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Epson WF3640/CUPS Problems [obsolete]

Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:46 pm

Hi - hope someone can help me with this very frustrating problem. I have an Epson Workforce 3640 (WF-3640) attached to my home LAN. No problem printing to it from any other device on our network. I also have an RPi running a very current version of Raspian Jessie. I just installed CUPS 1.7.5 and want to print to this Epson printer. Doing the Add Printer process finds the printer, but of course - it doesn't have this one listed in the drop down list of 85,000 Epson printers.

So, how can I get the required Epson (or otherwise) drivers for this printer loaded on the RPi and then subsequently show up in the list? Visiting the Epson site was an exercise in futility - I found NO drivers for the ARMHF architecture, only i386 and AMD64. Their site was about as helpful as a broken crutch.

Have spent a lot of time Google searching for a procedure that actually works for the RPi and Epson printers, but was not successful.

Does anyone on this forum know an actual, working way to get this thing to function properly?

Thanks, Jim
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Re: Epson WF3640/CUPS Problems

Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:57 pm

W6JHB wrote:Hi - hope someone can help me with this very frustrating problem. I have an Epson Workforce 3640 (WF-3640) attached to my home LAN. No problem printing to it from any other device on our network. I also have an RPi running a very current version of Raspian Jessie. I just installed CUPS 1.7.5 and want to print to this Epson printer. Doing the Add Printer process finds the printer, but of course - it doesn't have this one listed in the drop down list of 85,000 Epson printers.

So, how can I get the required Epson (or otherwise) drivers for this printer loaded on the RPi and then subsequently show up in the list? Visiting the Epson site was an exercise in futility - I found NO drivers for the ARMHF architecture, only i386 and AMD64. Their site was about as helpful as a broken crutch.

Have spent a lot of time Google searching for a procedure that actually works for the RPi and Epson printers, but was not successful.

Does anyone on this forum know an actual, working way to get this thing to function properly?

Thanks, Jim
The Gutenprint Driver Package supports many Epson Printers, if still not supported buy a HP Printer supported by HPLIP. Software Package:

http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net/p_Sup ... inters.php

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sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install printer-driver-gutenprint
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Re: Epson WF3640/CUPS Problems

Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:53 pm

Thanks for the reply. The"printer-driver-gutenprint" application is already installed on my system. I looked at that link showing their printers and the WF-3640, which has been on the marked for several years, is not in the list.

I has hoping to find a solution to the problem; buying a new printer, while solving the problem, is NOT an option.
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Re: Epson WF3640/CUPS Problems

Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:48 pm

I am a noob with a Pi 3B that has been running for less than 24 hours. Following the NOOB thread I have installed the Raspbian OS onto a 32GB micro-sd, booted, installed the OS, and accessed the Internet via the wireless router on the Home network.

Today I began to investigate adding printing to the Pi. I updated the OS' packages with sudo app-get, then added CUPS via the gutenprint package installation. With this installed I was able to access CUPS through the browser at "localhost:631". I read the instructions for adding a printer and adding a network printer, then checked my Epson WorkForce WF-3620 all-in-one inkjet printer / scanner / copier / fax, from which I retrieved its IP address (assigned by the router through DHCP) and pinged it successfully.

With these results I then added the Epson, which CUPS had already discovered. However, like the OP I was unable to find a driver, among the many listed, that matched my model. I tried a few of the "nearest" but although they were able to communicate with the printer, all that resulted was the ejection of many sheets of blank paper.

I read elsewhere that a driver exists in Debian Jessie for this printer. Will this work in Raspbian? How would I go about adding a driver to CUPS?

Thanks for your reply.

-CH-

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Re: Epson WF3640/CUPS Problems

Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:38 am

CH - glad you resurrected this thread. I am quite disappointed that after all this time there has not been one suggestion from the many thousands of other Pi users as to where to get these drivers. Considering the number of Pi users and the number of Epson printers on the market, the matchup between the two has to be fairly large. Cannot anyone determine where these drivers must be hiding? And no, buying a new printer isn't in the cards.

I've temporarily gotten around the problem by printing my data to a file and then printing it from an iMac across my local network.

Ughhh......
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Re: Epson WF3640/CUPS Problems

Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:56 am

W6JHB wrote:CH - glad you resurrected this thread. I am quite disappointed that after all this time there has not been one suggestion from the many thousands of other Pi users as to where to get these drivers. Considering the number of Pi users and the number of Epson printers on the market, the matchup between the two has to be fairly large. Cannot anyone determine where these drivers must be hiding? And no, buying a new printer isn't in the cards.

I've temporarily gotten around the problem by printing my data to a file and then printing it from an iMac across my local network.

Ughhh......
Surely Epson should support their products and not expect the community to reverse engineer ?

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Re: Epson WF3640/CUPS Problems

Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:03 pm

Make sure that the printer's electrical cord is plugged into an electrical outlet and that the power switch is turned on. If you're printing to a shared printer or a printer on a network, make sure that all necessary computers and routers are turned on too. If your printer or other equipment is plugged in to a surge protector or a backup power supply, make sure that hardware is plugged in and turned on as well. Hope this tip will help you, if still issue exits then check Epson WF 3640 Manual for help.

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Re: Epson WF3640/CUPS Problems

Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:55 am

nahaks wrote:Make sure that the printer's electrical cord is plugged into an electrical outlet and that the power switch is turned on. If you're printing to a shared printer or a printer on a network, make sure that all necessary computers and routers are turned on too. If your printer or other equipment is plugged in to a surge protector or a backup power supply, make sure that hardware is plugged in and turned on as well. Hope this tip will help you, if still issue exits then check Epson WF 3640 Manual for help.
The posters have done all above, the issue is lack of supported drivers for Linux ARMHF Operating Systems.

If any of the posters have a Raspberry Pi 3B then could try installing Android as the printer is supported:

http://support.epson.net/appinfo/iprint/en/
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Re: Epson WF3640/CUPS Problems

Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:53 am

This is a little late, but I was able to get my WF-3640 working by compiling the epson drivers from source.

Download src files from http://download.ebz.epson.net/dsc/du/02 ... 16bfac03be
or

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wget https://download3.ebz.epson.net/dsc/f/03/00/06/06/12/5102fbe4d3ad88f52f9648d234fa24a19ba7ccfc/epson-inkjet-printer-escpr-1.6.14.tar.gz

sudo apt-get install libcups2-dev libcupsimage2 libcupsimage2-dev

gunzip epson-inkjet-printer-escpr-1.6.14.tar.gz
tar -xf epson-inkjet-printer-escpr-1.6.14.tar
cd epson-inkjet-printer-escpr-1.6.14

sudo ./configure
sudo make
sudo make install
The colors were coming out faded (draft mode) so I also had to set the printer media-type option to high, to fix this.

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Re: Epson WF3640/CUPS Problems

Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:43 pm

fruitoftheloom wrote:
Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:55 am
nahaks wrote:Make sure that the printer's electrical cord is plugged into an electrical outlet and that the power switch is turned on. If you're printing to a shared printer or a printer on a network, make sure that all necessary computers and routers are turned on too. If your printer or other equipment is plugged in to a surge protector or a backup power supply, make sure that hardware is plugged in and turned on as well. Hope this tip will help you, if still issue exits then check Epson WF 3640 Manual for help.
The posters have done all above, the issue is lack of supported drivers for Linux ARMHF Operating Systems.

If any of the posters have a Raspberry Pi 3B then could try installing Android as the printer is supported:

http://support.epson.net/appinfo/iprint/en/
some how after restarting the printer it starts working for me
thank u all

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Re: Epson WF3640/CUPS Problems

Tue May 29, 2018 6:59 pm

Find and download for free driver EPSON printer and solved with all problems for you printer, see the website: Epson Driver Download

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Re: Epson WF3640/CUPS Problems

Tue May 29, 2018 10:42 pm

MY problem is solved! The printer crapped out last month and I replaced it with a much faster unit - the Epson ET-3750.
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Re: Epson WF3640/CUPS Problems

Wed May 30, 2018 6:13 am

angelinaroses wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 6:59 pm
Find and download for free driver EPSON printer and solved with all problems for you printer, see the website: Epson Driver Download
Could you indicate where on that page is the driver for the Raspberry Pi?

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Re: Epson WF3640/CUPS Problems

Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:54 pm

Hi, I have an Epson WF3540 with the same issue. The response by "newline" from about a year ago seems most likely to provide a workable solution. I've never tried to compile from source -- so another new thrill in my exploration of linux via the RPi.

Unfortunately, the page on which newline found the driver he compiled seems no longer to exist. Epson's own locator did not come up with a useful file. (I'm not entirely sure what I should be looking for: I assume that a PPD file would already be compiled, so I would need the precursor file?) Can anyone help me find the file I would use to try the compilation steps?

Like the other posters, I have no interest in replacing my printer at this point in time. For future reference, I will take compatibility with RPi/Debian into account when I do replace it.

Since I have to have a Windows/Mac around to make SD cards, it isn't a horrible problem to export files to that machine and print from there, but it would be nice to have the ability to print directly from the Pi architecture.

Thank you for any insights and advice you can offer.
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Re: Epson WF3640/CUPS Problems

Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:51 pm

did you try the printer-driver-escpr package? It's not the most full-featured driver but it should work
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Re: Epson WF3640/CUPS Problems

Sat May 16, 2020 9:15 am

nahaks wrote:
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:03 pm
Make sure that the printer's electrical cord is plugged into an electrical outlet and that the power switch is turned on. If you're printing to a shared printer or a printer on a network, make sure that all necessary computers and routers are turned on too. If your printer or other equipment is plugged in to a surge protector or a backup power supply, make sure that hardware is plugged in and turned on as well. Hope this tip will help you, if still issue exits then check Epson WF 3640 Manual for help.
some how after restarting the printer it starts working for me
thank u all

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