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bexus 05-24-2011 08:56 AM

help with installing canon printer
I have a acer aspire one netbook with linux linpus lite. (no cd drive) I am trying to get my printer working with my net book, it is a canon pixma mp270. i have looked all over the web and i am getting very confused what to do, i am new to linux and to be honest new to computers so i am looking for a very kind person to hopefully give me a step by step walk through on how to install it. i have tried installing it but on the printer configuration my model of canon is not registered in the list mp270 and when i try and use it with any other one it just sits at idle status. please help me (

DavidMcCann 05-24-2011 10:37 AM

Linpus is a terrible implementation of Linux, and too old to include the MP270 driver. You can download one from here:
Get the RPM version.

bexus 05-24-2011 11:52 AM

hi thanks for getting back to me, i clicked on the link you gave me and the rpm version and it taked me to something called "xarchiver" and i really dont know what to do after this. i really do apologise im not that computer literate. i have never used linux before i just got a really good deal on a little netbook from acer and linpus comes with it. if you could give me maybe step by step of what to do with this xarchiver i would be very greatfull

bexus 05-24-2011 12:12 PM

okay so i clicked on extract but then a message appears saying 2 an error occurred accessing the archive" "do you want to view the command line output"??? is there any other way i can get this printer working?

markush 05-24-2011 01:27 PM

Hello bexus,

as DavidMcCann stated Linpus is not a fullfeatured Linux-distribution.
I'd recommend to take a look at another distribution and consider to install for example Ubuntu, the installation is explained here: in great detail. Also Mint may be a choice for you:

With on of these distributions it will be no problem to install your printer.


bexus 05-24-2011 01:31 PM

would ubuntu be the best one? i seem to get the feeling that i am so close to getting it to work as well cause i finally managed to get the netbook to recognise the printer but when i try to print something the printer status is idle

bexus 05-24-2011 01:34 PM

unfortunately this is still not helping me, again trying to download ubuntu it takes me to xarchiver and i am not confident enough to know what to do with any of this

markush 05-24-2011 01:37 PM

Well, Ubuntu is known as a good choice for newbies. The problem is that noone installs Linpus on his computer, Linpus is only available preinstalled on computers (instead of Windows) because it is cheaper than Windows.
I don't know which software Linpus is running for printing, most distributions nowadays use cups. If cups is installed and running, you may open a browser (e.g. firefox) and open the adress

which is the webinterface of cups where you can configure your printer. It is necessary to configure the users who are permitted to print.


markush 05-24-2011 01:42 PM

How about the computer where you are writing your posts? is it a fedora machine (which says the icon at your posts)? maybe it is possible to download the isofile there and make create a bootable USB-device as explained here:


DavidMcCann 05-25-2011 05:59 PM

I think the original poster's problem is what to do with the driver when downloaded. I'm not too sure where to look myself, never having needed to install a driver. In Fedora I have some printer stuff in /usr/share/foomatic/db/source/PPD/ but nothing with the name of my actual printer!

MikefromRamsbottom 02-04-2017 11:19 AM


Originally Posted by bexus (Post 4365840)
would ubuntu be the best one? i seem to get the feeling that i am so close to getting it to work as well cause i finally managed to get the netbook to recognise the printer but when i try to print something the printer status is idle

Back in 2012 I tried and failed to install a Canon iP2600 printer and it took me two months, perhaps longer, before I found the answer here on Linux Questions!
A post here pointed out that the driver which comes down from the repository when you try to install a Canon printer or scanner is only the Canon 'common' driver. You also need the 'specific' driver for your model. The post directed me to '' where there is a list of all Canon printers and scanners together with .deb and .rpm driver packages. I downloaded the appropriate packages - and one was the one already installed, the 'common' driver. Then I found I needed a 'transitional' package for CUPS! With all those packages installed the printer worked.
Now I've just changed to Ubuntu 16.04. I installed the printer again using all those packages (which I had saved! Never throw anything away!). But now I got an error message that libtiff4 was missing. Ubuntu 16.04 comes with libtiff5, but it wanted libtiff4 which I couldn't get using Synaptic. I 'googled' and found a page from where I could download libtiff4. Now the printer is working again!
I've just bought a HP all-in-one for wireless use with my laptop (also Ubuntu 16.04). Ubuntu comes with hplip (HP Linux Printing and scanning) though you always have to replace it with the latest version. By installing the HP printer and scanner using HPLIP on both desktop and laptop, I can print and scan from both machines. HP offer the best support for Linux!

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