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Old 04-25-2011, 06:12 PM   #1
alibaba508
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Installing Canon MX700


Built new system, decided at long last to go Linux - with thanks to all the work put in by others.

Running Ubuntu 10.10. Very easy to use except for installing printers.
System sees the scanner [ by usb] and uses it, so is obviously connected.

There seem to have been a plethora of posts going back years about MX700s, so maybe I just have to bite the bullet and change my printer.

However, if there IS a recent solution somewhere, I'd like to try it. Always bearing in mind that I'm a newbie, and complicated procedures are going to be a problem to start with - it's a long time since I coded in basic.

If there is a general beginners book/file/text around, someone could perhaps please let me know.

thanks

alibaba
 
Old 04-25-2011, 06:50 PM   #2
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Hello,

could you please provide more information about how you tried to install the printer?

On modern Linux-systems the cups-program is used for printing. cups comes with a webinterface. If the cups-daemon (cupsd) is running you can open the webinterface in a browser with the adress
Code:
http://localhost:631
here you can add printers. Be sure to add yourself to the users who are permitted to print.

If you can't open the webinterface, check if cupsd is running:
Code:
ps -e | grep cups
if it is not running, use the documentation of Ubuntu in order to find out how services (on Linux-systems we call them daemon) are started.

Markus
 
Old 04-25-2011, 08:04 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by alibaba508 View Post
Built new system, decided at long last to go Linux - with thanks to all the work put in by others.

Running Ubuntu 10.10. Very easy to use except for installing printers.
System sees the scanner [ by usb] and uses it, so is obviously connected.

There seem to have been a plethora of posts going back years about MX700s, so maybe I just have to bite the bullet and change my printer.

However, if there IS a recent solution somewhere, I'd like to try it. Always bearing in mind that I'm a newbie, and complicated procedures are going to be a problem to start with - it's a long time since I coded in basic.

If there is a general beginners book/file/text around, someone could perhaps please let me know.

thanks

alibaba
These Ubuntu users got the MX700 working by telling the system it was a TurboPrint MP510

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=571795
 
Old 04-30-2011, 01:07 AM   #4
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Thank you Markus,

I presume that the code you gave me is to be entered in Terminal - [ told you I was a novice!]

so- when I installed Ubuntu 10:10 - would it have installed CUPS?
If not- I see that I have to download a tarball CUPS installer? - then I can use CUPS to try to find my printer.

Is that correct?

thanks

Alibaba
 
Old 04-30-2011, 03:33 AM   #5
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I presume that the code you gave me is to be entered in Terminal - [ told you I was a novice!]...
The first line (the http-adress is to be inserted into the adressfield of your webbrowser (for example firefox), the second command has to be executed in a terminal (as root or with sudo).
Quote:
...so- when I installed Ubuntu 10:10 - would it have installed CUPS?...
normally it should come with a stock-install, but I'm no expert with Ubuntu.
Quote:
...If not- I see that I have to download a tarball CUPS installer? - then I can use CUPS to try to find my printer.

Is that correct?...
if cups is not installed you can install it from the repository of Ubuntu, that doesn't need a tarball. If you have cups already installed, you'll have to check that it's running. Cups is a daemon (for Windows-users: a service) which means that it runs in background and waits for printjobs. If you want to check if cupsd (the name of the daemon) is running you can do that with the command in my first post (the second one) and if it is running you can use the webinterface to configure your printer.

Note that if cups is installed and not running, you'll have to configure it to be started when the system starts. All I wrote until now is valid for any Linux-distribution. If you have Ubuntuspecific questions, I'd recommend to read their documentation. https://help.ubuntu.com/6.10/ubuntu/...de/C/cups.html

Note that the webinterface for the configuration is not available until cupsd is running.

Markus

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