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Canon Pixma MP140 / MP145 on Ubuntu 10.04


Since I rarely print at home, My Canon Pixma MP145 has been sitting in a corner of my room collecting dust. The Pixma MP145 is a multifunction inkjet printer, with a flatbed scanner unit attached on top.

So anyway, I have been successful in installing the printer on previous version of ubuntu, and it worked flawlessly I might add. Just today, when such need arise, I plugged the usb cord to my 36FG. The printer is automatically detected by Lucid Lynx, but… not driver is available for the unit.

So I headed to Canon Asia’s Linux support page for the MP140.,  and they were cool enough to provide a .deb files for my printer :) I downloaded several files:

Normally, once all the files above finished downloading, all you have to do is just double click each files, enter your password, and the driver will install itself automatically. But unfortunately, that’s not the case. I encountered an error when trying to install the IJ Printer driver common package:

Selecting previously deselected package cnijfilter-common.
(Reading database … 234024 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking cnijfilter-common (from cnijfilter-common_2.80-1_i386.deb) …
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of cnijfilter-common:
cnijfilter-common depends on libcupsys2 (>= 1.2.1); however:
Package libcupsys2 is not installed.
dpkg: error processing cnijfilter-common (–install):
dependency problems – leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered

Bummer. But this is strange, since in most cases, GDebi will automatically install any dependencies required to install a package. SO I tried to install libcupsys2 manually, with the following result:

surfer@m5-m3:~/Downloads$ sudo apt-get install libcupsys2
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
Note, selecting libcups2 instead of libcupsys2
libcups2 is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 5 not upgraded.

So it seems that the libcupsys2 package has been superseded by libcups2, and the repository no longer provide a dummy translation package for libcupsys2. How do we fix this? Easy. Just download the dummy package from here. Double click the freshly downloaded libcupsys2 package to install it to your system. Next step is to install the four packages that I have downloaded previously. Just double-click each package, make sure that you install the common package first, then the MP140 one.

installing the .deb packages


Update@2011-04-13

If you’re on AMD64/X86_64 platform, install the drivers by opening a terminal window, and do the following:

sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture cnijfilter-common_2.80-1_i386.deb 
sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture scangearmp-common_1.10-1_i386.deb 
sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture cnijfilter-mp140series_2.80-1_i386.deb 
sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture scangearmp-mp140series_1.10-1_i386.deb

Plug the printer to one of the available USB port, turn it on. To setup the driver, head to System > Administration > Printing. Press the Add button. The MP145 will be listed as Canon MP140. Just select the MP140, and press forward. Usually, your system will automatically detect the correct driver for the MP145. If that’s not the case, a “Choose Driver” screen will be shown instead. Just pick Canon from the list, and press forward. On the Choose Driver screen, pick MP140 for the model, and the “Canon MP140 series Ver.2.80[en] for drivers. Press forward. The installation should be finished, and an option to print a test page will be presented.

driver selection

For the scanner part, all that I need to do is to install the following:

  • libsane
  • sane-utils
  • simple-scan

Those packages can be found in Synaptic. After all of the package above are installed, just fire up simple-scan, and it will automatically detect the scanner.

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15 comments on “Canon Pixma MP140 / MP145 on Ubuntu 10.04

  1. Suchit Roy
    April 12, 2011

    I tried installing the Cannon MP 140 as suggested.
    I successfully installed the libcupsys2_1.3.9-17ubuntu1_all.deb. But I could not install any of the others.Clicking on any one of the four shows the message “Wrong architecture ‘i386′” Please help

    • ikhsan
      April 13, 2011

      this is because the driver packages provided by Canon is for i386 (32 bit) architecture, and I assume you’re using an AMD64/X86_64. Please confirm this by opening a terminal, and type:

      surfer@Mach5-M:~$ uname -a

      look for “X86_64″

      anyway, I haven’t personally tried this, but I assume you still can use the drivers. install them by opening a terminal window, go to the directory where you stored the downloaded files, and do this:

      sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture --force-all cnijfilter-common_2.80-1_i386.deb
      sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture --force-all scangearmp-common_1.10-1_i386.deb
      sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture --force-all cnijfilter-mp140series_2.80-1_i386.deb
      sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture --force-all scangearmp-mp140series_1.10-1_i386.deb
      

      After all of the packages are installed, proceed to the rest of the tutorial

      I haven’t personally tried this

      • Suchit Roy
        April 14, 2011

        Dear Ikshan,
        I am not using an AMD Processor. I use the Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2220 @ 2.4 GH – not sure if it is 64 bit,
        I am new to Linux and not familiar with the “terminal” opening you have suggested. Could you please help?
        Regards,
        Suchit

      • ikhsan
        April 14, 2011

        No problem. Click on the top left menu Applications > Accessories > Terminal. This will start gnome terminal. On the terminal window prompt type:

        uname -a

        By default, the files you downloaded are stored on /home/username/Downloads, so to install the driver from terminal, go to Applications > Accessories > Terminal, and go into the download folder by typing :

        cd Downloads/
        

        And install the first package by typing this:

        sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture cnijfilter-common_2.80-1_i386.deb
        

        repeat the step above for:

        sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture scangearmp-common_1.10-1_i386.deb
        

        next is:

        sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture cnijfilter-mp140series_2.80-1_i386.deb
        

        and the last one is:

        sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture scangearmp-mp140series_1.10-1_i386.deb
        
  2. Suchit Roy
    April 14, 2011

    Dear Ikshan,
    Tried doing as you suggested. Not successful
    The messages are as follows

    suchitlekshmi@ubuntu:~$ cd Downloads
    suchitlekshmi@ubuntu:~/Downloads$ sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture cnijfilter-common_2.80-1_i386.deb
    [sudo] password for suchitlekshmi:
    dpkg: warning: overriding problem because –force enabled:
    package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64)
    (Reading database … 144828 files and directories currently installed.)
    Preparing to replace cnijfilter-common 2.80-1 (using cnijfilter-common_2.80-1_i386.deb) …
    Unpacking replacement cnijfilter-common …
    Setting up cnijfilter-common (2.80-1) …
    suchitlekshmi@ubuntu:~/Downloads$ sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture –force-all scangearmp-common_1.10-1_i386.deb
    dpkg: warning: overriding problem because –force enabled:
    package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64)
    Selecting previously deselected package scangearmp-common.
    (Reading database … 144828 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking scangearmp-common (from scangearmp-common_1.10-1_i386.deb) …
    dpkg: scangearmp-common: dependency problems, but configuring anyway as you requested:
    scangearmp-common depends on libgimp2.0 (>= 2.2.0+rel); however:
    Package libgimp2.0 is not installed.
    Setting up scangearmp-common (1.10-1) …

    Configuration file `/etc/udev/rules.d/80-canon_mfp.rules’, does not exist on system.
    Installing new config file as you requested.
    Processing triggers for libc-bin …
    ldconfig deferred processing now taking place
    suchitlekshmi@ubuntu:~/Downloads$ sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture –force-all cnijfilter-mp140series_2.80-1_i386.deb
    dpkg: warning: overriding problem because –force enabled:
    package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64)
    Selecting previously deselected package cnijfilter-mp140series.
    (Reading database … 144874 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking cnijfilter-mp140series (from cnijfilter-mp140series_2.80-1_i386.deb) …
    Setting up cnijfilter-mp140series (2.80-1) …
    Processing triggers for libc-bin …
    ldconfig deferred processing now taking place
    suchitlekshmi@ubuntu:~/Downloads$ sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture –force-all scangearmp-mp140series_1.10-1_i386.deb
    dpkg: warning: overriding problem because –force enabled:
    package architecture (i386) does not match system (amd64)
    Selecting previously deselected package scangearmp-mp140series.
    (Reading database … 145054 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking scangearmp-mp140series (from scangearmp-mp140series_1.10-1_i386.deb) …
    Setting up scangearmp-mp140series (1.10-1) …
    Processing triggers for libc-bin …
    ldconfig deferred processing now taking place
    suchitlekshmi@ubuntu:~/Downloads$
    Any way out?
    Regards,
    Suchit

  3. Suchit Roy
    April 14, 2011

    Dear Ikshan,
    I installed the Package libgimp2.0 which was not installed as per the message. Now the printer is detected – shown in the System>Administration>Printing window. But it refuses to print anything including the test page. On selecting a document to print, the printer is shown but, selecting it and giving the print command does not produce any response from the printer.
    Regards,
    Suchit

    • ikhsan
      April 14, 2011

      Hmm.. I’m using 32 bit system so there are several things that I can’t guarantee to work on 64 bit system such as yours. From what I read, some of MP140 can’t print a test page but are able to print from applications.

      But you can try several things:
      1.
      Try starting from fresh, as you installed some of the package not in order. Remove all of driver packages, restart your pc and reinstall them again. To remove do this in the terminal:
      sudo dpkg -r cnijfilter-mp140series
      sudo dpkg -r scangearmp-mp140series
      sudo dpkg -r cnijfilter-common
      sudo dpkg -r scangearmp-common

      and reinstall them again by following the guide on the post. You might want to restart your system between uninstalling and reinstalling the driver
      2.
      Try using different driver. Ubuntu support the Pixma MP150 natively. I have tested (in 32 bit system) that the driver for the MP150 partially works for the MP145. It’s sub-par, but quite okay for printing texts

  4. Suchit Roy
    April 15, 2011

    Dear Ikshan,
    Tried as you said – uninstalled rebooted and reinstalled. Status quo – not printing test page or documents .odt/.txt/.doc/ .pdf
    Tried downloading MP150 drivers from Cannon site for south and south-east Asia. The site shows drivers only for Mac and Windows. Not for Linux!!!
    Is that the end of the road?
    Regards,
    Suchit

    • ikhsan
      April 15, 2011

      the MP150 is natively supported by Ubuntu, you don’t have to install anything. Just go to System > Administration > Printing

      Right click on your MP140, and select properties. On the properties window, press the “change” button next to the “Make & Model” . Select Canon, and press forward. Search for “PIXMA MP150″ from the left list, select either one of the driver on the right list, press forward. Select “Use the new PPD”, then press apply

  5. Suchit Roy
    April 15, 2011

    Dear Ikhsan,
    Tried that. No response.
    Regards,
    Suchit

    • ikhsan
      April 15, 2011

      Then I’m out of options for now :(

  6. Suchit Roy
    April 15, 2011

    Thank you so much Ikhsan, for all the help
    Regards,
    Suchit

    • Suchit Roy
      May 3, 2011

      Dear Ikhsan,
      The printer is working fine. The problem was with the color cartridge, which was not being recognized and hence the printer was not responding. I bought a new cartridge and he printer is working fine.

      Thank you so much for the help.

      Regards,
      Suchit

      • ikhsan
        May 4, 2011

        Cool! :D
        I’m glad that you finally get your printer working :)

  7. Suchit Roy
    May 4, 2011

    Dear Ikhsan,
    Thanks once again.
    Regards,
    Suchit

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