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    Trying to connect to a printer on a Windows network

    Hi,
    I'm using a Canon Pixma MP282, attached to a Windows XP machine and I want to print to it from my Ubuntu machine on the same network.

    The Ubuntu machine finds the printer ok, and the verify button confirms that the print share is accessible, but when when I click on the forward button it asks me to choose a driver, and the Canon Pixma MP282 is not an option.

    I downloaded the driver in a tar file, opened it with the archive manager, which gave me three files with ugly names ending in tar.gz, selected them all and clicked extract, but I still don't get an option to select it.

    What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks
    Pat

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    Re: Trying to connect to a printer on a Windows network

    Can you give me a link to the driver you downloaded? You most likely have to build the drivers yourself. There should be a file named README or install or something like that with instructions.

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    Re: Trying to connect to a printer on a Windows network

    You'll likely have to compile those drivers yourself. If you can find a PostScript file for the printer, that would be ideal, try Google. Alternatively you could search Synaptic with your printer name and/or model number to see if there are drivers available in the repositories.
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    Re: Trying to connect to a printer on a Windows network

    Quote Originally Posted by HalfEmptyHero View Post
    Can you give me a link to the driver you downloaded? You most likely have to build the drivers yourself. There should be a file named README or install or something like that with instructions.
    The download is at;
    http://software.canon-europe.com/sof...266.asp?model=

    Thanks

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    Re: Trying to connect to a printer on a Windows network

    Quote Originally Posted by pi.boy.travis View Post
    .... you could search Synaptic with your printer name and/or model number to see if there are drivers available in the repositories.
    I get the following error when I run synaptic;

    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/ie.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_bina ry-i386_Packages
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
    E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

    And synaptic exits.

    Could this be because I tried to unpack the tar files myself?

    I get the same message whether I run synaptic or "sudo synaptic"

    Any ideas how to fix?

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    Re: Trying to connect to a printer on a Windows network

    Quote Originally Posted by PaddyIndigo View Post
    I get the following error when I run synaptic;

    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/ie.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_bina ry-i386_Packages
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
    E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

    And synaptic exits.
    I found the solution in this link =

    sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
    sudo apt-get update

    which seems to have fixed the error. I'll get back with an update about whether the original issue is solved

    Thanks
    Pat

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    Re: Trying to connect to a printer on a Windows network

    Progress!
    I've fixed the error message, but I am still not able to connect to the printer. I'm still getting as far as the select driver screen, and no driver is appearing.

    I've searched synaptic, but haven't found anything. However I'm not sure whether I'm using synaptic correctly.

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    Re: Trying to connect to a printer on a Windows network

    Myself and others have given advice on a similar printer:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1826100
    So far we have not gotten a reply from the OP.
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    Re: Trying to connect to a printer on a Windows network

    I tried the suggestions in your link.
    The download I have looks the same as the one linked, & I executed the lines given in the link (code pasted here);
    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:michael-gruz/canon
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install cnijfilter-mp280series

    But I still can't connect to the printer. I think there is some basic step that I'm missing. because when I open a cnijXXX .deb file in the software centre that has appeared on my disk at some point along the way it says "A later version is already installed"

    I'll go over what I'm doing and maybe you'll see what I'm leaving out;
    1. I locate the printing icon in files and folders & launch it. I have no printers installed.
    2. I cl.ick the "Add" button
    3. I select "network printer" - "Windows printer via samba"
    4. I click the "Browse" button and browse to the printer.
    5. I click the verify button and it confirms the print share is accessible
    6. I click forward and the "Select printer from database" radio button is already selected by default. I can't take the "Provide PPD file" option because I don't have a PPD file, and the "Search for a printer driver to download" option doesn't find my printer either.
    7. I click Canon in the "Makes" window.and click "forward"
    A long list of printers is displayed but no MP280 series

    Anything look wrong there?

    Thanks,
    Pat
    Last edited by PaddyIndigo; August 18th, 2011 at 07:57 PM.

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    Re: Trying to connect to a printer on a Windows network

    Does this printer have a LAN (Ethernet) port so that you can plug it directly into your router (after disconnecting it from the computer)? That way you will have a "network printer" rather than a "windows printer" and everybody can use it.
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