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Sunday, 21 November 2010

Canon MP258 printer and Ubuntu

Do you have the ubiquitous Canon MP258 printer? Stores here in Malaysia have them packed to the rafters and they are cheap as chips. Cartridges will keep Canon in profit forever though.

So how do you get this to work as there does not seem to be native support for it in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat?

Well, thanks to this Australian Canon Website it is now possible. Why Canon can't publish this in the main site is beyond me but this works so no real big issue.

MP250 series ScanGear MP Ver. 1.60 for Linux (debian Packagearchive)

MP250 series IJ Printer Driver Ver. 3.40 for Linux (debian Packagearchive)

This was a good site for information as well.

Canon Pixma MP258 or any MP250 series Printer and Scanner on Ubuntu , Debian , Fedora and Arch Linux

Resetting the printer when you have a external ink reservoir.
  1. While plugged in to power
  2. Press power button / power switch
  3. Plug cable power with holding power button
  4. Press Reset button one, release power button and press reset button twice until control panel show “O”.
  5. Press “+” buttom, display changing from 0 to 1
  6. Press Power Button again , Printer will be print 1 page
  7. Open printer cover
  8. Unplug power
  9. Take out cartridge 810 and 811
  10. Plug power
  11. Press power switch
  12. Open scan cover
  13. Insert cartridge 810, 811
  1. Turn off the printer (press the on / off)
  2. press the stop / reset, do not removable
  3. press the power button until the led indicator lights (not released).
  4. off button stop / reset, press the stop button again reset 2 times.
  5. off the power button on / off
  6. wait until the main LED (not led indicator) designate the number 0 on the PANEL PRINTER
  7. >>>> This PART IS IMPORTANT:
  8. press the stop / reset 4 times,
  9. press the power button 1 time (paper roller rotates, led indicator flashes)
  10. Wait until the LED stops blinking and the printer stand-by (not there is a direct response to the stage aja no 10)
  11. press and led power on / off button to turn off the printer ..
  12. turn it on again ...

You can also just hold the Stop / Reset button for 30 Seconds.

If your printer show P07 error it means that your ink absorber inside the printer is almost full. In order to solve this you need to clear or reset the counter protection of your printer. To do this, follow this steps.

First make sure that the power cable and usb cable are connected, before you perform the reset procedure. And download the resetter at the bottom of this post.

FIRST STEPS:  Entering Service Mode
You have to enter in service mode in order to used the resetter. To do that follow this procedure,

1. Turn off the printer without pulling the power cords.
2. Hold down STOP/RESET button and press Power button.
3. Keep holding down Power button and let STOP/RESET button go.
4. Then Press STOP/RESET button twice then let BOTH buttons go.
5. You will notice that the Alternate Blinking error is gone, this means that the printer is in Service Mode state.

SECOND STEPS: Using the Resetter

1. After you download the resetter, extract it and double click "servicetool.exe"
2. Click Reload Button and you will get a new USB port.
3. Load some papers in your printer and press the "Main" Button once, wait until the printing is done.
4. Then press "EEPROM Clear" button to clear EEPROM.
5. Then press EEPROM button and the printer will print some text.
5. Then power off the printer(sometimes you have to press twice the power button to turn off) and turn on again. and its done!

Canon PiXMA MP250 & MP270 Error code

An Error Code Is Displayed on the LED

 Error Code Cause Action
 E, 0, 2The machine is out of
paper. / Paper does not
 Reload the paper on the Rear Tray correctly
and press the Black or Color button.
 E, 0, 3E, 0, 3 Paper Output Tray is
closed./Paper jam.
 If the Paper Output Tray is closed, open it. The machine resumes printing. If opening the Paper Output Tray does not
resolve the problem, or if the tray was open to begin with, the paper may be jammed. Remove the jammed paper, reload paper properly in the
printer, then press the Black or Color button.
 E, 0, 4
 E, 0, 5
The FINE Cartridge cannot
be recognized.
 The FINE Cartridge may not be installed
properly, or the Cartridge may not be
compatible with this machine.
Open the Scanning Unit (Cover) and install the appropriate FINE Cartridge.
If the error is not resolved, contact the service center.
 E, 0, 7 FINE Cartridge is not installed in the correct position. Make sure that each FINE Cartridge is installed in the correct position.
 E, 0, 8 Ink absorber is almost full. Press the machine's Black or Color button to continue printing. Contact the service center.
 E, 0, 9
(MP270 series
 The machine has not
received a response from
the digital camera. The
digital camera or digital
video camcorder connected
is not compatible with this
  • Check the device connected to the
    machine. Printing photos directly is
    possible only with a PictBridge compliant
  • A communication time out occurs if an operation takes too long or if it takes too much time to send data. This may cancel printing. In such cases, disconnect and reconnect the USB cable. When printing from a PictBridge compliant device, depending on the model or brand of your device, you may have to select a
    PictBridge compliant print mode on the
    Page An Error Code Is Displayed on the LED 572 of 678 pages device before connecting it to the machine.
    You may also have to turn on your device or select Play mode manually after connecting the device to the machine. Perform necessary operations before connecting your device referring to its instruction manual.
    If the error is still not resolved, check if you can print another photograph.
 E, 1, 3 Ink level cannot be
 Ink may have run out.
The function for detecting the remaining ink level will be disabled since the ink level cannot be correctly detected.
If you want to continue printing without this function, press the machine's Stop (Reset) button for at least 5 seconds.
Canon recommends to use new genuine
Canon cartridges in order to obtain optimum qualities.
Please be advised that Canon shall not be
liable for any malfunction or trouble caused by continuation of printing under the ink out condition.
 E, 1, 4 The FINE Cartridge cannot
be recognized.
The FINE Cartridge may not be compatible with this machine.
Install the appropriate FINE Cartridge.
 E, 1, 5 The FINE Cartridge cannot
be recognized.
The FINE Cartridge may not be installed
Open the Scanning Unit (Cover) and install the FINE Cartridge properly.
 E, 1, 6 Ink has run out. Ink has run out.
Replace the ink cartridge and close the
Scanning Unit (Cover). If printing is in progress and you want to continue printing, press the machine's Stop (
Reset) button for at least 5 seconds with the ink cartridge installed. Then printing can continue under the ink out condition.
The function for detecting the remaining ink level will be disabled.
Replace the empty ink cartridge immediately after the printing. The resulting print quality is not satisfactory, if printing is continued under the ink out condition.
 E, 1, 9
(MP270 series only)
 PictBridge compliant device is connected via a USB hub. If a PictBridge compliant device is connected via a USB hub, remove the hub and connect it directly to the machine.
 E, 3, 0 The size of the original cannot be correctly
detected or the document is too small when the Fit-to-Page copying is selected.
  •  Make sure that the original meets the
    requirements and is correctly loaded on the Platen Glass.
  • Check the position and direction of the
    original loaded on the Platen Glass.
 E, 3, 1 The machine is not connected with the computer. Connect the machine and the computer with a USB cable.
 E, 5, 0 Scanning the print head alignment sheet has failed.
 Press the Stop/Reset button to dismiss the error, then take the actions described below.
-Make sure that the print head alignment sheet is set in the correct position and orientation on the Platen Glass.
-Make sure the Platen Glass and the print head alignment sheet are not dirty.
-Make sure the type and size of loaded paper is suitable for Automatic Print Head Alignment.
For Automatic Print Head Alignment, always load one sheet of A4 or letter-sized plain
-Make sure if Print Head nozzles are
Print the nozzle check pattern to check the status of the Print Head.

If the error is not resolved, connect the machine
to the computer and align the Print Head on the printer driver.


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