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#1 2020-05-13 12:02:40

Quatrivius
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Registered: 2020-02-05
Posts: 4

Making Canon Pixma iP1980 work

I'm trying to make my printer as specified in the title to work. First I'll give some output that I think is relevant for this problem:

lsusb
lpstat
/usr/lib/cups/filter
/usr/lib/cups/backend
/usr/share/cups/model
/etc/cups/ppd

I'm using this as GUI for managing printer and since my printer is a very old model, there is no driver for it in Linux and it is already discontinued. I still managed to find PPD file for it from here and generate the corresponding filter and using the PPD file from it.

System-config-printer managed to detect the printer (and so does LibreOffice), I can send a print job to it, but the printer doesn't do anything. The printer will eventually revert into an idle state and no pages were printed. Any ideas about what I should do next?

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#2 2020-05-13 12:31:57

Lone_Wolf
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From: Netherlands, Europe
Registered: 2005-10-04
Posts: 8,086

Re: Making Canon Pixma iP1980 work

Canon printers usually need some proprietary stuff from canon .

However, https://fswdl.blogspot.com/2016/10/cano … nload.html has a linux driver , cnijfilter-common-3.00-1.tar.gz

AUR has a newer version of that driver[1], if you're very lucky it will work with your model or you can use it as a start for a PKGBUILD to build the older version .

It won't be easy to get this to work on any current linux and it will likely be a lot of work with an unknown chance of success.
You may want to consider giving this printer to someone with a windows 8.1 system ( or setup a windows VM on your machine and print from that ) .

[1] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/cnijfilter-common


Multi-init booting with apg Openrc and systemd coexisting
Automounting : not needed, i prefer pmount
Aur helpers : makepkg + my own local repo === rarely need them

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#3 2020-05-18 06:26:21

Quatrivius
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Registered: 2020-02-05
Posts: 4

Re: Making Canon Pixma iP1980 work

Lone_Wolf wrote:

Canon printers usually need some proprietary stuff from canon .

However, https://fswdl.blogspot.com/2016/10/cano … nload.html has a linux driver , cnijfilter-common-3.00-1.tar.gz

AUR has a newer version of that driver[1], if you're very lucky it will work with your model or you can use it as a start for a PKGBUILD to build the older version .

It won't be easy to get this to work on any current linux and it will likely be a lot of work with an unknown chance of success.
You may want to consider giving this printer to someone with a windows 8.1 system ( or setup a windows VM on your machine and print from that ) .

[1] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/cnijfilter-common

Unfortunately, I am still unable to make it work. I guess setting up Windows VM or using a Windows system is the only solution for me. Thank you for your response.

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