HOWTO: Get Canon MP210 multifunction printer/scanner working on Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu/gOS

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Darth Chaos

Feb 27, 2008, 6:01:38 AM2/27/08
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1. Make sure you have all necessary compiling tools, so execute the
following command in the terminal:

sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-dev libxml2-dev gettext libnss-dev
libnspr-dev libgtkspell

(NOTE : If any of these are not available, then remove them from the
above command. Make sure you have the Ubuntu repositories enabled and

2. Download the MP210 printer and scanner drivers from
(NOTE: Debian packages are already installed, so download those.)

3. Once you have them downloaded, execute this command in the

sudo dpkg -i scan*.deb cnij*.deb

4. sudo apt-get install libpng3

5. sudo ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/

6. sudo /etc/init.d/cupsys restart

7. cd /usr/share/cups/model/

8. sudo lpadmin -p MP210 -P canonmp210.ppd -v cnij_usb:/dev/usblp0 -E

9. sudo apt-get install libxml1

The printer should now be working.

To install the scanner:

1. Download the latest libsane-pixma from

2. tar -xvjf mp150-0.14.2u.tar.bz2
(You can alternately right-click on the tarball and choose Extract

3. cd mp150-0.14.2u

4. make

5. sudo make install

6. sudo mv /usr/lib/sane/ /usr/lib/sane/libsane-

7. sudo cp /usr/lib/sane/

8. sudo gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/45-libsane.rules (NOTE: If you are
running Xubuntu, then substitute gedit with mousepad. If you are
running gOS, substitute gedit with leafpad.)

9. Add the following line:

# Canon PIXMA MP210
SYSFS{idVendor}=="04a9", SYSFS{idProduct}=="1721", MODE="664",

10. Save.

11. Install Xsame by executing sudo apt-get install xsane

12. Open Xsane and if asked, choose the MP210 as the scanner.
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