Epson web site has a new driver for the 2200. Posted 4/14. Anyone try it yet? What's different / new?
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#1. "RE: new driver for Epson2200" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberFri 18-Apr-03 12:27 PM
I just installed a Windows 2000 version. So far...
The installation assumes usb or parallel. I'm using firewire, so the installation got into a loop checking for printers and not finding them. The driver did install and it found my printer, but I had to intervene and stop the search wizard to finish the install.
The new driver defaults to an "idiot lights" version with basic controls using icons to select print quality. When you select the advanced mode, the interface looks a lot like the old driver.
I hope Epson fixed some things like the matte/photo black detection. With the old driver, the cartridge wasn't detected and the paper choices set correctly until you used the maintenance control to look at the installed cart, then you had to exit the driver setup, get warning that the settings are no longer correct, then go back and select the appropriate paper options.
I'll check it out and run a couple of test prints to see what else might be different.
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#3. "RE: new driver for Epson2200" | In response to Reply # 2BJNicholls Charter MemberSat 19-Apr-03 01:52 AM
It took me a while to figure out what went wrong with the install. Be sure to also download the Epson Monitor 3 software and follow the instructions on the components to uninstall before you start. I jumped the gun, perhaps causing the installation hangup. After my installation, the printer driver was only communicating one way to the printer. I could print test pages, but ink and printer status weren't being detected by the monitor application.
If you got as far as I did, you need to do the uninstalls described on the driver page. Then I ran the Monitor 3 install and restarted my system. Bi-directional support returned and the driver appears to work fine.
The new driver has some real improvements. In the advanced mode (check the "show this screen first" to make advanced mode persistent), all of the major print setup functions are now on one tab. You can set print quality, paper type, color and color management on the first tab as before, but now you also spec paper size and feed mechanism (including roll paper options) via this single control panel.
The color controls are slightly different. There isn't a "no color adjustment" for using ICM profiles - to get this option you check the ICM radio button and then you get new control with the choice of no color adjustment or printer ICM (with selection of profile and intent below).
It looks like Epson did fix the behavior of the matte black and photo black cart detection so the paper options change before you leave the control panel entirely. It's still clunky - why not just auto detect the cart and display that the print options are changing without requiring you to navigate to the maintenance tab?
I see no difference in prints via the new driver vs. the old. At least nothing obvious. You may want to think twice before running the upgrade unless the interface changes appeal to you. You'll lose any custom presets you've defined in the previous driver. I lost mine and it will take me quite a while to re-create the half dozen variations I used for different paper and ink combinations.