Sat 3 Mar 2012
Epson L200 is a low cost multi-function device which is good for bulk printing. It offers Printing/Scanning and Copying. A similar model L100 is a stand along printer.
Note: This printer is a pain to get it working on Ubuntu, or Linux as it is not officially supported by Epson on Linux. If you are a Linux user, I would advice you not to buy this printer.
First this model works on Ubuntu 11.04 with these instructions. However on Ubuntu 11.10 you require some tweaking.
First go to Epson Linux Download Center.
These instructions work for L100 and L200.
Search for N11, L200 is not yet officially supported hence you search for similar model. The OS drop down below should show Linux.
Download the printer driver. For 32-bit systems the file is
It will require some LSB files which it should download on its own.
Now reboot your system and plug on USB, your printer will get auto-detected and it will install the driver. You will not be able to print yet.
On your browser, type localhost:631 this will bring up cups front end where you need to change a few things.
Click on printers tab on the right, select L200 under Queue Name, you will see two drop down menus.
Select Maintenance in the first one and Modify Printer, Now select the printer and say continue.
It would show Make Generic and Current Driver Generic ESC/P Dot Matrix
Click on Select Another Make/Manufacturer
Select Epson and Click on Continue
Now Select Epson Stylus N10 N11 Series
Now click on the Link below that says Modify Printer
Now if you print a test page you should see it printed.
To install the scanner, This is for L200.
Now go back to Epson Linux Download Center.
Now search for L200
The OS drop down below should show Linux.
Now accept and download these files for 32-bit systems
Install them and now you can scan from Any application like SimpleScan or use the ImageScan application installed.
My first comments on this printer for Linux/Ubuntu users.
This printer was a pain to install on Ubuntu and to print in the best photo quality you need Windows, on Ubuntu I was able to print in colour but not get the best quality.
Secondly to setup the printer you need Windows, to enter the ink tank codes, you will need this every time you re-fill the tanks.I have seen some hacks around this on Youtube, yet to try it and those hacks are also Windows only
If you have Linux only, you won’t be able to setup this printer and even if you have Windows, its a pain to setup this printer the first time.
Additional Comments for 12.04 and 12.10 users:
I haven’t been able to get this printer working properly on 12.04. It is printing but scanning is not working. So if you are a 12.04 user, beware.
However it worked well with 12.10 with the above steps.