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Postby pianochiick on Wed Dec 23, 2009 1:08 am

i have a cannon PIXMA MP130 and i went to install it and the driver is not listed in the database.. how do i get it?
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Re: Printer Driver

Postby slider on Wed Dec 23, 2009 5:59 am

We use Open Printing Database usually to check current printer compatibilities with Linux.

The MP 130 doesnt seem to have a listing, but I did find a 140, but it is shown as only "partially" working. I dont know if they're cross-compatible though.
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Sometimes Canon of Europe has drivers for Linux, so you might check there.

Also check some of the links on this Google Search. :idea:

Although Canon's sometime can be made to work with Linux, HP is the best supporter of Linux when it comes to printers.

This is NOT any fault of Linux, but IS a fault of the manufacturers lack of support.
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Re: Printer Driver

Postby pdc_2 on Wed Dec 23, 2009 1:49 pm

Hi pianochick

OpenPrinting is the source to refer to, for printing and linux

The MP130 is listed there,

http://www.openprinting.org/show_printe ... IXMA_MP130

and recorded as working perfectly if one downloads the recommended driver on that page: PIXIMAiP1500; seems a linux enthusiast in Japan has taken it upon himself to create his own repository

http://mambo.kuhp.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~takushi/

he has a beautiful instruction page (I enclose the Canon one)

http://mambo.kuhp.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~takushi/#canon

seems like you add this repository listing

deb http://mambo.kuhp.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~takushi/ubuntu ./

and

sudo apt-get install libcnbj-2.5 bjfilter-2.5 pstocanonbj


good luck and let us know how you fare pianochick

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In general, if I could comment: this is a five year old printer; and five years ago, linux was at the stage of Red Hat 8; (I remember it)

http://reviews.cnet.com/multifunction-d ... 06629.html

Canon do now produce linux printer drivers; it is just they have not gone back and written them for every senior printer; new printers sell for $US40 or more; the profit seems in the ink;

Canon Asia website is a good place to look for driver support for current printers

http://support-sg.canon-asia.com/

eg Canon offer the MP270 in our shops and here is the linux debian driver http://support-sg.canon-asia.com/conten ... 37502.html (not even just a tar.gz) (cost is approx $US40 for the printer: driver=free)

If one reads the instructions notes of companies such as Brother; that also support linux; and see the small subtleties they have to put in to cope with the many flavours of linux, they do work hard to help and I believe we should praise them when we can
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Re: Printer Driver

Postby slider on Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:02 pm

The MP130 is listed there,

http://www.openprinting.org/show_printe ... IXMA_MP130

and recorded as working perfectly if one downloads the recommended driver on that page: PIXIMAiP1500


Well according to your link it does appear to have a listing. :shock: I cant imagine why my search there couldnt find it before???? I use that site all the time to help users.

Maybe a database error when I was searching? :?:

My apologies and I stand corrected!
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Canon do now produce linux printer drivers; it is just they have not gone back and written them for every senior printer; new printers sell for $US40 or more; the profit seems in the ink;

This is true for all printer manufacturers! Best to refill your own!
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Re: Printer Driver

Postby pdc_2 on Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:51 pm

"My apologies and I stand corrected!"

please don't think I was doing that; I was pleased to find a Japanese enthusiast who was providing a blog support for some of the Epson/Canon printers;

hopefully the Pixma1500 driver will actually work!!
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Re: Printer Driver

Postby slider on Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:20 pm

pdc_2 wrote:"My apologies and I stand corrected!"

please don't think I was doing that; I was pleased to find a Japanese enthusiast who was providing a blog support for some of the Epson/Canon printers;

hopefully the Pixma1500 driver will actually work!!


Oh no! I didnt mean anything negative toward you! :)

I was merely stating that I stand corrected. My search earlier failed for some reason and for that I was sorry.

You did a great job finding a lot of very useful info for this user, and for that we all thank you!

We need all the help we can get here at the forum, after all, its not about us who are helpers. Its all about those who need our help.

Thank you for helping! You did very well! :)
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Re: Printer Driver

Postby maggy on Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:53 pm

This is true for all printer manufacturers! Best to refill your own!

Unfortunately, all the newer printers are using cartridges that you cannot refill, using chips etc.
So if you want to refill your cartridges, you have to stick with the older printers! :evil:
This is why I'm looking for a substitute driver for a canon mp110. But I can't get the recommended ones to work; keep coming up with CUPS error incompatibility.

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Re: Printer Driver

Postby slider on Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:56 am

Unfortunately, all the newer printers are using cartridges that you cannot refill, using chips etc.
So if you want to refill your cartridges, you have to stick with the older printers!


That is not completely true in most cases. Most manufacturers have another set of cartridges available with a slightly different model number that can be modified and refilled. You have to check their site for the correct numbers to buy so you can then refill them next time.

The ones that you are referring to are the OEM supplied cartridges which are designed to shut down and lock. They are then suppose to be returned to the manufacturer for a tiny refund on a new set of cartridges.

Think of it as "printer DRM". What a raw deal huh?! :D

A good web search will cure your problem for sure. :) You could search "printerfillingstation". They usually have a lot of info about cartridges + inks as well.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Printer Driver

Postby gravelbay on Thu Jan 28, 2010 1:56 pm

maggy wrote:This is true for all printer manufacturers! Best to refill your own!

Unfortunately, all the newer printers are using cartridges that you cannot refill, using chips etc.
So if you want to refill your cartridges, you have to stick with the older printers! :evil:
This is why I'm looking for a substitute driver for a canon mp110. But I can't get the recommended ones to work; keep coming up with CUPS error incompatibility.

Maggy

Maggy,
This is where I go for printer refill questions - http://www.nifty-stuff.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=2465

And I use this to reset the PCI5 and CLI8 cartridges on my MP970 - http://www.123refills.com/news/sudhaus-resetter.html It works perfectly.

I get great results from Hobbicolors inks. http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=m38&_nkw=hobbicolors They and the resetter are available on ebay and the resetter may be available elsewhere.

If you have the new pgi-220/221 (or 520 as they are called in Europe), there is a different resetter for that. I found it for sale in the UK here, but I'm sure you can find it in the US with a little googling. http://shop.ink.co.uk/shop/product/catid/D-Canon/subcatid/Canon+PIXMA+MP540/productid/1674273-RESET439805/site/3/lng/en_EN?shopid=205bc231c79150ff176b1bdae4d9a115

The nifty-stuff site has lots of great discussion on the best method to refill the Canon cartridges. I'm doing what they suggest and it is slicker than snot! No fuss, no muss. And no $5 billion/gallon ink costs. :mrgreen:

Hope this helps.
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