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Old 08-17-2012, 12:21 PM   #1
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Trying to install Canon Pixma MG3120 on Linux Mint Maya 64 bit


Is it even possible to get this combination to work? Using the default print driver Mint loaded I can print only in black, have no use of my scanner or color portion of printer.
 
Old 08-17-2012, 01:14 PM   #2
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From Canon's FAQ's.

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Is there a linux driver for MG3120?
I just purchased this printer and I need to be able to print from my linux computer. Is there a driver from Canon that supports linux for this printer? If not is there a driver that supports another printer that would work for this model as well?
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We sincerely apologize, but Linux drivers are not supported. While considering the desire to provide the best possible support for Canon’s products, Canon must make decisions on which products to support when new operating systems are introduced. Currently, Canon has decided to support only the Microsoft Windows and the Macintosh operating systems.
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Id say you are out of luck. I looked at the Asian web site for Canon, sometimes you find drivers there, this MFP printer is not listed.
 
Old 09-28-2012, 02:22 AM   #3
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Canon provide drivers for linux and the MG3100 range

............perhaps a bit late !!!!!!!!!!!!

......but perhaps better late than never.....................!!!!!!!!

Canon do provide drivers for linux; for their latest printers they provide:

.deb and .rpm packages and the sources files.............and they provide 32bit and 64bit drivers.............

so for the Canon MG 3100 series............they provide .....................a driver that covers the 3100 series .......

........so it doesn't matter if you have the MG3120........or MG3140...............or MG3160........

...........the MG3100 series drivers work ............for any printer in the 3100 series.......

so for example if one goes to the Canon Asia website, and selects this printer, and selects linux............

........one gets...........

http://support-asia.canon-asia.com/P..._os&g_os=Linux

1) a printer driver of your choice: either a .deb or .rpm package or the source file

2) ScanGear MP ........a specific canon programme that will drive the scanner function on a multi-function:

NB: ScanGear needs two components; (as do many drivers........): FIRSTLY: the common package, and SECONDLY, the package specific to the printer:

........it seems worthwhile to tell folks this........to help linux users...............
 
Old 08-17-2013, 11:20 PM   #4
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MG3100 Drivers

Thank you for your information. This really made my istallation nicer to deal with.

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Old 08-25-2013, 05:10 PM   #5
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I downloaded those drivers also and it will print but everything comes out very dark, extremely saturated. I guess its better than nothing.
 
Old 08-26-2013, 04:33 PM   #6
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Perhaps to add and edit...

Assuming you have tried all the color, brightness, and contrast adjustments available with CUPS, you might try writing your own specifications.

In my case, I bought a Canon MG5450 and installed it as a wireless printer with scanner under openSUSE 12.3 using the Canon drivers.

The Internet told me that I could add a line to the ppd file in my cups folder specifying a resolution of 300dpi in addition to the 600dpi default, using thereafter half the ink for my foolscap.

If you look at your ppd file, you might be able to edit the file for brightness, contrast, the individual inks, or something else that could help with the problem.

What version of the Canon drivers have you installed? The latest Canon drivers for the MG3140 or MG3150 from Canon Europe(Canon Support UK) might be a better fit for you if there is a real difference in the hardware between models. Again, if it helps at all, some editing of the particulars might be necessary to get the right tuning. Good Luck

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Old 08-26-2013, 09:04 PM   #7
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Is it even possible to get this combination to work? Using the default print driver Mint loaded I can print only in black, have no use of my scanner or color portion of printer.
My condolences. I had a Canon printer and (still have the) scanner. While Ubuntu had a driver for the printer, it did not work well. There is no Linux driver, that I know of, for the scanner. No positive response from the "Ask Ubuntu" website.

As camorri noted, Canon has been very uncooperative in terms of supporting Linux. Which has been my unfortunate experience too. So about the only option that we have is to scream "boycott" and to buy printers/scanners from other companies.
 
Old 08-27-2013, 07:03 AM   #8
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To be fair...

Canon has gotten better in their support for linux. The latest drivers for the models for which they supply drivers seem to work well, and Canon printers print nice, sharp shiny photographs. Otherwise, there are may be many reasons for choosing something else.

However, if anyone is thinking of buying a Canon, check Canon and the Internet thoroughly for information on how well any Canon model is supported and performs in practice under linux .

In addition, Canon are not fools, and they've now taken to making their ink cartridges in black, making them hard to refill.

There is an alternative to Canon for ink for my MG5450 in Denmark where I live, but no guarantee that this is the case for any Canon model where you live.

For any printer, careful purchasing is a requirement.

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Old 04-20-2014, 09:38 AM   #9
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Continuing old problem

Ok, I got frustrated and went back to Windows for a while, then I decided to try Xubuntu. I really, really like it but have same issues with this printer. I went and downloaded drivers directly from Canon but everything still prints too dark/wet. I've tried adjusting brightness, saturation, density. It seems like nothing works. Everything prints glacially slow compared to how it printed with Windows drivers and everything is way too dark.

Is there some setting I'm missing that would cure this? Should I just ditch this printer?

I'd really like to stay with Xubuntu but printer issues are driving me crazy.

Thanks in advance for any help.
 
Old 04-20-2014, 05:21 PM   #10
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Should I just ditch this printer?
This is your choice. Things to know. Canon is not the best supplier of drivers for open source.

If you decide to buy another printer, do some research before you buy a printer.

Personally, I stay away from ink jet printers. The printers are cheap enough, its the ink that the makers make all their money on. I bought a laser printer from Brother. The printer costs more, however, a toner cartridge last me between 2 and 3 years. The cartridge cost about double what a B/W + Colour ink cartridge costs. Ink cartridges dry up if you don't use them. I threw out way to may of them that had only printed a few pages. I know you can refill your own, that is a pain when you run out.

HP and Brother are two makers to look at for open source printing. Both have good printer support for their own printers. There may be more, however that is my experience.

A good source of information on printers for linux is here -->http://www.linuxprinting.org/
 
  


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