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Install Epson AL-M1200 printer on Ubuntu

Ubuntu seems to have trouble talking to the Epson AL-M1200 printer. These instructions will get it working. Based on a set of instructions found here.

  1. Download epsoneplijs-0.4.1.tgz -file from here
  2. cd Downloads (or whatever directory you downloaded the file to)
  3. tar zxvf epsoneplijs-0.4.1.tgz
  4. cd epsoneplijs-0.4.1
  5. ./configure --prefix=/usr
  6. sudo make install
  7. Download PPD file from here or here
  8. Connect your printer to your computer and turn it on. (You can do it in the beginning, but at least now you need it connected and powered on.)
  9. Go to System Settings → Printing → click “Add” and choose from the list Epson AL-M1200.
  10. Click "Forward". Ubuntu searches for drivers for some time and then gives “New printer”-window with the title “Choose driver”.
  11. Tick the box "Provide PPD file” and navigate to the directory where you downloaded it and choose it.
  12. Click "Open" and "Forward". Ubuntu asks if you want a test page.
@snchiou

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commented Apr 27, 2016

I tried on both ubuntu 15.10 and ubuntu16.04(released on April 22th), and they all works fine. Thanks.

@giulnz

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commented Aug 31, 2016

Thanks works fine for me too.

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commented Apr 25, 2019

works great! thanks

@aliaksandr-adzinets

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commented Apr 29, 2019

I had to restart my Ubuntu 18.04 after providing the PPD file. Otherwise, it works, thank you!

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