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I previously had this working with Ubuntu 10.x, and just recently upgraded to 12.04 (64 bit).

I had installed the driver from Epson: epson-inkjet-printer-escpr_1.2.0-1lsb3.2_i386.deb, and now also tried: epson-inkjet-printer-escpr_1.2.2-1lsb3.2_i386.deb but neither worked.

> sudo dpkg -i epson-inkjet-printer-escpr_1.2.2-1lsb3.2_i386.deb
(Reading database ... 753018 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to replace epson-inkjet-printer-escpr:i386 1.2.2-1lsb3.2 (using epson-inkjet-printer-escpr_1.2.2-1lsb3.2_i386.deb) ...
Unpacking replacement epson-inkjet-printer-escpr:i386 ...
cups stop/waiting
cups start/running, process 28199
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of epson-inkjet-printer-escpr:i386:
 epson-inkjet-printer-escpr:i386 depends on lsb (>= 3.2).
dpkg: error processing epson-inkjet-printer-escpr:i386 (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Processing triggers for libc-bin ...
ldconfig deferred processing now taking place
Errors were encountered while processing:
 epson-inkjet-printer-escpr:i386

The issue seems to be: epson-inkjet-printer-escpr:i386 depends on lsb (>= 3.2).

I have lsb 4.0 installed, but maybe it's not the i386 version?

> dpkg -l | grep lsb
iU  epson-inkjet-printer-escpr:i386                          1.2.2-1lsb3.2                                   Epson Inkjet Printer Driver (ESC/P-R) for Linux
ii  lsb                                                      4.0-0ubuntu20.2                                 Linux Standard Base 4.0 support package
ii  lsb-base                                                 4.0-0ubuntu20.2                                 Linux Standard Base 4.0 init script functionality
ii  lsb-core                                                 4.0-0ubuntu20.2                                 Linux Standard Base 4.0 core support package
ii  lsb-cxx                                                  4.0-0ubuntu20.2                                 Linux Standard Base 4.0 C++ support package
ii  lsb-desktop                                              4.0-0ubuntu20.2                                 Linux Standard Base 4.0 Desktop support package
ii  lsb-graphics                                             4.0-0ubuntu20.2                                 Linux Standard Base 4.0 graphics support package
ii  lsb-printing                                             4.0-0ubuntu20.2                                 Linux Standard Base 4.0 Printing package
ii  lsb-release                                              4.0-0ubuntu20.2                                 Linux Standard Base version reporting utility

I have also run sudo apt-get -f install to no avail.

This was for the "Download Printer Driver ESC/P-R Driver (generic driver)"

Thank you!

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I have had exactly the same problem. However I found this link :

http://www.muktware.com/news/976/ubuntu-becomes-first-os-get-automatic-epson-printer-drivers#.UK4l-eB2MUQ

which suggests that Ubuntu 12.04 is capable of finding and installing printer drivers automatically. Although sceptical, I decided to try with my wirelessly-connected Epson PX730WD. It worked ! I used "System Settings / Printing / Add Printer / Find Printer" (roughly speaking) which found the printer as soon as I turned it on. In fact the drivers it found were for a slightly lower spec device - the PX710W - but so far I have not had any difficulties as a result of this.

I hope you find this useful.

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It did work! I was skeptical because it had already listed the printer (but perhaps this was due to the USB cable). When I added it from the network it worked. Thank you. –  John Lehmann Nov 25 '12 at 23:52

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