Ubuntu & Canon Pixma 258

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I'm new to Linux and that I've installed Ubuntu 11.04 on my desktop PC. I was curious about using Linux and wanted to give it a try. The more I use it, the more I like it. It's very good and contrary to the belief among some people it is very much user friendly. But I'm having one problem with the printer driver. I own a Canon Pixma MP258 inkjet printer/scanner and tried to install the driver for the device from the options given when I connected the printer for the first time to the computer. And mistakenly I chose the MP220 from the menu that shows up since my printer was not listed in the menu. I thought that it was the closest to MP258. Now, when I try to print a document page, nothing happens. Later I tried installing the proper driver from the canon website but the default printer is taken as MP220 only. Nowhere does the option of choosing the MP258 comes. Could you please help me with the problem? Can I make Canon Pixma MP258 the default printer? ---- I've been able to install the driver too. The driver installs very easily with a few clicks only. But the problem I'm facing is that of preloaded driver. The first time I had connected the printer to the PC, Ubuntu automatically recognized it as a printer and suggested a few pre installed drivers for the device by showing a list of various printer models. The problem started when I selected the nearest matching printer (Pixma MP220) and installed it as the default printer (because I could not find Pixma MP258 in the list). That was a big mistake! Now whenever I try to print a page through LibreOffice or the Document Viewer, Canon Pixma MP220 is shown as the default printer without any option of any other printer, even though I have installed the driver of Canon Pixma MP258 later on as per the instructions in the website that you have suggested. The whole print command goes blank thereafter. Now I could breathe a sigh of relief if somehow I could make the machine recognize Canon Pixma MP258.

Software/Hardware used:
Ubuntu 11.04, Canon Pixma 258
ASKED: September 25, 2011  1:53 PM
UPDATED: March 31, 2012  1:14 AM

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On Ubuntu you use CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System) as a printing system. Whatever your Ubuntu session (desktop) manager, you can open CUPS web management interface, just connect with your browser to:

http://localhost:631/ or http://127.0.0.1:631/

delete Pixma MP220 printer there and add new printer using Canon Pixma 258 driver… Drivers, in fact, are intended to be used by printing system, not by other software (e.g., LibreOffice).

And, btw, CUPS web interface is much more robust than printer configuration utilities of the session (desktop) managers, got this impression not only from Ubuntu, but from other distributions too.

Good luck

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  • GusHugershoff
    Anyone who says Linux is not user friendly has been afraid to try it - and Ubuntu is great. Look at the top tool bar - and click on that blue question mark. When that window loads - you can find answers to common questions, or under Help you can go to a web page where you can get interactive help - - -and all for FREE (just like Ubuntu).
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  • Ranjeetkmr
    i think Petkoa is true..
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