I actually tried two things and don't know which actually worked. I tried
installing the XP drivers (from the Epson site first), and that failed during
install. I then used Add a Printer to add the R220 as a local printer, using
the Virtual USB Printer port. After a reboot, the Unknown Device was gone,
the R220 was listed in the Printers page, and I could print to it.
Good news is that the printer does work, even prints CDs and DVDs. Bad news
is that the ink monitor does NOT work. If you look at the Printer
Preferences, Tools tab, the Status Monitor is greyed out. There is
apparently no way to actually check the ink levels until the ink light
flashes on the printer. Then, you can only find out which cartridge needs to
> I also have an Epson R220, have been checking the Epson site for Vista
> drivers for it but so far they haven't shown up. Where did you get Vista
> drivers for your R220?
> "Bill" <Bill@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > Really? This works?? I have an Epson R220 and, like you, can't get the
> > Status Monitor to work. I didn't know that there is a "basic view" for
> > printer preferences.
> > I called Epson Support and was told that the Vista-supplied R220 driver
> > doesn't include the Status Monitor. They are "working on" a new driver
> > that
> > will (yeah, right).
> > I, too, saw some traffic about an updated driver but it's for the R260. I
> > also saw some postings of the "new" Status Monitor SW, downloaded it, but
> > it
> > requires an R1800 to install.
> > So, if all I have to do is change to "basic view", then that's great!!
> > How
> > do you do that?
> > "Larry" wrote:
> >> "StarWalker13" wrote:
> >> > Did you check the printing preference? Thats where the ink level
> >> > indicator
> >> > for the C88 is
> >> >
> >> Thanks for the tip; problem solved. At least one of them anyway. I always
> >> use the advanced view of the printing preferences, and had not really
> >> explored the basic option. Sure enough, in the basic view I find the ink
> >> monitor, which even works correctly! Next problem is to find a way to
> >> save my
> >> dozen or so special settings for different media.