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"Petra" and Canon Printer (MG3500 Series) - help!

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 2:11 am
by Chrisnz
Hi Everyone

Today I installed Mint 16 on a friends PC and removed the "aging" MS XP OS! She like the looks of MINT and is still very new to Linux OS's. The only pce of Hardware not "playing ball" was the new printer she bought 3 weeks ago!! Argghhhh. :roll:

Cannon MG3500 pixma - so I had a little time to troll Cannon USA site,
the Europe Site however just couldn't find the Linux Drivers.

Tried the NZ site and may have a solution - just a case of time to go back and try it - will post here how it goes asap.

If anyone else has had this same issue with this machine please post here.

Thanks in Advance.

Re: "Petra" and Canon Printer (MG3500 Series) - help!

Posted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:08 am
by pdc_2
This device has both printer and scanner capabilities:

Canon supply drivers for linux;

go here ... 50402.html

and download the debian package; that is for Ubuntu and Mint;

it comes down as cnijfilter-mg3500series-4.00-1-deb.tar.gz; save it when asked; by default it should be saved in the Downloads directory ........


before we install it, if we check if you have a library file installed;

if you copy and paste this command into a terminal (control + Alt + t) and paste into this; (using the menu at the top and mouse............
dpkg -s libtiff4
if the terminal says it is installed, great; if not, install with
sudo apt-get install libtiff4

now back to installing the Canon printer driver (debian package)

commands: (to copy and paste into a terminal, and assuming the device is usb connected; plugged in and turned on ............)
cd Downloads
tar -zxvf cnijfilter-mg3500series-4.00-1-deb.tar.gz
cd cnijfilter-mg3500series-4.00-1-deb
there should then be a flurry of activity and the printer driver should be installed;


Canon provide ScanGearMP to run the scanner side of things

go here ... 52102.html

to get scangearmp-mg3500series-2.20-1-deb.tar.gz

and install; in a similar way to above; by .........turning off the terminal; and turning it on again ........ then .........
cd Downloads
tar -zxvf scangearmp-mg3500series-2.20-1-deb.tar.gz
cd scangearmp-mg3500series-2.20-1-deb
to run ScanGearMP,

the command is
and if we get you all set up as above, we can finish off by covering how to set up a launcher for ScanGearMP

(computers follow instructions absolutely so the way will be smoother if you can exactly follow the above instructions!!)

best wishes

Re: "Petra" and Canon Printer (MG3500 Series) - help!

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:41 pm
by Chrisnz
Many Thanks PDC_2

You have "Made my Day" so to speak. This has to be the most comprehensive instruction i've every had that i can actually follow :) Not that i havnt used the terminal for hard things like "LS" show me all files or "Sudo" when I think i know something... lol.

I did find the Asia site and it was NOT in english haha but your link is in English - Whew!

Hope to try this during the weekend. Will post feedback. Thanks again

good luck with the install!

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:20 pm
by pdc_2
thanks for your kind words Chris; hope the install goes well; let us know how it all goes

Re: "Petra" and Canon Printer (MG3500 Series) - help!

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:09 pm
by Chrisnz
Thanks pdc_2 - Install went Seamlesly Many Thanks - Printer working well, also via network from a Windows 8 Laptop. Just a bit of fiddling with the scanner to do however I'm expecting this to work ok too.


Re: "Petra" and Canon Printer (MG3500 Series) - help!

Posted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:33 pm
by pdc_2
glad the install went well;

as the initiator of the thread, you can change its title to SOLVED; so if you do that, it helps anyone following in your wake;
Just a bit of fiddling with the scanner to do
.............. wireless fiddling? hope it all gets sorted