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Old 02-13-2014, 09:36 AM   #1
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Getting Canon PIXMA MX452 working on Sabayon

Hey guys I recently switched to Sabayon from Ubuntu and so far everything is great except my printer. Canon provides Linux drivers as either .DEB, .RPM or Source. I tried installing from source but from the readme's it seems their source is only set up to compile into either DEB's or RPM's which makes no sense. I've tried to add the printer by IP and by using the PPD I found in the source pkg but nothing works. When I'm in the CUPS server it will add, say it prints but it never does. When I try to add the printer from the GUI it never allows me to click the apply button at the end, not sure if thats an indication of something wrong or not.

I searched the forums and tried following the directions from others with PIXMA series printers and haven't gotten anywhere. I don't know where to start at this point.

This is where I'm getting the Linux drivers for my series if that helps

The US site doesn't have them. Any help is GREATLY appreciated
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:15 AM   #3
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Have you tried Gentoo...

Sabayon, based on Gentoo, installs packages common to Gentoo, and there is a process for converting .deb and .rpm packages to install in Gentoo. You could also convert the Canon source download instead, since Gentoo installs from source, but I don't know if this is any better. Either way, installing with ebuild might give you useful error messages and requests for missing dependencies. An internet search will tell you more, but it doesn't seem to be straightforward. Maybe this helps:

The first thing is to see if you can get the driver installed, but I suspect that you then might have to edit the PPD file generated on installation to list the MX452. After that, enjoy more fault finding before printing; lots of things stand in the way of a good print.

In general, editing a PPD can get features not found in all the Canon linux drivers, such as Greyscale printing and other DPI settings, to produce higher quality photo prints or to save on ink for ordinary text.

Very good luck on this.

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