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Thread: Epson DX4400 cartridge change

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2013

    Epson DX4400 cartridge change

    I had windows xp and Ubuntu running alongside each other but mostly used Ubunto.

    My printer works fine with Ubunto until a cartridge needs replacing. When this happens I go to the ink/toner option and get a message saying that I can't check the ink levels with Ubuntu.

    Up until my windows completely collapsed (I can't start up windows at all now) I would switch OSs and check the cartridges with windows and print from there.

    So...basically, how do I get the ink levels to show up with Ubunto as I am unable to print off any invoices...neccessary for my business.

    Someone suggested I just check the cartridges manually...which I can't do as the carrier doesn't sit anywhere where I can get to it. Also...checking manually doesn't tell me which cartridge needs I would have to change all cartridges when only one needs replacing.

    Also...why would I want to do this manually when I should be able to check levels with any operating system I use.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    gypsy encampment
    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: Epson DX4400 cartridge change

    Perhaps this will help:

    Application named 'Stylus-Toolbox' from Sourceforge. I haven't had to use this, but it might be worth a try.
    System76 Serval Pro 7: Ubuntu 14.04; Dell Latitude D800: Lubuntu 14.04; Zotac Z-Box ID45: Mythbuntu 14.04 with MythTV 0.27

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Virginia, USA
    Ubuntu Mate Development Release

    Re: Epson DX4400 cartridge change

    I've used several Epson printers, and in every case, there's a button combination you can press on the printer that will move the cartridge holder so you can see which cartridge needs replacing. I would be surprised if the DX4400 did not have this feature.

    As to checking ink levels, it's not an OS function; instead, it's a driver function. Epson distributes their ink monitoring utility with their Windows installations, but does not (AFAIK) make such a utility for Linux.

    What I've used in the past (and still use) is mtink. You should Google for this, download and install it, and go through the steps to have it find your printer.
    Ubuntu 16.10 Mate, Mint 18 Mate; MS Win 8.1, MS Win10 Pro.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2005

    Inq is a new contender as an ink level monitor

    there has been a thread running where a correspondent was installing inq

    and asked for some help

    install page here

    inq requires a few extra packages; with the command

    sudo apt-get install libxtst-dev build-essential libqt4-dev qt4-qmake libinklevel-dev
    that should all that seemed needed................before !! one begins the download and install of inq itself !!

    my interest was piqued and I have installed it and it is good; if one makes onself a user of the lp group, it runs more easily

    sudo gpasswd -a <your user> lp
    so for me as pdc the command was gpasswd -a pdc lp and for simplicity a restart before starting inq for the first time
    Last edited by pdc; May 19th, 2013 at 01:49 AM.


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