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Old 04-15-2005, 12:28 PM   #1
snay
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Create a script to configure my printer


Im having some bizare issues with my Canon Pixma IP3000 Printer. I know there isn't an open source driver for it, and I don't want to spend thirty euros on a printer driver, when I already spent buying the printer.
However, I did get it for Windows XP, and I am now dual booting SuSE 9.1 and XP.
I have got the printer working, by using the built in driver for the Canon BJ-7004, and it works pretty well. It does make some noises that scare my dear old Nan, who lives about three miles away, and is going deaf, but it works. Now the fact that it doesn't print photos too well, or have duplex printing, or sounds about fifty times louder than when I run it under windows, or any other problems don't bother me too much. The fact is that I have saved some cash, and got my printer working, is enough to make me happy for a while. However I am having a few problems with it that are annoying.
It needs deleting and reconfiguring after each install. Seriously. The saved settings don't work, so I have to go through all the hassle of deleting the printer, and reconfiguring it exactly the same as before. Which gets irritating.
Also, when it auto power offs, It wont power on again until it is unplugged and left to stand for ten minutes. So I have disabled the auto power off. But I keep leaving it on all night.

So what I am after is:
a. A free printer driver for it (I cant find one anywhere)
b. Is there some way, such as a shell script, that I could use to delete the printer and then reconfigure it each time I start up.
c. Any clues/workaround for the power thing.

Actually the power thing is probably a hardware issue, and not a Linux issue, but I don't know. It did start happening when I started using Linux, but thats probably a coincidence, as I don't think that the firmware was altered.
 
Old 04-16-2005, 12:25 PM   #2
trickykid
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Re: Create a script to configure my printer

Quote:
Originally posted by snay
So what I am after is:
a. A free printer driver for it (I cant find one anywhere)
b. Is there some way, such as a shell script, that I could use to delete the printer and then reconfigure it each time I start up.
c. Any clues/workaround for the power thing.

Actually the power thing is probably a hardware issue, and not a Linux issue, but I don't know. It did start happening when I started using Linux, but thats probably a coincidence, as I don't think that the firmware was altered.
First of all, I'd stop using the driver that was not intended for use with such printer, your going to damage it if it even makes 50% more noise when not using it under Windows with the proper driver, or youg going to be buying a new one real soon.

A. I doubt there are free drivers available if all you could find was drivers you had to pay for. It's most likely Canon that hasn't released anything about this printer or its hardware specs for someone to hack around and make some open source one's.

B. You could write a script but why? Like mentioned before, your using a driver that most likely isn't designed for this printer and is only going to damage it.

C. No, you've probably already damaged it at this point, especially if it started this once you started using the driver that was not made for this printer under Linux and it started making noises that your Nan can hear 3 miles away and that is deaf.
 
Old 04-26-2005, 11:35 AM   #3
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Allthough I do not know wether it is any better in your case, the bjc7000 driver is suggested in this page:
http://www.linuxprinting.org/piperma...q4/001797.html
Turboprint, at www.turboprint.de, also supports the ip3000; if you want to pay 1/3 of the price the printer costed (in my case).
 
  


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