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Title: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7 to be found? [SOLVED]
Post by: perknh on January 19, 2017, 07:33:34 am
Hello Peppermint forum,

mrs.perknh and I went out yesterday, braving the slick roads of southern New Hampshire, in order to print out a couple PDF documents.  Hours later, frustrated and cold, we came home empty-handed.  Not that we were ill-prepared --we were not.  I had my trusty Toshiba laptop with Peppermint 7 with us, an external hard drive, and we went to the home of a friend where I had, years earlier, installed Peppermint 6 on one of her computers, and Windows 7 on another.  Yeah, we were prepared, but we still came up dry.  The PDF files were blocked from view in Peppermint 6, and they only appeared as ghost files (empty files) on the Windows 7 computer.

I've had it.  Although I use a printer about 2 to three times a year at most, I want to buy a printer now.  I want one that will darn sure work with Peppermint 7, and with my wife's Chromebook too.  Ideally, I might add, I'd like to make copies (an All-In-One Printer), have Wi-Fi, and be able to buy single color cartridges when I need them, instead of having to buy all the colors at once when all I really need is some black ink.

Is this search of mine for such a printer unrealistic?  Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?  I've spent hours on the Web this morning searching, searching, searching.  At this point, I'm drawing a blank.

Thank you for any ideas on this subject.  Not only am I running on fumes at this moment, but I'm also out of coffee.  If all else fails, may a cup of Twinings Earl Grey tea come to my rescue.  It will be sweetened traditionally, of course, with raw, organic, blue agave syrup. :o

perknh
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 19, 2017, 07:38:31 am
Pretty much any HP AIO.

But once you find a model you like, before you buy let us know the model and we can check the required version of hplip
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: perknh on January 19, 2017, 08:30:43 am
Pretty much any HP AIO.

But once you find a model you like, before you buy let us know the model and we can check the required version of hplip

Will do.  That narrows the field a lot.  Now, with a little luck, I can find a brick-and-mortar business that carries some decent HP printers.   I'll start at a Walmart Supercenter that's located nearby.  I'll post again before making a purchase.

Thank you, PCNetSpec

Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: GNULINUX on January 19, 2017, 09:42:50 am
+1 for HP printers!

I have a HP Photosmart 5525 (Print/Scan/Copy/Web) and EVERYTHING works in my mixed home network.
It is attached via USB on my main machine and shared.

I can't comment on the Chromebook since I've never seen one here!  :o

Greets!
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: scifidude79 on January 19, 2017, 10:55:25 am
Agreed.  HP all the way.  I've never had an issue with a HP printer in Linux.  :)
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: emegra on January 19, 2017, 11:34:44 am
Hi perknh

I bought a new printer just last week for my office, I eventually settled on an officejet 4650
http://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-officejet-4650-all-in-one-printer (http://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-officejet-4650-all-in-one-printer)

Absolutely delighted with it, runs perfectly in PM7 unfortunately I can't speak for the Chromebook




Graeme

EDIT
There's probably no such thing as a perfect printer I suppose it depends what you want to do, if you're looking to print high quality photos the HP 5500 GNULINUX suggested might be the better printer but for general printing I can heartily recommend the 4650
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: Slim.Fatz on January 19, 2017, 12:14:00 pm
Hi perknh,

Mine is a little old and I'm not sure it is still available, but it works well, has wifi connection (also to an old chromebook) and was cheap: HP Deskjet 3055A.

Regards,

-- Slim
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: mac on January 19, 2017, 12:28:48 pm
Definitely HP.  Mine are HP Photosmart 6380 and HP LaserJet P1102W.  No problem with either but the P1102W does require a proprietary driver hence the need for HPLIP (as PCNetSpec intimated).     ;)
The Photosmart is, btw, all-in-one.   Good luck in your search.

cheers
mac

Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: perknh on January 19, 2017, 06:11:15 pm
Thank you so much, gentlemen.

Well, I went to Walmart, and this pretty much what I saw.  I skipped all Cannon printers.

Kodak:

Spoiler (click here to view / hide)
Kodak Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Printer
 Verité 55 XL Plus

Airprint
Google Air Print
Wi-fi
Spend less on ink

Lenux Debian 8.0
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

's $60
Note:  Kodak was the only one of all the printers I saw that said it supported Debian and Ubuntu.  It $60.  I wonder if that itself deserves a dollar vote.  This printer has been in stock of six months.  I was told by the sales clerk that Kodak is getting back into the printer game.

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After looking at the Kodak printer, I saw a six HPs that caught my eye --the Envy series, the Deskjet series, and the OfficeJet series, but NOT one box said that the printer inside supported Linux.

Spoiler (click here to view / hide)
HP Envy 4512

HP Envy 5642

HP DeskJet 3632

HP DeskJet 3752

HP OfficeJet 4652

HP OfficeJet 6962
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I read you guys loud and clear --HP is the way to go.  I have to get a printer; that's for sure.  But I'm scratching my head as to what to do now.  Did anyone think I'd encounter a Kodak that supported Debian and Ubuntu and Google Air Print?  That really surprised me.  That said, I know that those Debian and Ubuntu distributions are a little dated.

Thank you, everyone, while I wrap my head around this.

perknh
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: notned on January 19, 2017, 07:04:26 pm
You mentioned that you only print once or twice a year.   I think laser printers need to be considered otherwise you'll be going out for ink every time that you print.
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 19, 2017, 07:10:45 pm
I'm not sure about the HP DeskJet 3752 and the HP OfficeJet 6962 .. but according to this
http://support.hp.com/gb-en/document/c04550279
the other HP printers are Google Airprint capable.

And as for hplip version (for the ones listed as Airprint compatible).....

HP Envy 4512 = Minimum HPLIP version 3.15.9
http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/models/other/envy_4510_series.html

HP Envy 5642 = Minimum HPLIP version 3.14.10
http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/models/other/envy_5640_series.html

HP DeskJet 3632 = Minimum HPLIP version 3.15.6
http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/models/deskjet_aio/deskjet_3630_series.html

HP OfficeJet 4652 = Minimum HPLIP version 3.15.9
http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/models/officejet/officejet_4650_series.html

Peppermint 7 has hplip version 3.16.3 - so ALL the above will work in Peppermint 7

Peppermint 6 only has hplip version 3.14.3 - so non of them will work OOTB, but you should (theoretically) be able to install hplip 3.16.11 from here:
http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/gethplip.html

Let me know if you still use Peppermint 6 and I'll do a test install of hplip 3.16.11 in a Peppermint 6 VM just to be sure.

[EDIT]

notned has a point .. ink in an inkjet may clog the print heads if left for months on end without printing, or dry out altogether if left for a whole year.

If you're only ever going to print in black and white it MAY be worth considering a cheap black and white laser .. I've found Samsung B&W Lasers are pretty well supported in Linux.

Colour Lasers being pretty expensive .. though their price has fallen.

Lasers can generally stand for years and still work straight away (as long as they're not stored in a turkish bath house).
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: zebedeeboss on January 20, 2017, 01:35:20 am
Hi

Be wary of cheap Samsung Colour Laser Deals.   I bought one a few years back for £99 and I was like yeah!!!     Then I went to buy colour cartridges about 6 months later  and decided not to when the bill for a complete set came to over £240 (£60+ per colour)  :o

Regards Zeb...
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: perknh on January 20, 2017, 07:56:59 am
Thank you, gentlemen,

All of you are making good points here.  PCNetSpec, thank you for digging up all that printer info.  I really appreciate all the effort that took.  Thank you.  Doing that has brought my HP choices down to three --the HP Envy 4512, the HP DeskJet 3632, and the HP OfficeJet 4652.  The HP Envy 5642 will be scratched off the list because the support information says that this printer is not recommended.

Interestingly enough, I do occasionally play around with Peppermint 6.  And I still maintain a friend's computer that runs P6.  Now, strange as it sounds, the only printer of the list that has been ignored in this conversation is the only one that appears to support Peppermint 6 --the Kodak Verité 55 XL Plus!  But, would it support Peppermint 7?  I don't know.  :-\  I actually thought I was going to hear that that one printer was a lucky find and unquestioningly the one to buy.  And it was the only printer whose box had the decency to say that it supported Lenux Debian 8.0, and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.  But, it's been the one printer that nobody has said anything about!

notned, thank you for your observation that I don't do a lot of printing.  That is true.  Also, what I don't do these days is write a lot of letters.  (My handwriting has become something akin to chicken scratch.)  I would probably write letters more frequently if I owned a printer.  Many of my friends are still letter writers. They've been on my case for years to write them letters.  I have difficulty doing so now.  A printer would help me in this regard.

zebedeeboss, the Kodak printer seemed to be the printer that would save me on ink over time.  I need to investigate that further at Walmart on which of these is really the best on the wallet over time.

GNULINUX, emegra, Slim.Fatz, and mac, notably absent on my short list of printers that are available to me are all the the models you guys have suggested.  It's like that old cartoon where I have four flavors of ice cream available to choose from --chocolate, wood, plastic and liver-- and then the retailer tells me that he is out of chocolate.

scifidude79, the printer, that was not working for me, and which inspired me to buy a printer that would, was an HP!  But, it might have been because Peppermint 6 was on that desktop computer.  At least that's what I'm gathering here.

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Lasers can generally stand for years and still work straight away (as long as they're not stored in a turkish bath house). --PCNetSpec

Funny you mention that.  Google's YouTube has recommended to me that I would enjoy watching Turkish biker and Turkish Gypsy-style music videos.  And, believe it or not, Google is right about this.  But, no...no printer in the bathhouse.  I mean you have to draw a line somewhere!  ;D

Thank you, everyone, for all your comments and time.   This has proven not to be as easy a purchase as I thought it would be.

perknh
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: murraymint on January 20, 2017, 08:04:51 am
the Kodak Verité 55 XL Plus!  But, would it support Peppermint 7? 

I've just installed the driver for that printer from:
http://www.funaihelp.com/kodak/printer/downloads

It installed fine in Peppermint 7. Of course I don't have the printer but that's a good sign, no? ;)
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: perknh on January 20, 2017, 08:18:13 am
the Kodak Verité 55 XL Plus!  But, would it support Peppermint 7? 

I've just installed the driver for that printer from:
http://www.funaihelp.com/kodak/printer/downloads

It installed fine in Peppermint 7. Of course I don't have the printer but that's a good sign, no? ;)

Thank you, murraymint,  Yeah, that's a good sign, and, of all things, the digital television we have is a Funai. :o
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 20, 2017, 04:03:10 pm
Historically Kodak printers have been a royal pain in Linux (support wise) .. by the looks of things that has changed, but given also their historic build quality I'd personally steer clear of Kodak.

Besides which I'm sure I read somewhere Kodak is "on the ropes" financially ,, if this is still the case can you trust they'll still be in business in a year or so ?

HPLIP and the HPLIP-GUI are the easiest tools to use for printer config in Linux BAR NON .. HP have supported Linux (with FULLY open source drivers) really well for years which is the reason most distros include hplip out of the box.

What you do with my very PERSONAL take on things is up to you though ;)
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: perknh on January 20, 2017, 04:38:30 pm
Historically Kodak printers have been a royal pain in Linux (support wise) .. by the looks of things that has changed, but given also their historic build quality I'd personally steer clear of Kodak.

Besides which I'm sure I read somewhere Kodak is "on the ropes" financially ,, if this is still the case can you trust they'll still be in business in a year or so ?

HPLIP and the HPLIP-GUI are the easiest tools to use for printer config in Linux BAR NON .. HP have supported Linux (with FULLY open source drivers) really well for years which is the reason most distros include hplip out of the box.

What you do with my very PERSONAL take on things is up to you though ;)

Thank you, PCNetSpec.  I've been reading reviews and you're not alone with that experience.

Look at the first review here:

https://www.walmart.com/reviews/product/45175676 (https://www.walmart.com/reviews/product/45175676)

Unfortunately, my three other HP picks --the HP Envy 4512, the HP DeskJet 3632, and the HP OfficeJet 4652-- aren't faring much better in the review category either.  I know I've got to push the go button however.  I have to have a printer, but Kodak is now off my list.  By the way, I didn't see any Samsung printers at all yesterday.

Thank you, PCNetSpec, and thank you, also, to all the guys who have helped me here with insights and suggestions.  Believe me, I'm listening and paying attention.  ;)

perknh

P.S.

I guess the HP Envy 4512 is now off my list too.  I run a Toshiba laptop.  This is from Walmart's Q & A:

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Can this printer be used with a toshiba laptop?

by Skip11/11/2015

A.Yes, as long as it is running one of the following operating systems: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3 (32-bit) and OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion, OS X v10.9 Mavericks, OS X v10.10 Yosemite
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 20, 2017, 05:43:08 pm
That doesn't mean anything perknh, they never mention Linux .. they're just quoting what drivers are on the include CD/DVD.

But you don't need the CD/DVD for Linux .. you just need to install hplip and hplip-gui
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: perknh on January 20, 2017, 07:04:44 pm
That doesn't mean anything perknh, they never mention Linux .. they're just quoting what drivers are on the include CD/DVD.

But you don't need the CD/DVD for Linux .. you just need to install hplip and hplip-gui

Got it.  I'll throw caution to wind and buy one the four HPs I've mentioned here.  Then, I'll come back for support.  ;)

Thank you, PCNetSpec.

perknh
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: VinDSL on January 20, 2017, 08:39:57 pm
I picked up a Dell E310dw printer at Staples (online) for $39.99 USD (http://www.staples.com/Dell-E310dw-Mono-Laser-Printer/product_1668833), during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday season.

Basically, it's a re-branded Brother workhorse (http://www.staples.com/Brother-Mono-Laser-Printer-HL-L2360DW/product_1065232).  Couldn't be happier !   

Mono laser, WiFi and/or ethernet, duplex (double-sided) printing, 250-page (letter or legal) adjustable tray, et cetera.

It actually came with Ubu drivers on the installation CD, or you can download them directly from Dell here:

LINK: http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/peripherals/f/3528/t/19984725  (see my post at bottom)

That's my candidate !   8)
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: VinDSL on January 20, 2017, 08:55:19 pm
I've had it.  Although I use a printer about 2 to three times a year at most [...]

Do yourself a favor, and buy a laser !   ;)

If you buy an inkjet, and only use it 2-3 times a year, the damn ink cartridge(s) will dry out before you use it the 4th time.

Toner will never dry out and leave you stranded ...
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: VinDSL on January 20, 2017, 09:12:28 pm
You mentioned that you only print once or twice a year.   I think laser printers need to be considered otherwise you'll be going out for ink every time that you print.

Golden !
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: perknh on January 20, 2017, 10:30:40 pm
Okay, in my case, I need to make sure Wally World (Walmart) has an HP printer that is laser.  If not, I'll see what's available at Staples next.
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: VinDSL on January 20, 2017, 11:03:15 pm
Okay, in my case, I need to make sure Wally World (Walmart) has an HP printer that is laser.  If not, I'll see what's available at Staples next.

I'm a 'free-range' buyer.  I don't buy anything locally, except gasoline and groceries. 

Everything else, I do from the keyboard ...

99% of the deals are get are posted on this site and/or their daily emails:

http://dealnews.com/

You wouldn't believe how much time & money this place has saved me.  I suggest bookmarking it, and subscribing.

That said, Staples (online) is a great place to snag a printer !

If you find a deal on printers @ Staples via 'Dealnews', jump on it.  It be long, before they're sold out -- usually an hour or two.

Happy hunting !   :)

Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: VinDSL on January 21, 2017, 11:30:25 pm
Dang it !  Missed it by this much.

Dell E525W Color Laser All-in-One Printer, New

LINK:  http://www.staples.com/Dell-E525W-Color-Laser-All-in-One-Printer-New/product_1667711

Staples had it on sale for $129.99 USD, but it sold out almost immediately  :-[

Oh, well, it's like fishing.  You can't catch them all.  i'll get 'em next time ...
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: perknh on January 22, 2017, 06:30:13 am
Sorry to hear that, VinDSL.  Yeah, it's a hit or miss game.  I'm may accept the fact that I won't find the perfect printer this time around.  My problem is that I didn't ever know I was going to need a printer, and then, on top of that, find that I would need one relatively quickly.  If I can't find an affordable laser printer (which I haven't to date), I'll have to go with an inkjet.  Then, I have to find a way to use the darn thing often enough so that the ink won't dry up.  I would think I could always print out a couple words a day in order to keep the black and colored inks active.  I would think there must be some way to keep ink from drying up in an inkjet printer.  I can already see that these printers are a real PITA, and I don't even own one yet!  ::)
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 22, 2017, 08:03:58 am
Okay first of all, do you need colour, or will "black & white / greyscale" do ?
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: VinDSL on January 22, 2017, 10:01:15 am
My problem is that I didn't ever know I was going to need a printer, and then, on top of that, find that I would need one relatively quickly.  If I can't find an affordable laser printer (which I haven't to date), I'll have to go with an inkjet.

There are all sorts of ways you can go about finding YOUR perfect printer. 

Let me tell you what one of my kids does ...

PRETEXT:  I was dumping the trash, one day.  When I opened the lid, there was a brand new Canon Inkjet printer in there, covered in coffee grounds, banana peels, and so forth.  I was going to do the 'dumpster diving' thing and rescue it from the landfill, but it had too much dried food on it.

MYSTERY SOLVED:  When I went back in the house, I told my kid about it, and he said, "That was his."  He told me what HE does is buy 3 or 4 refurbs at a time, at Fry's Electronics for $20-$30 each (or whatever the deal-of-the-day is) and piles them in his closet.   When the ink runs out, he throws them in the trash, and pulls another one out of the stack.  That way, he always has a good printer, and doesn't have to buy refills -- which, he said, costs more than a new printer.

Each to his own ...  8)
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: murraymint on January 22, 2017, 11:42:54 am
 :D The only thing I can really contribute is stay out of range of the Canons
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: VinDSL on January 22, 2017, 12:39:46 pm
:D The only thing I can really contribute is stay out of range of the Canons

Most (if not all) Canon and Epson inkjet printers use a 'fixed-head' design, e.g. when one replaces the ink 'cartridges', they're replacing the ink 'tanks' only, and not the spray heads. 

There are pros n' cons to this design but, AFAIK  the heads stay active (and heated) the whole time the printer is turned on.  Personally, I think it's a piss-poor marketing model.  Planned obsolescence at its finest.  Plus, the manufacturer can boast about how cheap the ink is, because the heads aren't included during 'cartridge' replacement. 

I told this to a guy in my workplace, but he didn't believe me.  And, after a year of leaving it turned on, when idle, the head for the red ink 'tank' died.  Replacing the heads costs more than the printer itself, so he threw it in the trash and bought something else.

Soooo, unless you're willing to turn your printer on 'n off between sessions, I would judge that both Canon and Epsons inkjet printers are a poor choice -- or simply throw it in the trash, when the ink runs out.  LoL ! ;D
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 22, 2017, 01:42:25 pm
@perknh

Do you need colour, or will "black & white / greyscale" do ?
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: murraymint on January 22, 2017, 04:54:39 pm
My last printer was a Canon inkjet, bought in 2012 and used only a few times a year. Once the model starts getting a bit old and Ubuntu goes through a few more versions, Canon driver support drops off to nonexistent. I gave the printer away after realising it wasn't going to work in Peppermint 7.
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: perknh on January 23, 2017, 08:36:58 am
@perknh

Do you need colour, or will "black & white / greyscale" do ?

Sorry, guys I was out of town yesterday, but when out of town, I was quite unexpectedly given a printer.  My friends had a spare one and gave it to me.  PCNetSpec, I do believe, to be on the safe side of things, I will need black and color inks.

:D The only thing I can really contribute is stay out of range of the Canons

Most (if not all) Canon and Epson inkjet printers use a 'fixed-head' design, e.g. when one replaces the ink 'cartridges', they're replacing the ink 'tanks' only, and not the spray heads. 

There are pros n' cons to this design but, AFAIK  the heads stay active (and heated) the whole time the printer is turned on.  Personally, I think it's a piss-poor marketing model.  Planned obsolescence at its finest.  Plus, the manufacturer can boast about how cheap the ink is, because the heads aren't included during 'cartridge' replacement. 

Of all the brands, the printer I was given is a Canon MX 340.  I now need to purchase ink and paper for it today.  Another storm is coming in tomorrow so this can't wait.  As you guys know, I know next to nothing about printers --except, of course, from what I've learned here.  This was a totally unexpected gift.  Canon printers have never been on my radar at all, but now I actually own one.  It needs to cleaned up, set up, and put to work.  What a surprise.  :o   Still, it will need to work with Peppermint 7 or I'll still be in a pinch.  Knock on wood. ;)
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 23, 2017, 03:21:37 pm
Printer driver for the MX340:
http://support-my.canon-asia.com/contents/MY/EN/0100272101.html

Scanner driver for the MX430:
http://support-my.canon-asia.com/contents/MY/EN/0100272801.html

For reference:
https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1518425
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: perknh on January 23, 2017, 03:38:00 pm
Hello PCNetSpec and murraymint,

I went out to purchase ink and paper.  I'm concerned that murraymint is correct here.  I never imagined that ink would cost nearly as much as the printer itself --a "special" price of $49.97.  Do you think this printer will probably work with Peppermint 7?  That's my biggest fear, because Peppermint 7 where all my documents are.  If we think there's a very good chance it will not,  I'll return the ink and buy one of those HP printers we spoke about earlier.  I know I'm never supposed to ever look a gift horse in the mouth, but the ink prices are truly shocking!  :o

And, PCNetSpec, thank you very much for the driver information and Ubuntu reference guide.  :)

perknh
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: emegra on January 23, 2017, 04:30:55 pm
Hi Perknh

That certainly is a special price I assume that's original Canon cartridges

I'm sure you can get them much cheaper than that
Have a look here
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PG510-Black-CL511-Colour-Ink-Cartridge-For-Canon-PIXMA-MX340-Inkjet-Printer-/331354938630?hash=item4d264b1d06:g:joEAAOSwEppUSgFf (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PG510-Black-CL511-Colour-Ink-Cartridge-For-Canon-PIXMA-MX340-Inkjet-Printer-/331354938630?hash=item4d264b1d06:g:joEAAOSwEppUSgFf)

Ok that's ebay.uk but I'm sure there are similar deals on ebay.com

I don't know the exchange rate between the £ and the $ (the way the £ is tanking it's hard to keep up) but I'd guess about $20



Graeme
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: perknh on January 23, 2017, 04:47:44 pm
That certainly is a special price I assume that's original Canon cartridges

I'm sure you can get them much cheaper than that

Yes, that's right, they are original Canon cartridges.  And, thank you for the resource.  This thread is also inspiring Ink cartridge offers right here in Peppermint --though I love to get rid of that PITA Stephanie gal who supposedly lives 3 1/2 miles away from me.  She shows up too, above the inkfarm ads, and she refuses to be ignored.  Also, since mac became a Global Moderator, I'm getting lots of McDonald's free coupon offers too. ;)
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: mac on January 23, 2017, 04:58:40 pm
Hey, now, don't give away my secrets!  Bwahahahahaha!   ::)
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 23, 2017, 05:00:50 pm
Are you using Peppermint 7 32bit or 64bit ?

Then I'll test the drivers install properly.....
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: perknh on January 23, 2017, 05:03:44 pm
Are you using Peppermint 7 32bit or 64bit ?

Then I'll test the drivers install properly.....

I'm using Peppermint 7, 64-bit.

Thank you, PCNetSpec
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 23, 2017, 05:45:50 pm
Okay...

Open a terminal and run:
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mark-pcnetspec/canon-printer
then
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sudo apt-get update
then
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sudo apt-get install cnijfilter-mx340series-32 scangearmp-mx340series-32
That's the drivers loaded .. now add your printer in the normal way via:-

menu > System Tools > Printers



The scanner should already be available under:-

menu > Graphics > ScanGear

You'll also notice 2 other "Canon" menu items in the "Grahics" menu
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7, along with a Chromebook, to be found?
Post by: perknh on January 24, 2017, 12:41:40 pm
Thank you, PCNetSpec, I installed the PPA, and, now, for the first time ever, I've been able to print the documents I have on our home computer which is running Peppermint 7.   mrs.perknh and I cannot thank you enough.  :)

And, to all the other participants within this thread.  Thank you also.  emegra, this will be the first and last time I'll ever buy proprietary ink for this printer.  Canon may make one hell of an impressive printer, but the prices for its ink are insane.  :o

Finally to my friends in Union, New Hampshire who are now buried in three feet of snow.  Thank you for the Canon MX340 printer.  It is working like a charm.  ;)


P.S.

mac, I'll now be able to print out some coupons for some Big Macs.  ;D
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7 to be found? [SOLVED]
Post by: PCNetSpec on January 24, 2017, 03:53:56 pm
You're welcome perknh :)

FYI, those same instructions should work for Peppermint 5/6/7 (both 32bit and 64bit).
(at least they will now I've also added the "trusty" packages to the PPA)
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7 to be found? [SOLVED]
Post by: murraymint on February 07, 2017, 10:26:48 am
perknh, what printer were you planning to buy before you were given the Canon?

The only reason I ask is that an Epson all-in-one has just died on us here.
Title: Re: Is the perfect printer for Peppermint 7 to be found? [SOLVED]
Post by: perknh on February 07, 2017, 11:39:20 am
perknh, what printer were you planning to buy before you were given the Canon?

The only reason I ask is that an Epson all-in-one has just died on us here.

Hi murraymint,

Sorry to hear about your Epson printer.  I've now learned firsthand how frustrating searching for a printer can be.  That said, my understanding is that, generally speaking, you can't go wrong purchasing an HP printer --but it will be the printer's drivers that will be the keys to its success when running it with Peppermint.  PCNetSpec, had helped me along with this resource:

https://forum.peppermintos.com/index.php/topic,4976.msg49667.html#msg49667

But, murraymint, before you purchase a printer at a store, or online, pass its model number by PCNetSpec to be on the safer side of things.  He'll tell you whether or not it ought to work with Peppermint. You want it to be able to work with the version of Peppermint you're using, that's for sure.  Keep the purchase price of ink into consideration too.  Ink sure can be expensive.  Plan on having to buy your ink online.  If given the choice between two equally good printers, go with the one that has the less expensive ink.

Best of luck with your printer search.

perknh

P.S.

If you believe as I do in dollar voting, our dollars and pounds probably should be going to HP right now.  They support us so we support them --dollar voting! ;)

P.S.S.

If by chance, however, you come across an old Canon MX340.  I can guarantee that this will work for you.  PCNetSpec set this printer up to work flawlessly like charm, but I've heard that Canon doesn't make these printers any more.   But, if do can find an Canon MX340, grab it --but grab it knowing that the price of ink is going to be high. (My friends told me this as they gave me the printer, but I was still shocked at the price of ink --even after being forewarned.  :o )

I still think that your best bet is to find an HP printer and then pass the model number by PCNetSpec in order to stay on the safe side of things.