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Old 02-24-2011, 04:02 AM   #1
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Question Canon Printer Problem

I'm a long-time XP user working my way through issues associated with recently installed Ubuntu 10.04 on the slave drive in my Dell Desktop.

I've been recently stumped by the apparent lack of Linux drivers for my Canon MP990 Printer. I know I can buy TurboPrint, but prefer not to, if possible.

And since it is a multifunction system, I will also have to sort out how to make the scanner work, if I'm to fully move away from MS Windows.

Is there another workaround for this printer issue? At this point, this is the only thing stopping me from really getting full use of my Ubuntu system.

This seems to be a common complaint among Linux users.

I would be grateful for any advice allowing me to use my printer.



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Old 02-24-2011, 08:55 PM   #2
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Here's Canon's website on its driver support for Linux. That's the most reliable resource you can depend on for getting your printer to work with Linux.

Normally I would recommend someone getting either an HP or Brother printer since their driver support of Linux is exceptional.
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Some printers are problematical with Linux, primarily because the manufacturers do not pay Linux any attention.

I did not find a listing for the MP990 at, though other Canon printers were listed.

Canon offers Linux drivers for some printers here. Perhaps one of them could be also work with your printer:
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Thanks for the suggestions.
I was pretty much already aware of the info given, but hoped that someone might have something new to add.
Looks like I'll be buying a fix, unless I can get another driver to work.


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