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Installing my Canon PIXMA MP620 on Linux Mint

After installing and updating Linux Mint, everything was working fine.
Also again installed some extra programs that I had on it before the “Clean Install”

Linux Mint comes with many programs pre-installed, so you can use it directly after you are finish installing.

One of the pre-installed programs is Libre Office.
An open source package for writing text, do calculation etc.
It’s like Microsoft Office, but then free and open source.

After using it for a few day’s, I started to think about using a printer on it.
At that moment there was no printer connected to the computer yet.
At home our printer is connect through WiFi.
So everyone in the house can use the same printer.

The ideal situation would be, that the printer still will be connected to the WiFi.
After some research and trying so many things, it was not possible to get it to work.
I found out, that the printer I have is not an easy/standard printer to use in Linux.
My printer is a Canon Pixma MP620
I am very happy with this printer so I still wanted to use this one.
Many people were telling, that you needed to use special drivers and maybe that you needed to changes things here and there.
Many supplied so text about how and where but it was not that simple.
After many hours trying, I gave up.
After installing the drivers and setting up the printer in CUPS, I could “see” the printer.
But every test page I tried to send, I got the message that the printer was not responding.
The job just stayed in the printer queue.
People also were talking about changing a printer setting.
You should change the paper source to “cassette” and not to automatic.
But still not result.

My next step was to try it through USB.
The next day connected to printer to the computer by USB.
For this I was following some standard installation instructions.
Also changed the paper source and this was working fine.
But it was connected to USB.
And I wanted it through WiFi.
So you don’t need to plug-in the USB cable every time.
Did some research again and found the following solution.

(this only will work if your printer has a static IP address! )
On the Linux computer, open a terminal window.
Then type;
sudo apt-get install cups-backend-bjnp
(Because my printer is a bublejet printer, you needed the bjnp)
Some things will scroll over the screen.
When this is done, then in the admin part, open “Printers”, select “Add Printer”
Select “Enter URI”
There you will type the URI of the printer.
For example; bjnp://192.168.1.10
Click Next and select Canon from the printer list.
Click Forward and select PIXMA MP620 from the list.
Click Forward again and fill in any additional information.
When you are finish, you may get a pop-up windows that asks you to print the test-page.
Here choose for cancel. You need to change the paper source before you print anything.
If you choose to print the test-page before changing the paper-source, the printer
will try to print from the wrong source.
You can try to change the paper-source when you have tried to print the test-page and you had get to “out of paper” error, but it does not have any effect.
In the printer settings, look for the paper-source and change it to cassette.
When this is done, you can try to print the test page.
If you had try to print the test-page before changing the source, the only way to fis it, it to remove the printer and add it again.
When this is all done, you can try to send a test page.

For me, I am using version 17.1 from Linux Mint.
So far i am happy with it.
I know there is already version 17.2, but on the website of Linux Mint, they are already saying, “If it aint broke, why fix it”
So the difference between 17.1 and 17.2 is very small.
Maybe later I will think about it and maybe switch to 17.2
We will see.

I hope my info was some help to you.
If there is anything that will happen and I think it can be handy to the public, or just interesting, I will post an other article.

Have fun !

(Part 1, see here)
(part 3, see here. That is called, So Far)

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