I just upgraded to Windows 7 and am having quite a time getting my Epson Stylus Photo 1280 functioning properly. I can get it to print if I let Windows Update detect the printer and automatically install the software, but when I do, I am missing a couple things that used to work just fine, namely Ink Level display (on first page of printer properties) and Double-sided Printing on the 3rd tab. Both of these are grayed out/not available.
If I had the option to print even or odd pages only, I could duplex print manually, but I don't even have that option (seems strange
Also, so far I have been only able to get my printer to work when hooked up via the usb cable, but I would like to be able to use the serial cable to free up one of my usb ports. However, when I try to install the software with the serial connected, Windows doesn't detect/see the printer.
Is there something I can do to 1) get my double-sided printing (et al) back, and 2) be able to use my printer via the serial cable?
Alternately I have tried using the driver for XP / 2000 from here
(v5.2cA) and running in compatibility mode as administrator. But it only works with the usb, will not detect the printer if it is hooked up via the serial cable.
Double-sided printing and ink level monitor are the most important with ability to print via the serial close behind.