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Old 07-23-2017, 12:15 PM   #1
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Printer issues

I'm having a time getting my wireless Cannon printer (MG5720) to print. It seems I downloaded the drivers and it shows connected to localhost, then when I go to print anything it does nothing. Test comes up idle. What should be my next move?
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Did you "discover" your printer using the printer control panel under administration? (I use Mint 18 so I'm assuming that Ubuntu has similar admin controls.)

If I try to add a printer using the control panel app I get a "network" section I can expand where I find my HP Photosmart printer. (it shows it's connected to localhost too.)

If your Canon isn't there, there's a "Find network printer" choice which would search your network and hopefully, er... find it.

If you're still having problems can you tell us what your downloaded drivers were and what you did to install them. Are they for Linux or Windows?

Giving us a step by step description of what you did can help in getting a quick resolution.

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The one who prints needs to be in the lp and/or lpadmin or daemon groups. Plus various other things installed for printing to work. Using a guide specific to your distro can help. But some guides are like origami instructions and skip steps that someone new to linux / admin stuff might find difficult to fill in the blanks. I created a linux print server, and apparently cups does job management over email, so something like exim4 needs to run in addition to cups and cups-browsed, plus the name to IP of the print server in /etc/hosts or everything else could be right/fine, but it still doesn't work. In addition to the groups with printing permissions. So many steps and any one skipped, and that house of cards doesn't stand.


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