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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2013, 06:23:07 pm »
At this CUPS thing  (whatever that is) for finding the printer. It asks for user name and password. I only know one which is for authenticate. how do I find the other one ?.
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2013, 06:46:17 pm »
When CUPS asks for a username and password .. it expects your LINUX username and password.
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2013, 08:44:13 pm »
How do I find that ?
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2013, 08:52:26 pm »
running:
Code: [Select]
whoami

will give you your username

Your password is what you set when you installed Linux .. the one you need to do any admin tasks
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #19 on: April 11, 2013, 06:31:18 am »
Where do I type in   whoami     
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2013, 07:18:17 am »
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Where do I type in   whoami   

In your terminal at the command prompt,

to open a terminal open the applications menu / accessories / terminal or ctrl alt t

it will show the user name of the account your in, you would then use that name along with your password ( the same password you log into your PC with) to access cups



Good luck


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« Last Edit: April 11, 2013, 07:22:50 am by Emegra »
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2013, 03:30:26 pm »
I done that  and the terminal gave no information. So I downloaded the terminal emulator and it told me what I should have known anyway.  I downloaded the printer driver but the printer wanted to download it itself then then said the driver is not available for this printer.   Why don't Linux make it easy like Windows ?
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #22 on: April 11, 2013, 03:44:31 pm »
LINUX makes it just as easy as Windows ... or easier in some cases .. HP printers will work without having to download/install anything .. the same can't be said for Windows.

You're blaming Linux for a deficiency on the part of your printer manufacturer .. if they wrote decent drivers for Linux (like HP do) it would be just as easy.
(if Canon only made drivers for Apple Mac, would you blame Windows or Canon ?)

If you can wait a few days till my new keyboard arrives, I'll try to help.

Stop downloading things .. you do NOT need a(nother) terminal emulator.

Hitting Ctrl+Alt+T should open a terminal

typing:
Code: [Select]
whoami
then hitting enter, should return your username.

Only you know your password .. it's what YOU set it to be when you installed Linux.

There is no easy way to recover your password (on purpose).

You can change it .. but again, that isn't easy on purpose.



There ARE drivers for the Canon MX420 already installed (they wouldn't be in Windows ;) ) .. but you'll need your username and password to configure the printer.

When you turn on your PC, does your PC prompt you for a username and password to log in ?

if so (and this is a single user system), those are what the CUPS interface wants you to enter.

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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #23 on: April 11, 2013, 04:55:17 pm »
It just ask for the password which is OK.
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #24 on: April 11, 2013, 05:28:28 pm »
So what's the problem ?

Do you not know your username ?

Hit Ctrl+Alt+T (to open a terminal)

then look at the first part of the prompt line.

Here's mine

mark@AA1-Blue ~ $

It's telling me that I'm currently logged on as "mark" .. and the PC's hostname is "AA1-Blue"

So you can get your username just from the command prompt line.

Or you can run:
Code: [Select]
whoami
which will return your username

as will
Code: [Select]
echo $USER

Let us know when you know what your username and password are .. the password is what you enter to log in
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #25 on: April 11, 2013, 06:44:38 pm »
Hi goldtopia

Have you tried installing your printer via the add printer dialogue box ?
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2013, 06:37:53 am »
I know what the user name and password is and was able to download the Canon MX420 printer driver successfully but the printer search box wanted to download the driver itself, then said the driver is not available.
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #27 on: April 12, 2013, 11:13:58 am »
There's no need to download a driver.

With your printer switched on and connected ..

Click on this link:
http://localhost:631
(that link is NOT the internet, it's your PC, so when prompted for username and password enter your Linux ones)

Click the "Administration" tab

Click "Find New Printers"

When your printer is discovered .. give it a name, then select

Make: Canon
Model:  Canon PIXMA MX420 - CUPS+Gutenprint v5.2.8-pre1 (en)

and click the "Add Printer" button.
« Last Edit: April 12, 2013, 11:34:08 am by Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) »
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #28 on: April 15, 2013, 08:39:43 am »
Hoorah - I managed to do it - don't know how I done it, but not the way you said because it was not listed.
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #29 on: April 21, 2013, 11:08:22 am »
Got the printer to work but scanner wont work.   Canon MX420
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