Using 12.04 32bit; trying to setup Canon ip2600 printer.

When I try to install the Canon driver apt-get refuses to install it, instead replaces "libcupsys2" with newer "libcups2" creating a dependency problem since the Canon requires "libcupsys2". I have tried the standards: sudo apt-get update, sudo apt-get clean, sudo apt-get autoremove, sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade, sudo dpkg --configure -a, & sudo apt-get install -f but none make the printer work

I followed instructions at: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1427098 to change the dependencys but that did not help, it generated error messages. Printer state is still: "idle - /usr/lib/cups/filter/gstoraster failed"

At this point I am wondering if I should "apt-get remove" the cups package.

Any help would be appreciated

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After trying many things I finally stumbled onto this page which solved my problem: http://www.ppsolution.net/en/articles/linux/ubuntu_driver_printer_canon_ip2600.pdf

I used the shell script method and the printer installed with no problems. They have not only the explanation of the problem but the solution. They deserve some "attaboys".


I just installed Ubuntu on an Acer Aspire circa 2010 and a ThinkPad X61. I spent several hours trying to get my Canon Pixma iP2600 to work with advice from several sites. Some wanted me to type many terminal commands. None worked. Finally found this one, it’s simple, and works perfectly: http://handytutorial.com/install-canon-printer-driver-for-ubuntu-13-04-12-10-12-04/.

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