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Printrer compatibility
« on: March 28, 2013, 03:36:15 pm »
I have been using Ubuntu for a few months now but always have problems with printer compatibilities. Is there a list of Ubuntu recommended printers, preferably HP. I was told my Canon MX420 is compatible. I downloaded the driver but but I always have to call in an engineer to connect it. I need a printer without this hassle which Ubuntu will find automatically.
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2013, 05:55:17 pm »
Hi goldtopia, and welcome to the forum :)

You could take a look through this:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RecommendedHardware
but that's a pretty sparse list, and probabky not up to date.

But you've hit the nail on the head, go for HP .. pretty much all HP printers will be supported out of the box but you may find configuration easier by simply installing hplip-gui

to be 100% sure about a particular HP model, check your hplip version by running this in a terminal:
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dpkg -l | grep hplip

Then go here:
http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/supported_devices/index.html
look up the printer model. and check the "Minimum HPLIP version"
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2013, 08:11:05 pm »
What is hplip-gui and what do you do with it ?
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2013, 08:36:33 pm »
Hi goldtopia

hplip-gui is a configuration tool/control panel  for HP printers

click on the link for a screenshot

http://community.linuxmint.com/img/screenshots/hplip-gui.png


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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2013, 08:45:07 pm »
As Emegra (and its name) suggest it's a GUI (graphical user interface) tool for configuring the hplip printer drivers :)

Not 100% necessary, but it can make setting up HP printers easier.
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2013, 06:44:09 am »
At the moment I have a Canon MX420 is there a similar hplip for Canon ?.   At the moment I have to use up the ink cartridges on Windows which is on a caddy before I can buy a HP.
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2013, 10:52:45 am »
If you're having problems installing the driver for your Canon printer, here's a easy to follow step by step.


http://ubuntuportal.com/2011/12/how-to-install-canon-printer-driver-for-linux-ubuntu.html



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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2013, 11:36:26 am »
The PPA in that link only goes up to Ubuntu 11.10 .. if you're using a more recent version don't add it.

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If you're using Ubuntu 12.04 or later, the drivers for the MX 420 are already present .. gimme half an hour and I'll type up instructions how to add the printer through the CUPS interface.

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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2013, 11:55:14 am »
First can we get a handle on which version of Ubuntu you're running .. Can you open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run this command:
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cat /etc/*-release
then post the output back here.

Then run:
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uname -a
and post the output back here.
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2013, 12:58:00 pm »
Version Ubuntu 12:04 LTS  (I dont know what the LTS means)
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2013, 01:35:13 pm »
OK, plug your Canon MX420 into a USB port and turn on the printer.

Now in your web browser, go to this address:
http://localhost:631

That is NOT the internet, it is the local CUPS interface for setting up your printer.
(if at any time you are asked for a username and password, it's your Linux username and password it wants)

Click the "Administration" tab.

Click the "Find New Printers" button.

When it finds the printer .. select these as the drivers:-

Make: Canon
Model: Canon PIXMA MX420 - CUPS+Gutenprint v5.2.8-pre1 (en)
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2013, 01:39:43 pm »
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Version Ubuntu 12:04 LTS  (I dont know what the LTS means)

LTS = Long Term Support, I'm sure 12.04 is supported for 5 years untill 2017, but Mark or some other more knowledgable could explain it better   






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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2013, 01:51:38 pm »
Yes, LTS = Long Term Support

Ubuntu is released every 6 months, and every 4th release is an LTS

NON-LTS releases are supported for 18 months and LTS releases are now supported for 5 years.

So you can decide whether you'd prefer the latest and (sometimes) greatest, but have to upgrade every 6 months (with the risks that carries) .. or the generally more stable LTS that you can stick with as long as you like, but some of the software might start to become a little dated after a while (eg. it's not going to get a new version of hplip for more recent printers in the default repositories)

Obviously businesses tend to like the stabiity of LTS releases (and so do I) .. but home users may like the new features in the latest release.

Does that cover it ?

You can see the support cycles (when releases will reach end of life) here:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Releases
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2013, 06:40:36 am »
Don't Emegra look like Data from Startrek !!
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2013, 08:10:39 am »
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Don't Emegra look like Data from Startrek !!

Yeah now you mention it I suppose in a certain light there is a slight resemblance :)






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