Canon MP495 Scan on Mac

Scanners can be a nightmare to work with. I’ve had this Canon MP495 Wireless Printer/Scanner for at least 3 years now. The wireless printing works on all my Mac computers, but I can’t get the device to scan via the wireless network. I even downloaded the latest Canon drivers as well as the latest MP Navigator software, but to no avail.

The solution seems rudimentary considering all the recent improvements in software and on network devices. The only solution that I have gotten to work is to connect the scanner directly to my Mac Mini via a USB port. In addition, the Canon MP Navigation software doesn’t seem to be  scanning. I ended up using the Scanner software that comes with the Mac OS.

Install Canon Pixma MP495 on Ubuntu

I recently purchased a Canon Pixma MP495 wireless printer for just $30 at MicroCenter. It was a great deal that I couldn’t pass up. The MP495 wireless printer typically costs $80, but I bought it for only $30 because it was purchased along with a PC desktop system.

The fun part was setting up the wireless printer to the network. I downloaded the printer drivers directly from Canon’s website, and configured the printer from my MacBook Air. I was able to successfully connect and print on the network. I was also able to get another PC to work with the printer.

This article will cover how to setup and add the Canon Pixma MP495 on Ubuntu Linux.

Printer Driver

The printer setup on the Ubuntu Linux desktop system, as it turned out, wasn’t such a big deal after all. The first thing that I needed to do was download the correct Linux printer drivers from Canon’s website.

MP495 series IJ Printer Driver Ver. 3.40 for Debian Linux

Unpack the downloaded zipped file. From the Terminal, go to the “packages” folder and choose the appropriate drivers based on your processor type and architecture. In this example, I’m using 64 bit AMD processor on my desktop. The commands I typed were:

sudo dpkg -i –-force-architecture cnijfilter-common_3.40-1_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i –-force-architecture cnijfilter-mp495series_3.40-1_amd64.deb

To add the printer, you should use CUPS. Since the driver is already installed, your distro should be able to recognize the printer using the CUPS setup.

Scanner Driver

MP495 series ScanGear MP Ver. 1.60 for Debian Linux

Unpack the downloaded scanner zipped file. From the Terminal, go to the “packages” folder. Once again, choose the appropriate printer driver based on your processor type and architecture. The commands I typed were:

sudo dpkg -i –-force-architecture scangearmp-common_1.60-1_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i –-force-architecture scangearmp-mp495series_1.60-1_amd64.deb

You should be able to launch the scanning software from the Terminal.

scangearmp

In addition, you can add a startup icon from the Main Menu. Here’s another instruction from Ubuntu’s support forum.

Canon MX330 Simple Scan

I finally got my Canon MX330 printer to work with Ubuntu’s Simple Scan. I never had a problem with setting up my printer and/or printing documents on Ubuntu, but I never got the scanner to work. Not once, but now it works, with an application called Simple Scan. I’m so stoked! Ok, here’s how I did it. If you have a Canon MX330 and you want Ubuntu’s Simple Scan to work with your printer/scanner, just try to do the following steps.

  1. Download the Canon MX330 ScanGear Drivers.
  2. Unzip the package. Go to the Packages folder.
  3. Type the following commands from the Terminal.
  4. sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture scangearmp-common_3.00-1_i386.deb
    sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture scangearmp-mx330series_3.10-1_i386.deb
  5. The package above is the current version. You may get a newer version.
  6. One more thing, that’s a double dash before force-architecture.
  7. Start Simple Scan from Applications > Graphics > Simple Scan menu.
  8. The application should start scanning.
  9. Save the image as JPG.
  10. That’s it.

Hopefully that setup works for you!

Setup The Canon MX330 Printer in Ubuntu

It seems like every time I reinstall Ubuntu, I also have to reconfigure my personal Canon MX330 printer. I admit it’s not a straightforward install. It usually involves a few Google searches to look for the drivers as well as performing a few manual commands on the Terminal.

So, I decided to document the Canon MX330 printer setup in Ubuntu for future reference.

Download

To get started, first, we need to download the Canon MX330 drivers directly from Canon’s website. Select “Support and Services” from the menu, and  then select “Driver Downloads.” You’ll need to choose the appropriate tarball for your distro. For Ubuntu, you need the “Debian” tarball.

Extract

Download and extract the files to your local directory. Access the extracted directory and go to the “cnijfilter-mx330series-3.10-1-i386-deb/packages” directory.

Install

Now, type the following commands on the Terminal:

sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture cnijfilter-common_3.00-1_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture cnijfilter-mx330series_3.10-1_i386.deb

Add Printer

Go to System->Administrtion->Printing, then select New->Printer. The Canon MX330 should be on a list of available printers. Select it and send a short print test. Simple. That’s it.

Linux Driver for the Canon MX330

The Canon MX330 is your All-In-One Office Inkjet Printer. First of all, it’s an inkjet printer with a resolution of 4800 x 1200 maximum color dpi. It uses Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering or (FINE) with a patented print head, firing ink droplets as small as 2pl. This delivers superb quality and detail in both your business documents and photos. The built-in 30 sheet Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) makes it easy to copy, scan or fax multiple documents without having to load them one at a time.

Second, it’s a copier. It uses Dual Color Gamut Technology that allows you to copy with confidence as this built-in technology automatically optimizes your originals so copies stay true to it, time after time, copy after time.

Third, it’s a photo printer. It has an Auto Photo Fix which is built-in, perfect for your home photo lab as it automatically categorizes your images into one of five types – Portrait, Scenery, Night Scenery, Snapshot with Scenery, and Snapshot with Night Scenery – then applies optimal image correction.

Fourth, it’s a fax. It uses Super G3 Fax connectivity, the business fax standard for color and PC facsimiles on plain paper meets the home office workhorse with 20 coded speed dials and up to 50 incoming pages2 to meet your every communication need.

Fifth, it’s a scanner. It’s capable of scanning up to 1200 x 2400 dpi and 19,200 x 19,200 dpi interpolated.

The unit comes with Ink Cartridges: PG-210 (Black Cartridge) and CL-211 (Color Cartridge), a Power Cord and a Telephone Line Cable. It’s missing a USB 2.0 printer cable. Thankfully, I had a spare one. As far as software is concerned, the unit comes with a Setup Software & User’s Guide CD-ROM for both PC and Mac. No Linux drivers.

Well, I have to do a little digging to find one. I found this site by Barton Phillips that provides a driver link from Canon’s website. Why Canon could not include this small program in the CD is beyond me.

I ran the install.sh shell script from the Terminal. I also ran or double clicked on one of the deb packages in the folder. I’m not sure if it was necessary. Afterwards, I ran CUPS and the program was able to identify the MX330 printer that’s connected via USB. I did a test print! It works.