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Old 04-14-2014, 01:20 PM   #1
PeteTheOAP
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Installing a Canon (MG5550( printer) & finding a minimised program.


Hi,
[1] Am dual booting - Win XP (32b) and Ubuntu (13.10).
New printer installed OK on Win XP but CD rejected on Linux. How do I install ?

[2] After 'minimising' a program how do I find it again ?

Nice and simple answers please - I'm new to Linux.

Thanks

Pete
 
Old 04-15-2014, 02:47 AM   #2
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Printing under Linux is more complicated than Windows for several reasons, one being that many manufacturers won't provide drivers.

You will be using the CUPS printing system and installing Canon-specific drivers.

I think you want the scangearmp drivers for the scanner and cnijfilter drivers for the printer. "dpkg -l | grep scangearmp" should show:

Quote:
scangearmp-common 2.20-1
scangearmp-mg5500series 2.20-1
and "dpkg -l | grep cnijfilter" should show:

Quote:
cnijfilter-common 4.00-1 IJ Printer Driver for Linux.
cnijfilter-mg5500series 4.00-1 IJ Printer Driver for Linux.
Install those four packages. If you are new to Linux, prepare for some frustration with the networking aspect. My suggestion is to get the thing working correctly on Windows, then use the exact same settings when you add the device into your local Linux network. Here is a step by step guide with pictures (in French, but the screenshots are in English).

Minimising should work the same as it does in Windows, it will minimise down to the task bar at the bottom. However, it depends on what desktop you are using, perhaps KDE?

Last edited by padeen; 04-15-2014 at 02:49 AM.
 
Old 04-15-2014, 01:26 PM   #3
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Thanks Padeen,
Unfortunately I don't speak French.
Am using Ubuntu 3.10 (I think)
Do I enter the commands you've shown or
use those on the web page ?

I eMailed Canon and was told there are problems with providing
drivers for Linux - they only do so for a few printers - the MG5550 isn't one of them!

There's no Task bar that I can find.

Pete
 
Old 04-15-2014, 09:11 PM   #4
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It seems that the default desktop for Ubuntu 13 is a thing called Unity and it uses Lenses to manage windows for applications. Apparently a "feature" is that Lenses disappear off the side of the screen or something, to reappear with a swipe there. I know nothing about it, you'll need to google on it.

The printer may still work, just not with official Canon support. You could find a Linux driver, often a more generic driver, works perfectly well on your Canon printer. Google your model like "how to install mg5550 under ubuntu" or something.

One thing about Canon printers is that they come in "families", which you can easily see when you scroll through a list of their printers, and you sometimes will find that a driver for an earlier or lesser printer within the same family will work for your printer. There is a body called something like Linux printer foundation that has list of printers and drivers, try that site too.

The steps are to find drivers for the printer and install them (maybe easy or hard), set up the system's printing (called CUPS)(easy), add the printer to CUPS (easy) and then configuring it in CUPS so it works over the network (easy or hard).

I can't help any more as I don't use your distribution or have your printer.
 
Old 04-15-2014, 09:31 PM   #5
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cannon is notorious for NOT supporting Linux and Apple
if it is not in cups you can look an any cannon EU!!!!! site

thanks to the EU court system
cannon.uk ( not the DEFAULT cannon.com.us -- as in USA)
http://www.canon.co.uk/
has to have any linux drivers that they might have

you will NOT find them on the USA web site for cannon
only on the European sites

cannon.US will say " we do not support it"
cannon.( any EU country) will say
"these are the drivers we have for linux and apple "


the CUPS web interface is the easiest to use
http://localhost:631/
that above link IS FOR THE MACHINE you are sitting in front of
your computer

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Old 04-15-2014, 09:47 PM   #6
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Thanks to John_VV's post, I found some drivers.

Scroll forward to page two for Linux drivers. With any luck, you may be able to install the Debian archive version under Ubuntu (I believe Debian packages install under Ubuntu fine). There are a couple, one for the printer, one for the scanner.

(If the Debian packages won't install, you will have to build the drivers from the source code (which is also available on the page). Hopefully, you won't need to go to that option.)

http://www.canon.co.uk/Support/Consu...MA_MG5550.aspx

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