My Epson 3880 printer was working well under Snow Leopard but after updating to Lion on my MacBook Pro a few months ago I haven't yet been able to get the printing to work. The printer is connected directly via USB. If I unplug the printer from my MacBook Pro and plug it into my MacPro then it works normally. I have tried deleting the printer and reloading it. Software Update is all up to date. 10.7.3. I didn't get any help whatsoever from Epson.
I have tried printing from a variety of applications (FileMaker Pro, TextEdit, Adobe Reader, Photoshop etc.) but always the same problem. When I try to print, things seem to go normally until I press "print". That is, the printer dialogue box comes up normally and I can select the printer, paper size, options, etc. However, the print dialogue box looks different, simpler with less options. I can't tell if this is normal under Lion or if it indicates something wrong with the printer driver.
The printer shows up as "connected". After I press "print" the progress box that usually appears just flashes on very briefly and disappears. Normally this box shows for at least a few seconds. Then, when nothing happens, I check the printer monitor icon in the dock. There is a red number showing a new page is ready to print. But nothing happens. On the printer monitor box it shows "Printer Ready" but down in the jobs list it shows the name of the document waiting to be printed and under "status" is says "error". If I click "Resume" the status changes to "printing" then I get a couple of very brief messages - too fast to read, and then they disappear and status returns to "error".
If I click "job info" I get a bunch of stuff but this message looks like the important one "/Library/Printers/EPSON/InkjetPrinter/Filter/pdftopdf.app/Contents/MacOS/pdfto pdf failed".
I can connect to the Epson 3880 when it is wired to the MacPro as a network printer and I can print but I can't seem to get the same printer options selections. I can get the basic ones but not the important ones for this printer - just generic ones.
Does anobody have any suggestions for me to try. I have read through a number of other printer related issues with Lion but most are with network printing or wireless printing.