Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 169728
Canon pixma IP1500 needs a proper driver
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:14 EST
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Description of problem:
the very popular and cheap printer Canon Pixma IP1500 doesn't have a driver in CUPS.
So if you plug it or turn it on you'll get the printer list appear saying to select manually your printer, unfortunately none of the printers listed work (no compatible type).
Fortunately there is a way to make it work that can be found here http://www.lowlevel.cz/log/pivot/entry.php?id=40 and here http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/showthread.php?t=25880&goto=nextoldest .
It works but now problems are :
-you have to get into the Cups daemon config page at http://localhost:631/ to manage the printer and of course use the root password (no good for workstation with multiple user, too many people knowing the root password around)
-we still have the window with printer list nagging you when turning on the printer
-the egg-cups daemon crashes and a window asking for restart or drop the process pops-up
-sometimes the printer must be recreated, it just stop working without warning
Another solution (I have nottested yet) is to get the TurboPrint driver (http://www.turboprint.de/english.html), but there are license fees for a multiple users usage (at least there is a free edition for private use).
I really hope this driver will be integrated soon in the cups printing system so that it just be detected and work like any other recognized printer without any more questions.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.turn you Linux on
3.turn on or plug the printer
Actual Results: a Cups related window appears asking to manually choose the printer (wich is not in the list)
Expected Results: no message, no window, it just work
License seems okay from a cursory glance. No time to do this for FC5 though.
I would like to see someone make a Fedora Extras package first, to iron out