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Old 06-11-2005, 08:16 PM   #1
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Multifunction support - Hal and Udev


I was looking for a bit of insight into something I was reading regarding linux and multifunction devices, my interest initially extends from the fact I have a Canon MPC190 multifunction printer/scanner which use USB as its connection. In most distro's the device is detected but unusable the scanner is not selectable (instead my winfast Tv card is detected as Scanner in programs such as Kooka) and printer is not functional.

I checked out Turboprint to see if they had a supported driver for the printer, I received an email in reply stating that as the unit gets detected as multifunction device the printer driver was non functional and they hadn't determined a workaround at this point, But they do have a printer driver for it

After reading an article in linux magazine april issue on Hotplugging its seems that most of the issue with this is the udev system as it appears that the HAL system is accurately detecting the device as multifunction but the device drivers are incapable of operating.

So would this mean that the fdi files that are needed to be fixed?

Anyone have a good understanding of how these errors occur? Or any good links for further info on it?

I want to get my head around as it is the only thing stopping me from ridding myself of Windows, as linux cannot detect multifunction devices properly or is it only canon device files it cannot operate properly?

Do you have a similar device problem? another canon device or other?

sorry for the length

Old 06-18-2005, 09:44 PM   #2
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Is this an issue relating to canon multifunction printer/scanners or a common issue with all brands of multifunction devices?


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