Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have just bought a shiny new Canon MG6250 multifunction printer/scanner and connected it via LAN. Installing the printing side of things was a breeze, however, I cannot work out how to set up scanning.

I installed the MG6200 series ScanGear MP driver from Canon's site but when I open GIMP or Simple Scan, they say there is no scanner detected. Using GIMP's 'update scanner list' button to search for the scanner does not find it.

How do I tell Ubuntu, GIMP or Simple Scan to look on the network for the scanner? Is there another utility especially for this?

share|improve this question
    
Found a few pages via Googling talking about xsane and configuring it. Most of them talk about scanning using a USB connected scanner. I tried a few of the outlined tweeks, but none have worked so far. –  Andrew Oct 21 '12 at 4:29
    
Did you try the command line tool that comes with the ScanGear driver, scangearmp? That found it for me. –  Noyo Sep 8 '13 at 10:06

1 Answer 1

up vote 4 down vote accepted

Just got this going today. This is how I got it working over wireless network, running Xubuntu 12.10 64-bit. (No Canon drivers were needed).

After installing xsane:

  • The sane man pages refer to "backendname" a lot. http://www.sane-project.org/sane-mfgs.html gives the backend name for the 6250 as "pixma"

  • man sane-pixma (seems to be a man entry for each backend) tells you that network scanners should normally be detected, but if not, add them directly to /etc/sane.d/pixma.conf

  • Edit that file and add a line of the format:

    bjnp://<ip_address>

  • IP address can be retrieved from the printer settings, or from the options in the printer itself.

  • After adding an entry for the printer, save pixma.conf

  • Now edit /etc/default/saned and set RUN=yes

  • Then: service saned start

  • Run xsane

Now xsane should discover the scanner, and instead of saying "no devices found" and dying, it should run up (brings up about 4 windows). All the default settings seem to work — just press "Scan".

share|improve this answer
    
Thankyou for that concise explanation. Works a treat now!! –  Andrew Oct 18 '13 at 10:22
    
Awesome! Glad to help. –  Ash Oct 18 '13 at 10:35

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.