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    Post Installing Canon Pixma Printing and Scanning Drivers

    Using Ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop I also have a Canon Pixma MG 3200, which is connected wirelessly to my router.

    I don't really need extra drivers for printing since I can simply add a printer through the "add printer" dialogue in system setting/printer and choose network printer and then the older 3100 model.

    So far so good. Now I also want to use the Pixma's scanning ability. How do I do this? Thankfully Canon provides Linux drivers here:
    Printer
    Scanner

    (clickable links above)

    I downloaded both and managed to extract the archive, creating two new folders (packages & resources) as well as a install.sh file.

    I tried to run the install.sh and something happens, but it vanishes too fast for me to see whether it's an error messages or not. Nothing else changes.

    My question: What exactly (I am very new to this) do I do with this file?

    I understand that once the scanner driver is installed it should be recognised when using "simple scan", right? Right now it doesn't.

    Thank you for reading and if you could give me a hint I'd be grateful.

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    Re: Installing Canon Pixma Printing and Scanning Drivers

    The scanner part is almost always done only through wired.

    I have a photosmart 5510 and printing works flawlessly through wireless on my ubuntu, mac, and my other ubuntu laptop. Windows, oddly enough, simply won't do it for some reason.

    Either way though, all of them, 2ubuntus and a mac need to have the wired connection for scanning to work. If your printer driver is fine out-of-the-box, then your scanner should be too. I'm willing to bet a little that yours also must be wired to scan.

    Which sucks. I've been looking for a way to wirelessly scan too, but can't find a lot on it, and no help yet.
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    Re: Installing Canon Pixma Printing and Scanning Drivers

    I scan wirelessly through GIMP.

    I have a pixma mp495.
    When I extracted the scangearmp I open the package folder and first install the common deb file(for the arch of the system:i386, or amd64), and then install the scangear deb file.
    I then open gimp and then file >> create >> scangear mp.
    It opens a scan list and I click on update scanner and a minute later my scan is connected. then I scan.
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    Re: Installing Canon Pixma Printing and Scanning Drivers

    Hmmm.... damn it then. I stand corrected - past two printers I had could scan wirelessly.

    I'm now off to go find out if mine can do that!
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    Canon MG3200 series printer/scanner driver install

    hello greenwhiteblue; welcome to the ubuntu forums;

    you ask

    My question: What exactly (I am very new to this) do I do with this file?
    ........we can hope that the install worked for you:

    you can check the files are in place by copying and pasting this into a terminal

    sudo dpkg -l | grep scangear
    ......and it should show if the scangear files are installed .......

    ......but for you.......more importantly.........to check if it works....... type in your terminal

    scangearmp
    and if the programme is happily installed, the Canon programme that is called ScanGearMP should open, and recognise your printer/scanner and let you scan.......

    a launcher will help you do this time and time again.......

    as advised here

    http://www.codemarvels.com/2012/05/c...-ubuntu-12-04/

    the commands are

    sudo apt-get install gnome-panel
    and that installs the ability to create a launcher and

    gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ --create-new
    opens a new launcher for you and its COMMAND must be scangearmp

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    Re: Installing Canon Pixma Printing and Scanning Drivers

    You don't need gnome-panel to create launchers, though it's a far easier way of doing so.
    Basically what the method above does is creates a .desktop file.
    You can do this manually by opening gedit and adding the following for a basic launcher:

    Code:
    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=what ever you want to call it
    Exec=the command
    Type=Application
    Icon=any image you like
    When saving, use the save as feature and name it whatever you want, followed by the extension .desktop.
    Typically you would put it in the /home/username/.local/share/applications folder.


    But plus one for the scangearmp command, I forgot about that, as I've been using GIMP for the basic reason as I usually need to do some cleaning of the image anyway.
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