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MP550 support for linux

On many forums, I’ve read my brand new Canon Pixma MP550 would not be supported under Linux.

Well, that’s incorrect 🙂 Mandriva linux does not provide out-of-the-box support, but you’ll find official Canon drivers for this very nice printer on the Canon Australian web site. Strangely enough, they are not on the sites in other countries :-/

Here are my instructions:

Go to Canan Australia Support services

Go to http://www.canon.com.au/Support-Services

Search for Printer<figcaption class="wp-caption-text">First, search for my printer (in my case MP550)</figcaption></figure>

Then, Follow the download link<figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Follow the download link</figcaption>

Download the driver

Browse the results and find the Canon driver for linux.

The Canon driver for linux <figcaption class="wp-caption-text">The Canon driver for linux </figcaption></figure>

You find, the source code, the Redhat RPM package, and the Debian DEB package.

You’ll also find the drivers for the scanner.

For a RPM-based distribution, download the RPM packages for

the printer
MP550 series IJ Printer Driver Ver. 3.20 for Linux (rpm Packagearchive)
the scanner
MP550 series ScanGear MP Ver. 1.40 for Linux (rpm Packagearchive)

Install the drivers

Unpack the archive

root@localhost /tmp # tar xzvf cnijfilter-mp550series-3.20-1-i386-rpm.tar.gz

run the install script

cd cnijfilter-mp550series-3.20-1-i386-rpm

That’s it

Check in the CUPS adminsitration that the printer was added, and print the test page.