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Epson C1100 Laser on Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon & 8.04 Hardy Heron

December 23rd, 2007
 
Firstly this might not work for everyone & there might be a better way (if you do know of one please share your knowledge & let me know).

It looks like something that ships with Ubuntu doesn't work with the Epson C1100r & the source file Epson-ALC1100-filter-1.2.tar.gz from epsons site www.avasts.jp doesn't work either (well I can't get it to work). However the rpm's available on the same site DO work if they are converted to deb's & installed.

#1 Install the dependencies (this is REALLY  important, if you don't do this it won't work)

Code:
sudo aptitude install gcc-3.3-base libstdc++5
or you could just use synaptic System > Administration > Synaptic & just search for & install gcc-3.3-base & libstdc++5

From here you can decide to;

OPTION A
the simplest way is just install the deb files direct from our site below
 
 
 

Just double click on EACH of these links, that will invoke the Gdebi package installer & install the files.

Then install the printer normally using System > Administration > Printers (AKA system-config-printer) & hopefully you will be printing happily in seconds

OR

OPTION B

you can make your own install files using Alien, the same way we did

Install Alien

Code:
sudo aptitude install alien

or just use synaptic System > Administration > Synaptic & search for & install alien

Then go to http://www.avasys.jp/english/linux_e/dl_laser.html

download these 2 files

For Turbo/RedHat/Fedora (Epson-ALC1100-filter-1.2-0.i386.rpm)
For Turbo/RedHat/Fedora (Epson-ALC1100-filter-cups-1.2-0.i386.rpm)

Or you could use our copies of the RPMs;

Epson-ALC1100-filter-1.2-0.i386.rpm

Epson-ALC1100-filter-cups-1.2-0.i386.rpm

then from a terminal run

Code:
sudo alien Epson-ALC1100-filter-1.2-0.i386.rpm
Code:
sudo alien Epson-ALC1100-filter-cups-1.2-0.i386.rpm
that will create 2 files

epson-alc1100-filter_1.2-1_i386.deb
epson-alc1100-filter-cups_1.2-1_i386.deb

you can then use dpkg -i

Code:
dpkg -i epson-alc1100-filter_1.2-1_i386.deb
Code:
dpkg -i epson-alc1100-filter-cups_1.2-1_i386.deb
or just double click the deb files with your mouse that will invoke the Gdebi package installer to install the files.

Then just install the printer normally using System > Administration > Printers (AKA system-config-printer).

You can download the ppd here;

Epson-AL-C1100-fm3.ppd 

& hopefully you will be now be printing happily