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Can't use my Canon MP-360 Printer(Solved)
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don


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Location: Virginia, USA

PostPosted: Sun 11 Sep 2005, 12:03    Post_subject:  Can't use my Canon MP-360 Printer(Solved)  

Wonderful!

I finally found a Linux distributuion I can install and use without problems -- except for one. I have a Canon MP-360 printer/copier which I cannot install. With other linux distribtions I have been able to install it as a bjc-8200, but this doesn't seem to work with Puppy. Trying to print from ABI word it appears that the printer is activated, but it only ejects a sheet of paper without having actuaally printed on it.

I could try each of the remaining 30 or 40 Canon models listed, but I am hoping that someone has a better suggestion.

I also have an old Panasonic KX-P2135 dot matrix printer I would be happy to use with Puppy if I could install it. Any chance of this happening?

I really hate to give up on Puppy for lack of a printer. If I stay really enamoured with Puppy I might consider buying a new printer. Any recommendations for a modestly priced (cheap) printer which would give me no trouble with Puppy?

Don
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Rich

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PostPosted: Sun 11 Sep 2005, 13:38    Post_subject:  

If you check out the Cutting Edge section in this forum there is a thread about using CUPS for printers. Rarsa has been working towards this. It's something I've yet to try out on my system so I'm not sure if it's 100% yet.
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rarsa


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PostPosted: Mon 12 Sep 2005, 01:06    Post_subject:  

I'm affraid that there isn't a CUPS driver for this printer.

Check this page anyway http://www.linuxprinting.org/show_printer.cgi?recnum=Canon-BJC-8200

Linux Printing is the primary source of information regarding printers and printer drivers under linux.

The Canon MP-360 is not even listed there, that means that it's going to be tough.

You may also want to follow this thread : http://www.linuxquestions.org/hcl/showproduct.php?product=1223

Good Luck.
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don


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PostPosted: Tue 13 Sep 2005, 22:51    Post_subject:  

Thanks for the advice.

I am currently checking out Turboprint, which seems to be promising. It supports a huge number of printers, including my Canon MP360.

I downloaded the trial version and installed it OK, but am having a bit of trouble setting it up. Although the file of printer drivers seems intact, the setup program apparently can't find it. I may have put everything in the wrong directory. I am working on it as time permits, and will post my success, or lack thereof.

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Ian
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PostPosted: Wed 14 Sep 2005, 03:44    Post_subject:  

Have you tried any other printers to see if they work with Puppy.

What are you trying to print from.

You may have to try different settings in the driver and interface options.
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LittleSpooky


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PostPosted: Wed 14 Sep 2005, 04:41    Post_subject:  

Haven't made the switch yet as I'm looking for a job so I can put Pup Pup on a clean Hard Drive and back up everything else on the other drives.


I have an Epson Stylus CX4600 (it seems that all of them have worked "around" this particular printer, as in the one released before it and after it are listed in the categories, but this one isn't ANYWHERE)....


So... then what? Just outta curiosity.
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BarryK
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PostPosted: Wed 14 Sep 2005, 08:02    Post_subject:  

Maybe the cx-3200 driver will work?
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LittleSpooky


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PostPosted: Thu 15 Sep 2005, 15:40    Post_subject:  

*writes that down*
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don


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PostPosted: Thu 15 Sep 2005, 18:34    Post_subject:  

I give up.

As much as I like Puppy, Iím so frustrated by my failure to set up a workable printer, I am abandoning Puppy. I'll check back from time to time in case CUPS becomes workable (several other drivers work with MP360 using CUPS on other Linux disros), or if I decide to buy a new printer.

Sincere thanks to each of you who has offered help. I am constantly impressed with how many people are willing to donate time and brain power on this and other forums to help a less informed person.

Don
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rarsa


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PostPosted: Thu 15 Sep 2005, 20:22    Post_subject:  

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several other drivers work with MP360 using CUPS on other Linux disros
What drivers have you used in those 'other distros' ? You did not mention that before, maybe if you had, we would have been able to help you.
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don


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PostPosted: Fri 16 Sep 2005, 13:29    Post_subject:  

As I did mention in my original post, installing the MP-360 as a Canon BJ-8200 in every other linux distro I've tried (about 6 or Cool has been successful. I believe that all of them printed using CUPS.


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rarsa


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PostPosted: Fri 16 Sep 2005, 13:44    Post_subject:  

And I ask again: What Other distros? What CUPS drivers did you use on those distros?

Here I am asking for the NAME AND VERSION of the distro. I am also asking for the driver that CUPS used when printing.

Just telling me 'other distros' and 'probably CUPS', is not enough.

Just imagine that next time that you are on vacations and you ask for a store that sells black perls and someone responds: mmm, I went to some city that has a store and they probably sell jewlery.

Wouldn't you ask what city and what store and if they definetivelly know they sell black perls?
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Ian
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PostPosted: Sat 17 Sep 2005, 02:56    Post_subject:  

If you had it set up and running using Abiword in Puppy you might wish to try this:

Instead of starting your document at the top of the page use the enter key to move down about 10 or 12 lines and try starting from there.

Abiword has a problem with printing outside the top margin for some reason.

You also might want to try installing Textmaker as it seems to have no printing issues at all.
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don


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PostPosted: Sat 17 Sep 2005, 10:55    Post_subject:  

Some of the distros :
Damn Small Linux 0.84
Kubuntu 5.04 (Hoary)
Beatrix 2005.IF
Mepis 2003.10
Mandrake 10
Fedore Core 4 FINAL
Suse 9.3

No printer problems with any of the above.

PCLinuxOS Preview 7a(28-6-04) is currently installed on my hard drive.
The MP-360 printer is set up in it as a Canon BJC-8200 (Foomatic +dj8,pa06n.upp). Works fine. I just followed the directions.

I don't know anything about CUPS other than that which is printed on the printer test page. At the bottom it says, "Printed Using CUPS v1.1.x".

A box on the test page labeled "Interpreter Information" contains the following information:
PostScript Level 3
Version 3010 (707)
Product: ESP GhostScript
Serial#: 42

The test page is printed, it says, at a resolution of 600x600 dpi.

If there is any more information on the printer driver or CUPS I don't where to find it.

There once was a waterfront bar in Newport,RI (USA) called The Black Pearl. Great fun during Americas Cup races.

Don
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rarsa


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PostPosted: Sat 17 Sep 2005, 11:31    Post_subject:  

Now we are talking!

That's all I needed. Assuming that your printer is working OK with the BJC-8200 we have somewhere to go.

Here are the instructions.

i. Go to my CUPS installation instructions and read them in full before proceeding.
ii. Follow instructions 1 to 6 as described on that page.
iii. Step 7 indicates to install your printer drivers. You don't need to install the hpijs drivers. Just download the attached PPD definition for the bj8pa06n.upp driver, untar it and copy that PPD file to /usr/share/cups/model/
iv. Install Perl as indicated on step 8 as you will require Perl
v. Follow the rest of the instructions to restart CUPS and do a print test.

Please let me know if everything works as expected or if you had problems. (Knowing the result will be helpful not only for you but for other people too)
Canon-BJC-8200-bj8pa06n.upp.ppd.tar.gz
Description  This is the driver for the BJC-8200
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