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Old 11-17-2008, 06:15 AM   #1
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[Kubuntu 8.10] Please help me get my Canon Laser printer to work

I am trying to get our new Canon LaserBase MF3220 Laser Printer to work on Kubuntu here. I cannot seem to find any drivers for it. I tried the generic driver, that did not work at all. I tried a couple others, with no luck. I installed a bunch of stuff, I added some lines to the repositories, still, nothing.

When trying to print a test page using the generic driver, I get this:

"CUPS Server error

There was an error during the CUPS operation: 'client-error-document-format-not-supported'."

Any help would be appreciated.
Old 11-17-2008, 07:30 AM   #2
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Please post your thread in only one forum. Posting a single thread in the most relevant forum will make it easier for members to help you and will keep the discussion in one place. This thread is being closed because it is a duplicate.
Old 11-17-2008, 09:04 AM   #3
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I closed the other two....

I installed a bunch of stuff, I added some lines to the repositories, still, nothing.
This does not help!! What stuff? What lines?

I don't know what you mean by the generic driver. How did you install?---eg with the cups html interface? What drivers were offered? My system offers no models even close to "MF3220".

Try here:

and the Canon website.

and maybe Turboprint...

For what it's worth, HP has the best Linux printer support. Canon is probably not at the bottom of the list any more (eg Lexmark), but they are still pretty far behind.
Old 11-17-2008, 09:29 AM   #4
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My experience with getting printers installed with Linux is that you need CUPS and Foomatic installed for sure, but that Gutenprint (Epson and others) and HPLIP (for HP) are useful as well. Also you don't need an exact match. Choose the closest one. For example I have a Brother DCP-7020 Laser printer and can print with the DCP-7010 driver.
Old 11-29-2008, 05:28 AM   #5
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Thank you all...

Sorry, I posted more than one because I had two on the Ubuntu Forums and one on yahoo answers... I got NO responses. So whether you guys can help or not... you replying is a BIG blessing to me!

The Generic Text Only Printer, was what I selected as canon has NOTHING even close of a driver for this printer... I searched the web, I could not find it. I read you can use a .pdd file, whatever that is... but I found none on the driver CD.

Any help would be appreciated.
Old 11-29-2008, 10:49 AM   #6
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Canon Fodder

Unfortunately this is a common problem particularly with Canon and Lexmark printers in Linux. There are no suitable Linux drivers available, full stop, period, finito.

The only solution, assuming you are staying with Linux, is to sell or return your Canon printer and then purchase, either new or used, a Linux-friendly printer.

I recommend HP, Brother or Epson for Linux compatibility but do check on the Linux forums or here FIRST before you part with your cash for a second time!!


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