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    Talking Get the Canon Pixma MP495 working in 10.10 (Maverick)

    I have finaly gotten the Canon Pixma MP495 working under Ubuntu 10.10, with full resolution capabilities of the printer.
    This printer is only advirtised as having a max resolution of 4800x1200 DPI. However, I called Canon to get the full range of print resolutions and was informed that this printer is capable of 9600x2400 DPI.

    I haven't tested this below Ubuntu 10.04 but it should work fine.


    For setting your MP495 printer up on your network without the use of a Windows or Mac machine (Fresh out of the box with Ubuntu) you will need to match your Routers SSID to the printers default SSID, and remove any security you have enabled. This will allow the printer to connect to your network.
    Printer Defaults:
    SSID: BJNPSETUP
    IP ADDRESS: Automatic

    Once you have done that you will need to activate the wireless lan on the printer.
    Press the Maintenance button on the printer 13 times until you see what looks like a capital G without the middle line. Then press the color start button. (refer to page 10 of your Network Setup Troubleshooting manual for an actual picture of the symbol) You should see the wifi light on the front of the printer turn on and be solid not be blinking. (If it is blinking check your routers SSID settings and match the Default SSID of the printer as listed above.

    Now download angryipscanner AngryIPScanner and install it by double clicking it. It should open in the Software center or with the Gdebi installer. (this may take a few minutes to install.)
    Once you have installed AngryIPScanner, run it and change the ip range to include from 1 - 254 in the last octet. Then click start.
    When it finishes look for an active connection with a Hostname like A001BF000000.local. Yours may be different but should be very simular.
    The IP address given for that hostname is the IP address of your printer. Open Firefox and type that address in the address bar and press enter. From there you can configure you printer for the SSID, and encryption that you had on your router before the change, and set a static IP for the printer so you can manage it easily.
    After you change the SSID and encryption on the printer you will have to go back to your router and change the SSID and encryption back to what it was before so your printer can connect again.

    Now your network should be back the way it was and your printer should be connected

    Now that you have successfully connected the printer to your wireless network continue with the rest of the installation.

    Download the drivers for the MP495 .

    You will be downloading cnijfilter-mp495series-3.40-1-deb.tar.gz.

    Try this method first!

    Extract cnijfilter-mp495series-3.40-1-deb.tar.gz to your Home directory.
    Change the permissions of the install.sh file to run and an executable by Right licking on install.sh and then left clicking Properties.
    Click on the Permissions tab and put a check mark in the Allow Executing file as program box.
    Then open a terminal and type:
    [CODE]sudo ./install.sh[CODE]
    Follow the prompts and if you are using the printer over the network select network when prompted. I you are using it via USB choose USB.
    Don't forget to scroll down to complete setting up your printer to use full resolution and set up the scanner.

    If the first method didnt work try this.
    Open a terminal and enter
    Code:
    cd /home/*/cnijfilter-mp495series-3.40-1-deb/packages
    . (Enter your username where the astride is.)

    For 64 bit systems you need to replace cnijfilter-common_3.40-1_i386.deb, and cnijfilter-mp495series_3.40-1_i386.deb with cnijfilter-common_3.40-1_amd64.deb, and
    cnijfilter-mp495series_3.40-1_amd64.deb. For the printer setup.
    For the scanner replace scangearmp-common_1.60-1_i386.deb, and scangearmp-mp495series_1.60-1_i386.deb with scangearmp-common_1.60-1_amd64.deb, scangearmp-mp495series_1.60-1_amd64.deb. Everything else is the same.
    Now enter
    Code:
    sudo dpkg -i cnijfilter-common_3.40-1_i386.deb
    and press enter.

    Now enter
    Code:
    sudo dpkg -i cnijfilter-mp495series_3.40-1_i386.deb
    and press enter.

    After that is complete go to System-Administration-Printing and click on Add.

    If you have set up your printer on your network you should find it listed under Network Printing after a moment. (It takes a second for Ubuntu to find it on the network.)
    Select the Canon-MP495-series_XX-XX-XX-XX-XX then click [Forward].
    It will tell you that it is searching for Drivers. (wait for it.....)
    In just a second a new window will appear asking for the Description of the Printer. Give it a name in the Location Field.

    Now that you have a functioning MP495 printer, printing at a meager 600 DPI, lets make it better!

    Change the Available Resolutions for Printing

    Open another terminal and edit the first of two postscript files for this printer.
    Code:
    gksudo gedit /etc/cups/ppd/Canon-MP495.ppd
    Find: *OpenUI *Resolution/Output Resolution: PickOne

    Then we are going to replace the text from: *OpenUI *Resolution/Output Resolution: PickOne to: *CloseUI: *Resolution
    With:
    *OpenUI *Resolution/Output Resolution: PickOne
    *DefaultResolution: 4800dpi
    *Resolution 600dpi/600 DPI: "<</HWResolution[600 600]>>setpagedevice"
    *Resolution 1200dpi/1200 DPI: "<</HWResolution[1200 1200]>>setpagedevice"
    *Resolution 2400dpi/2400 DPI: "<</HWResolution[2400 2400]>>setpagedevice"
    *Resolution 2400dpi/4800 DPI: "<</HWResolution[2400 4800]>>setpagedevice"
    *Resolution 2400dpi/9600 DPI: "<</HWResolution[2400 9600]>>setpagedevice"
    *CloseUI: *Resolution

    Save and close gedit.

    Open another terminal and edit the second postscript file for this printer.
    Code:
    gksudo gedit /usr/share/ppd/canonmp495.ppd
    Find: *OpenUI *Resolution/Output Resolution: PickOne

    Then we are going to replace the text from: *OpenUI *Resolution/Output Resolution: PickOne to: *CloseUI: *Resolution
    With:
    *OpenUI *Resolution/Output Resolution: PickOne
    *DefaultResolution: 4800dpi
    *Resolution 600dpi/600 DPI: "<</HWResolution[600 600]>>setpagedevice"
    *Resolution 1200dpi/1200 DPI: "<</HWResolution[1200 1200]>>setpagedevice"
    *Resolution 2400dpi/2400 DPI: "<</HWResolution[2400 2400]>>setpagedevice"
    *Resolution 2400dpi/4800 DPI: "<</HWResolution[2400 4800]>>setpagedevice"
    *Resolution 2400dpi/9600 DPI: "<</HWResolution[2400 9600]>>setpagedevice"
    *CloseUI: *Resolution

    Save and close gedit.

    Now restart the cups service.
    with
    Code:
    sudo service cups restart
    in Ubuntu 10.10 and I think 10.04 too.
    or
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/cups restart
    in previous verions.

    You can now print with resolutions ranging from 600 DPI to 9600 DPI!
    Enjoy.

    For getting the scanner working download the drivers from here.

    extract scangearmp-mp495series-1.60-1-deb.tar.gz into your home directory.
    Open terminal and type. (Replace the astride with your user name.)
    Code:
    cd /home/*/scangearmp-mp495series-1.60-1-deb
    Code:
    sudo ./install.sh
    Then to use your scanner, open terminal and type.
    Code:
    scangearmp
    A Big thanks goes to BartmanMN for finding the Scanner drivers.
    Enjoy!
    Last edited by modsbyus; March 28th, 2011 at 03:01 AM. Reason: corrected mistake on turning on wifi.

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    Re: Get the Canon Pixma MP495 working in 10.10 (Maverick)

    thanks for that writeup! works a treat.

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    Re: Get the Canon Pixma MP495 working in 10.10 (Maverick)

    Glad I could help.

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    Re: Get the Canon Pixma MP495 working in 10.10 (Maverick)

    Check this out: among others you will find debian and rpm package-archives:
    download linux software
    Those archives contain install scripts which automatically handles setup and architecture.
    Corresponding manuals are archived under the manuals tab.

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    Re: Get the Canon Pixma MP495 working in 10.10 (Maverick)

    Thank you. Those are good resourses. I, like others have tried those solutions and found them to unsatisfactorly get this printer working. Sometimes they would work and not others. In my personal experience I was able to print a test page but not be able to print from within any other software. Also, I added getting full printing resolution instead of just 600 dpi. There may have been more to getting those drivers to function properly but I didn't find it.

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    Re: Get the Canon Pixma MP495 working in 10.10 (Maverick)

    Well, I was excited about finding this guide until I encountered this:

    sudo dpkg -i cnijfilter-common_3.40-1_i386.deb
    dpkg: error processing cnijfilter-common_3.40-1_i386.deb (--install):
    package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64)
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    cnijfilter-common_3.40-1_i386.deb


    Ouch.

    Any ideas?

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    Duh,

    Never mind. I didn't even notice the amd64 files in the package.

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    Re: Get the Canon Pixma MP495 working in 10.10 (Maverick)

    I'm sorry for that. I didn't even think about putting in instructions for 64 bit, but Im glad you figured it out.

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    Re: Get the Canon Pixma MP495 working in 10.10 (Maverick)

    Thanks for the info. I have downloaded the driver and set up my printer with the enhanced settings. Any idea how to get SimpleScan to find the MP495 as a Scanner?

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    Re: Get the Canon Pixma MP495 working in 10.10 (Maverick)

    Not yet but I can look into it. I haven't had the need yet. I can look at it thusday night after I get back from vacation. Check back friday

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