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How can I get 11.10 desktop classic to configure Canon PIXMA MP780 printer on ubuntu.

New, clean install x86 desktop

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I got the printer model wrong (now corrected to PIXMA MP780) and thanks to itnet7 I found the correct repos(itory).

The steps I used to get this printer installed are these:

as from itnet7 open a terminal and enter...

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:michael-gruz/canon


sudo apt-get update

But for the MP780 which is not in michael-gruz repos, but the iP4100 is and from this ancient website

I learn that the iP4100 drivers work for the MP780, so...

sudo apt-get install cnijfilter-pixusip4100series

and then to get Ubuntu to recognize and configure the MP780, open a browser and use this URL...

which should open CUPS 1.5.0 administration, click on Adding Printers and Classes then the Add Printer button...

Here you should see all local printers if they are connected and turned on.

Select the MP780 and "continue"...

Then fill in or change the printer information, &c, "Continue"...

Then select Canon PIXMA MP780 - CUPS+Gutenprint v5.2.7(en) for the model, and finally press the "Add Printer" button....

Then You can set the default options and finally hit the button...

Ubuntu should pop up a message about the new printer and it should be shown in System Settings / Printers.

Good Luck!

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Awesome!! Glad that you were able to get it working!! – itnet7 Nov 25 '11 at 14:13

There is a PPA that contains your specific driver located here. There is another question about installing another canon printer type that gave me the info found here for reference.

To save a bit of time here are the steps, you will need to add the following ppa using your preferred method. Here is a way to add it from the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:michael-gruz/canon


sudo apt-get update

then in your case you would want to install your printer using the following:

sudo apt-get install cnijfilter-mx870series

Here is the resource the original question I have reference used.

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