Posted: Thu 24 May 2012, 10:33 Post subject:
How to Install the Canon Printer Driver (MP250)
I just thought I would write a quick solution to this having spent 4 hours trying to get this working. This is just a quick guide and I won't be responding to any questions.
If you try to install the official Canon linux driver (./install.sh) you will get this message:
The package management system cannot be recognised.
This is because Canon's driver is only for debian/fedora based systems.
Nor will it work if you bypass the installation script and try to manuall install the .deb package. Hmmm.
The solution I found was this (using Puppy Lucid)
1. The first thing to do is to go here and download the pet package:
Well done Patriot for this.
2. Install it.
3. Follow the instructions provided in the guide contained with the official Canon driver for configuring ldadmin. Do not go through CUPS config wizard.
4. Instead, Open up a terminal and insert the following:
/etc/init.d/cups restart (to Restart the CUPS daemon)
/usr/sbin/lpadmin -p MP250 -m canonmp250.ppd -v cnijusb:/dev/usb/lp0 -E (registers the printer, in this case 'MP250' to the spooler, otherwise if you try to print something you'll just get paper with nothing on it)
/usr/sbin/lpadmin -d MP250 (sets this as the default printer).
To test you can use this command to print a file
cngpij -P MP250 [filename e.g. Sample.png] which will open up a preferences menu but you should be able to just print normally through the File tab on the program.
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