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Driver / connecting Canon MP970

Postby icecup on Sat Jan 09, 2010 3:08 pm

My Linux recognised my MP970, but have no driver. What shall I do ??
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Re: Driver / connecting Canon MP970

Postby gravelbay on Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:45 pm

I also have the MP970. There is no real driver for it in the FOSS world, which is a crying shame for something that''s such a superb printer otherwise. :cry:

You can learn more here: http://www.linuxprinting.org/show_printer.cgi?recnum=Canon-PIXMA_MP970

They recommend Guttenprint, but I use TurboPrint. It's not free, but it was well worth what I spent. I get great results and it has all the printer maintenance tools I need too.

The bad part? I have never found a way to use the scanner on the MP970 in Linux. I kept my old Epson V200 for Linux scanning. :roll:
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Re: Driver / connecting Canon MP970

Postby gravelbay on Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:19 pm

I stand corrected on the MP970 scan function. Woo hoo! :o

After some more googling I came across this web page in looking for a 64 bit driver for my Epson: http://www.avasys.jp/lx-bin2/linux_e/scan/DL2.do

I downloaded and installed the two files listed under "DEB 64bit package [libltdl7] (for Ubuntu 8.10 or later)".

Then I tried running iscan, but it didn't find anything. HOWEVER ... tada! --- a little utility in my menu simpply called "Scanner Utility" not only identified the Epson, it found the MP970 twice. I assume one is usb and the other is network, but I haven't investigated that yet.

AND, I now can scan in GIMP using XSane.

I guess it's better to be lucky than good, and Google really came through this time. :mrgreen:
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