Installed a new Epson C-88 and it worked fine for about a week, although certain test and maintainance tools seemed cranky. About 3 days ago, the red light on the left hand button started to blink, which I think was a warning that one or more of the ink cartidges was running low. So, I went to the Toolbox, and clicked "Check ink Quantity", to see if ink level was the problem. I get error message saying, "No access to printer port. Use root login to get ink status"
Needed to use the printer so kept going, and after a few more pages, printer stopped printing. I logged in as root, went to tpsetup, and saw that printer has stopped, as indicated by the green "started" (running) indicator turning red. As "root" I check ink quantity, and get a new error message: "Printer not found" "Printer busy/not connected/switched off".
Am running Fedora Core 1, and have C-88 on USB, as it is supposed to be faster.
How can I get "Check ink Quantity" utility to tell me which cartridge is low? Assuming that is the problem, I don't want to throw away 3 perfectly good cartridges just to replace the right one.
Any chance that switching to parallel port would solve the problem? Or is this a lost cause to get level indicator working?