Recommended InkJet Printer Scanner ?

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Recommended InkJet Printer Scanner ?

Postby oopsonlinux » Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:45 pm


Does anyone have any Linux friendly InkJet Printer Scanners to recommend?

I am hoping to identify a brand and/or model(s) which are relatively hassle free to download the linux drivers and setup the print and scan functions.
An InkJet printer/scanner is the best choice for me, and the #1 feature I am looking for is 'one pass scanning' so I can scan two sided documents in the one pass
(saving me time, and the hassle of possible jams when the regular scanners 'flip' the pages to scan the 2nd side. ex. Canon Maxify MB5120 seems like what I am looking for.

I have given up trying to fix my older Brother MFC-5460CN. The scanner works great with Xsane, but since I've upgraded from Mint 17 to 18 I've never been able to get the printer working correctly (it prints, but the text is all fuzzy). As a comparison, the printer works ok, if I use my work laptop with Windows 10, provided that 'fine' print quality is selected. I just don't have the time to fiddle with reinstalling the drivers, and editing parts of the code, for hours on end (believe me I have tried searching the forum and tried all the suggestions earlier this year).

As background, I am a relative new linux user with modest technical knowledge.
I have had success fixing most issues by following instructions very carefully, if sufficient detail is provided.
Currently using Mint 18.1.

Thanks for any recommendations anyone can provide.

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Canon MB5120

Postby pdc_2 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:48 pm

you should be fine with the MB5120 for installing drivers; Canon seem to supply just one driver package now that configures all their recent inkjet machines ............. you can get it from here ... ... 39901.html

you would download and SAVE what is cnijfilter2-5.40-1-deb.tar.gz and the commands to install would be

cd Downloads
tar -zxvf cnijfilter2-5.40-1-deb.tar.gz
cd cnijfilter2-5.40-1-deb

all will become even easier next year I suspect; as printers such as the above are all apple print compatible and Ubuntu 17.04 implemented apple print support; ...... all new printers from all suppliers now seem to be compatible; the next LTS that Mint will use will be 18.04 I think; I understand we are on 16.04 at present; so by June next year Mint should be offering that extra enhancement: so few drivers will need to be installed as used to be done

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Re: Recommended InkJet Printer Scanner ?

Postby minitux » Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:17 pm

.tar.gz archive for deb, both printer and scanner ... _downloads

IJ Printer Driver Ver. 5.40 for Linux (debian Packagearchive)
ScanGear MP Ver. 3.40 for Linux (debian Packagearchive)
Sorry for my English, is not my language

When you ask for support, put the output of inxi -Fxz

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Re: Recommended InkJet Printer Scanner ?

Postby oopsonlinux » Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:30 pm

Thanks for the advice.
It's also nice to know that additional drivers and setup time might not be as necessary in the future.

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