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Epson Stylus Photo RX500
Color inkjet printer, max. 5760x1440 dpi, works Partially
Recommended Driver: gutenprint (Home page)
Generic Instructions: CUPS, no spooler


Printer supports direct text printing with the 'us-ascii' charset.


Multi-function device: Printer, Scanner, Copier.

The printing engine of this device is most probably the same as of the Epson Stylus Photo R300, for which basic support is available in Gimp-Print 5.0.x. Fine tuning, testing, and support for printing on CDs still has to be done.

This printer has slots for all common types of flash memory cards. so one can print photos without PC direcly from the camera's card. The front panel has a graphical user interface which gives many options for printing from photo cards. Photo download works with kernel 2.4.21 or later. The memory card can be simply mounted as a USB-mass-storage device then. You can also scan documents or photos onto a memory card, for example for usage with a PDA.

6-color CMYKcm printing, printing on inkjet-printable CDs and DVDs possible (not yet supported by Gimp-Print).

Scanning should work as described for the Epson Stylus CX3200 and CX5200, best with kernel 2.4.21 or later. To make the "epson" backend of SANE recognizing this device, you have to add a line like

usb 0x4b8 0x805

to the /etc/sane.d/epson.conf file where the two hexadecimal numbers are the vendor and product IDs of your scanner. You find the actual IDs in /proc/bus/usb/devices. Search for an entry for an Epson device (the model name can be different to "CX5400" as often the Epson devices report their japanese market name) and in the line beginning with "P" directly above the line with the manufacturer name you find the hexadecimal vendor and product IDs.

Copying should just work with the front panel of the device.

Consumables/Refills: 6 separately exchangeable ink cartridges


The following driver(s) are known to drive this printer:

Recommended driver:

gutenprint  (driver home page)
Top Quality Printer Drivers for inkjets, dye sublimation printers, and PCL lasers
Supplier: Gutenprint project
License: GPL (free software)
User support:Gutenprint mailing list at SourceForge (voluntary)
Color output   Type: CUPS Raster
Text:||||||||||  90Graphics:||||||||||  100System Load:Unknown
Line Art:||||||||||  90Photo:||||||||||  100Speed:||||||||||  60