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Thread: Canon Pixma MG5200 Series Printers and Ubuntu

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    Wink Canon Pixma MG5200 Series Printers and Ubuntu

    Hi all,

    I no longer need help finding a driver for my Canon Pixma MG5220 and just wanted to let people know where to find it in case you come across the same problem. Turns out Canon USA doesn't provide ANY Linux drivers at all. So, your options are to find a driver through TurboPrint etc. I stumbled upon this particular driver here:

    http://support-au.canon.com.au/conte...100301702.html

    Canon's Australia site. I also found it on the Canon Asia site, but it was in an .rpm format. I attempted to use alien to convert it (before I found the .deb at the Australia site) and it didn't work. So, there you have it. There is a driver and it works on Ubuntu 10.04

    *Mods, if this needs to move elsewhere please let me know thanks.

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    Re: Canon Pixma MG5200 Series Printers and Ubuntu

    Awesome! That worked great, just run the install.sh and it walks you through the setup. I set it up for wireless lan and it's working great!!!
    Thanks for posting the link to the drivers!

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    Re: Canon Pixma MG5200 Series Printers and Ubuntu

    woo! google finally linked me to this page! It's always a matter of finding the right keywords..

    Thanks for the find! Did you ever manage to get the scan function working with sane or something similar?

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    Re: Canon Pixma MG5200 Series Printers and Ubuntu

    Hitman, thank you very much for the link. Install on 10.04 went smooth, I have it set up over a wireless network now.

    I also was able to get the scan function working over wireless using drivers from the same site.

    ScanGear MP documentation
    http://support-au.canon.com.au/conte...300410801.html

    ScanGear MP software (debian package)
    http://support-au.canon.com.au/conte...100303002.html

    It's not great software, but it works. You can either launch scangear from within GIMP or at the command line:

    Code:
     joe-laptop ~$scangearmp &
    It gave me an error message on the first launch, all I had to do was tell it to update the scanners list.

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    Re: Canon Pixma MG5200 Series Printers and Ubuntu

    Just had to replace my PIXMA MP600 printer and bought the PIXMA MG5220. I'm so fortunate to have found this post, because I was just unable to install it properly. THANK YOU GUYS! I'm still experiencing minor issues. I might post some further questions. But for now, any ideas how to have the scan recognized by XSANE? Otherwise, scangearmp is working and provides a temporary solution.

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    Re: Canon Pixma MG5200 Series Printers and Ubuntu

    I tried to install this driver, using the install.sh, and it keeps erroring out. I searched the error and got this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1475336 , but the solutions there didn't help either.

    I just bought this printer, feeling confident in the fact that there's a driver for it, and now I can't get it installed. I did just install the 2 .deb files, but I'm hoping there's more functionality available than that. I can't adjust print quality, I can't get about 90% of the settings from it. Perhaps I need to just accept that a linux driver won't have anywhere close to the functionality of a windows driver, but...this is disappointing.

    Anyone have any errors when installing, and any ideas why I might be? After taking the steps in that other thread, I got "An error occurred. A necessary package could not be found in the proper location."

    I am running 10.04, netbook edition, but not running a une session, regular desktop session.

    I have no idea what the issue might be, any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Canon Pixma MG5200 Series Printers and Ubuntu

    Thanks... these drivers work great. The commenter above that stated that some settings aren't available... Most settings are available for the printer within any decent program that you may be printing from. The only useful thing that I see not working is the ink level indicators - which are on the print itself as well... so no big deal.

    The one thing I would like to be working though, that doesn't seem to have a Linux equivalent is the CD printing for this printer. You can install the CD Label printer via Wine, but it reports no compatible printer available and will not start.

    Does anyone know of a CD printing program for Linux that is compatible with this printer?

    Thanks to everyone... especially Hitman for finding the drivers!

    LinuxGuy

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    Re: Canon Pixma MG5200 Series Printers and Ubuntu

    Just wanted to confirm : drivers appear to work perfectly on Maverick Meerkat. (That said, I haven't tested any advanced features yet.)

    Thanks for the heads up! I just got one of these for my family for Christmas (Windows folks) and was debating getting one for myself if I was able to get it working through my laptop.

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    Re: Canon Pixma MG5200 Series Printers and Ubuntu

    I downloaded scangearmp-source-1.60-1.tar.gz from the link above. I found .../scripts/install.sh and ran it, but got "An error occurred. The package management system cannot be identified." I am running Ubuntu 10.04 64bit. can anyone help?

    Then I downloaded the Debian package of scangearmp and got the same error while trying to run install.sh, so I installed the two .deb packages (for 64bit). Still nothing. What am I doing wrong?
    Last edited by benjaminelzerman; December 28th, 2010 at 04:27 PM. Reason: more information

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    Re: Canon Pixma MG5200 Series Printers and Ubuntu

    Another FYI...

    I'm on Natty - 11.04.

    Both the print driver and the scan tool work great for me.

    Ran both install.sh as root. Confirmed scan and print works from user accounts.

    Thanks to the original poster for the links.

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