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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #30 on: April 21, 2013, 12:31:16 pm »
Do you have a scanning utility installed ?

If you have it will be listed in your menu under Graphics, it might be listed as sane, xsane or simple scan, if none of these are listed run this in your terminal

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sudo apt-get install simple-scan

once it's installed go to Menu/Graphics and open Simple Scan then put a test document or picture in you scanner then click "Scan"  and hopefully it will work (don't press any Scan buttons you may have on the scanner as it's unlikely to work),

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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #31 on: April 21, 2013, 01:53:05 pm »
Personally I'd install Xsane as the scanning tool (but up to you):
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sudo apt-get install xsane

If Xsane doesn't find the scanner ..

Is the printer/scanner attached by USB or is it a network printer ?

What's the output from:
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sane-find-scanner
and
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sudo sane-find-scanner
and
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scanimage -L
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sudo scanimage -L
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #32 on: April 21, 2013, 01:57:54 pm »
Connected to USB
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #33 on: April 21, 2013, 10:30:49 pm »
Very few scanners work well with Linux, the only one I've ever managed to get working is an HP all-in-one. (Printer/scanner/fax)

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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #34 on: April 21, 2013, 10:40:07 pm »
Though I can't say I've tried *loads*, I've had the opposite experience with USB scanners .. so far, ALL the ones I've tried either worked immediately, or could be made to work (granted *mainly* HP and Epson AIO's, but a few others).

I've not tried Parallel or SCSI scanners .. but they're somewhat of a rarity these days anyway (are they still being made ?)

I am however still waiting for the output from those commands .. I asked five questions, and the OP only answered one  ???

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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #35 on: April 22, 2013, 06:23:19 am »
I've tried 3 different  scanners and only one of them worked out of the box,

the first one was a Xerox One Touch and as it turned out  there was just no driver available so that got consigned to the attic

the second one (PB Bearpaw) did work but it needed hours of internet searching and a firmware hack to get it working eventually,

the last one was a Samsung Printer/Scanner and it installed easily

I also have a Brother printer scanner connected to a Windows PC that's networked I've never tried connecting the scanner to the Linux PC as I'm not sure if it's possible to scan over a network,
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #36 on: April 22, 2013, 06:44:17 am »
Its not too much of a problem because it works on windows which is on a caddy.
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #37 on: April 22, 2013, 06:56:19 am »
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Its not too much of a problem because it works on windows which is on a caddy.

Well it's up to you if you want to continue trying to get it working in Linux, (we're only too willing to help)

If you do then it would be helpful if you answered Marks questions from his previous post




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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #38 on: April 22, 2013, 07:33:42 am »
I have tried the various methods suggesting and the scanner still wont work though I've got to print  OK.  I use the printer more than the scanner so if I need to use the scanner I put the windows caddy in.
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #39 on: April 22, 2013, 07:36:56 am »
Assuming you still want to get it working

Copied from Marks previous post

What's the output from:

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sane-find-scanner
and

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sudo sane-find-scanner
and

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scanimage -L
and

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sudo scanimage -L
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #40 on: April 22, 2013, 07:47:38 am »
It looks like there is a Linux driver available for your scanner here ,http://www.hamrick.com/vuescan/canon_mx420.html but it may not be necessary to use that , I'm sure it is possible to get your scanner working one way or another, but it would be better to follow the steps Mark posted earlier first.





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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #41 on: April 22, 2013, 10:53:21 am »
Erm, goldtopia .. are you scared of the command line for some reason ?

Having gone through your other postings to this forum, you never seem to responded to requests for information from the command line.

Whilst we're willing and happy to lend assistance, you're likely to get asked to use the command line .. it's just so much easier to lend assistance that way.

If you're having problems with the command line, or don't understand what's being asked of you .. just ask.

If you don't trust the commands, and want them explained .. just ask.

Simply ignoring the questions will get you nowhere ;)

[EDIT]

Canon PIXMA MX420 scanner drivers here:
http://www.canon.co.uk/Support/Consumer_Products/products/Fax__Multifunctionals/InkJet/PIXMA_MX_series/PIXMA_MX420.aspx?DLtcmuri=tcm:14-823922&page=1&type=download

direct link:
http://files.canon-europe.com/files/soft40872/Software/Linux%20IJ%20Scanner%20Driver%20MX420.tar

once extracted, be sure tyo use the .deb versions.

Ask if you need assistance .. but be prepared to use the command line ;)

[EDIT2]

You need to install these 2 packages (from that archive) in the order they're mentioned:-

For 32bit Ubuntu/Mint -
scangearmp-common_1.70-1_i386.deb
then
scangearmp-mx420series_1.70-1_i386.deb

For 64bit Ubuntu/Mint -
scangearmp-common_1.70-1_amd64.deb
then
scangearmp-mx420series_1.70-1_amd64.deb

or you can run the install.sh script from the command line.

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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #42 on: April 22, 2013, 01:44:56 pm »
Where is the command line and what do I type into it and what do I click ?
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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #43 on: April 22, 2013, 03:27:48 pm »
You can open a terminal by hitting Ctrl+Alt+T or searching for "terminal" in your menu's .. the terminal is where you enter commands.

OK, so open a terminal and run these commands in sequence (probably best to copy/paste them into the terminal one command at a time and hit enter to run them):
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mkdir -v ~/MX420-scanner-drivers
then
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cd ~/MX420-scanner-drivers
then
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wget http://files.canon-europe.com/files/soft40872/Software/Linux%20IJ%20Scanner%20Driver%20MX420.tar
then
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tar -xvf "Linux IJ Scanner Driver MX420.tar"
then
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tar -xvf scangearmp-mx420series-1.70-1-deb.tar.gz
then
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cd ~/MX420-scanner-drivers/scangearmp-mx420series-1.70-1-deb/packages
then
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sudo dpkg -i scangearmp-common_1.70-1_i386.deb scangearmp-mx420series_1.70-1_i386.deb

Be aware - that last command will prompt for your password .. enter your password and hit enter to continue.

Also be aware that Linux commands (unlike Windows) ARE case sensitive .. so is your password .. and that when entering your password nothing will be echoed to screen (not even ******) but it IS going in .. so just type it and hit enter.

When that last command completes .. now try scanning.

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Re: Printrer compatibility
« Reply #44 on: April 22, 2013, 05:34:54 pm »
I done everything exactly three times but scanner still does not work. On the last one after typing in my password I get,
bill@bill-System-Product-Name:~$ sudo dpkg -i scangearmp-common_1.70-1_i386.deb scangearmp-mx420series_1.70-1_i386.deb
[sudo] password for bill:
dpkg: error processing scangearmp-common_1.70-1_i386.deb (--install):
 cannot access archive: No such file or directory
dpkg: error processing scangearmp-mx420series_1.70-1_i386.deb (--install):
 cannot access archive: No such file or directory
Errors were encountered while processing:
 scangearmp-common_1.70-1_i386.deb
 scangearmp-mx420series_1.70-1_i386.deb
bill@bill-System-Product-Name:~$
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