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The Canon Pixma MG2450 printer has an integrated scanner that should work with a tool like Simple Scan (or xsane or Skanlite).

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There are two sets of drivers (provided by Canon as deb files): two drivers for the printer (cnijfilter-commonand cnijfilter-mg2400series) and two for the scanner (scangearmp-common and scangearmp-mg2400series). All drivers can be installed just fine, the printer works, but the scanner is not detected.

As seen here, the Canon Pixma 2400 series is supported.

How can I use this 2 in 1 scanner / printer?


I have tried to use Xubuntu, Kubuntu and Lubuntu, eOS and Mint, and got the same negative results.

Note that the scanner works in Windows.

How can I get it working?

  • Which Ubuntu version? – cat Jan 20 '16 at 23:30
  • Have you checked the system logs for anything suspicious? – cat Jan 20 '16 at 23:31
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    Please comment before down-voting, in order to help me correct what is amiss – user47206 Jan 21 '16 at 16:16
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    @cat - You just prove U&L is against cross-posting. Not askubuntu.. Posting on U&L was useless for me so I posted here. Down vote me there not here. On second thoughts don't do it, as I'll delete that question there after the bounty expires :) – user47206 Jan 21 '16 at 16:44
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    @cipricus every site on SE is against cross-posting. That is mentioned in various places on the main meta and that includes AU. U&L is more strict than most but pretty much every site is against it. That said, your question on U&L mentions other distros and has more detail and, as I explained in my answer on the relevant meta post, doesn't really qualify as cross-posting. – terdon Jan 25 '16 at 11:13
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The drivers already mentioned in the question are just fine, only they cannot be used with the Simple San or Xsane tools, but they install a tool called ScanGear that can be launched with the command scangearmp.

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Outputs: png, pdf, pnm.

To add a .desktop launcher for that:

sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/scan.desktop

and paste this:

[Desktop Entry]
Categories=Graphics;Scanning;
Exec=scangearmp
Icon=scanner
Name=Scan
Type=Application

The same can be used within Gimp: File/Create/ScanGear MP, but ScanGear does not need Gimp in order to work.

Sources are linked in my other answer.

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I suggest adding the SANE daily build ppa to your system and updating. This gained functionality of a Canon multifunction printer/scanner on our system in xsane. Everything works except the document feeder, which I have posted a separate question about. If Canon provides scangearmp2 for your printer, does that work? It works on our system, including document feeder, but has a limited feature set compared to xsane.

  • When you run xsane what error message / popup do you get? Also, are you using the scanner over a LAN or via USB? – Organic Marble Jan 21 '16 at 17:09
  • Scangear2 for our MB2320 can be found here usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/support/details/printers/… – Organic Marble Jan 21 '16 at 17:49
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    After solving it I understand what you mean. The scanner driver from Cannon comes with a separate GUI application called ScanGear. One doesn't need Xsane or Simple Scan, nor Gimp as some say to use that, although it can be run from Gimp. It can be run simply as scangearmp in my case. - Adding Sane daily ppa is a very bad idea in my case it gave me dependency problems, I had to remove it to get back my old version and be able to use the driver that I already had but didn't knew how to use. – user47206 Jan 25 '16 at 14:45

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