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17 December 2011

Canon PIXMA MX860 and Ubuntu 11.10

When I upgraded the laptop to Ubuntu 11.10, the Canon inkjet quit working.  I tried reinstalling the drivers, but it refused (even with --force-architecture).  I tried (for a few hours) building the drivers, but it was just one thing after another.

Eventually, I found this:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:michael-gruz/canon
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cnijfilter-mx860series
sudo apt-get install scangearmp-mx860series

Good news is, it prints again. Bad news, no landscape or double-sided printing.


  1. Yes there is no double-sided printing. I havent used the printer for long time on 11.04, but was that an option in earlier version. IIRC it was ...

  2. Yeah I had double-sided landscape until I upgraded to 11.10. I'm seriously starting to think I might try Mint instead.

  3. Thanks a TON -- I have been wrestling with this for weeks. I appreciate the instructions

  4. Glad it helped.

    My results so far:
    printing works - but sometimes oddly (like portrait and cut off instead of landscape)
    scanner is not recognized (I'm trying to do it over wifi)