installing print drivers

D T drden2000 at
Tue Sep 4 04:22:27 UTC 2007

My XP never crashed at all.  it ran good but... I just got tired of having to re-install it every year or 2 because of a virus or something weird happening.  Plus I got tired of MS "have to upgrade mindset. Oh ok? now we are no longer supporting XP so now upgrade and pay another $200.00."  That stinks.  I think the "prove it's a copy you paid for" attitude is crap too.  I mean do I really have to prove it to them 3 times.  Next they are going to require a DNA sample with it.

Regardless of all those things.  I still cannot print.  I've downloaded several things to try to make it print and they are just sitting on the desktop.  I did get instructions about how to do it but It's like 10 different steps that make no sense to me.  I mean Gee I just want to install a printer so my computer can print.  That is about as basic and simple as it gets.  I mean this is like getting gas in your car simple.  EXCEPT with Linux it's first go find some gas somewhere... Then hire a special truck to go get it... then change trucks to one that can put it in the gas tank at the station... Find a pump somewhere, hook it up... Then get a special valve to fit my car, then get someone else to pump it that has a "pumper license open source!" not the "open source pumper license" or the "open source license pumper" 

I'm glad you are happy with it.  You were forced to go it because of your lock-ups, and they were worse than learning a new OS to you.  For me it is worse trying to learn all the special little open source names that make no sense, so many choices that none make sense than to pay $200.00 every 1 to 2 years and re-installing MS because of virus or whatever?... killed my Windows. At least I can install it, make my printers work, do all the basic stuff pretty good.  

Thanks for the help and good luck!  I think I am done with Linux for another 2 years or so.  Slap that cake back in the oven cause it's not done yet.

> From: werepenguin at
> To: kubuntu-users at
> Subject: Re: installing print drivers
> Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2007 19:18:16 +0100
> On Monday 03 September 2007 05:51:13 D T wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I'm new to Linux but I know MS windows very well.  I have tried to go to
> > Linux at least 5 times in the last 10 years.  It seems that I am cursed for
> > not being able to do anything in Linux.  I've tried to install my printer,
> > a Canon pixma IP3000 and failed. So then I tried my Nieces Dell 1110 Laser
> > and failed again.  Then I went to the old shed to pull out the Brother MFC
> > 3820-CN that my Brother-in-law kept stored, failed again.  I cannot
> > remember all the new terms with Linux so I need to print out the sheets I
> > find in Google.  So can anyone tell me a simple way to get a printer
> > installed on Kububtu?  I have a
> > file:///home/dt/Desktop/iP4200_Linux_260.tar.gz Canon japan driver
> > IP4200??? that some say will work but I cant get it to install.  I can see
> > it with the program that works like (Win-Rar, Win-Zip) but it wont install,
> > It's actually the extension .RPM  (fedora Package)?  Then I found out I
> > need to open it with a package installer but I dont have the one that
> > Ubuntu guide has (the one under "system settings" -> "administration").
> >
> > I find it so hard to use this stuff the way it is.  Do I really have to
> > find a Japanese driver then open it to view it, then get a separate package
> > installer to install it?  Will it go in then?  Or is there more to do than
> > this?  There has got to be one installer that does them all? right? Is
> > there really no drivers (in America?) for a Canon IP 3000, a Dell 1110 and
> > a Brother 3820CN?  These are all very common printers are they not? Canon
> > has a driver for some of the printer but not mine and the are .tz
> > extension.  I'm so frustrated, I hate MS with passion but ... 3 days and
> > all I have is only the stuff that came on the original cd I downloaded and
> > burned.  I even went back to my 4 year old computer (it ran the "live cd's)
> > because I couldn't install most of the stuff (drivers) on a new system it
> > would just lock up.  My 18 month old $2000.00 Dell 9400 ATI x1400, 17"
> > ultra bright LCD, 2.0 gig dual core intel cpu, 2 gig ram, 100 gig 7200 rpm
> > hd. wont even come up with the "live" CD (Ubuntu, Kubuntu, fedora,
> > Dream-linux, Kororag, Puppy-linux, freespire, suse10.2.  Well at least this
> > time I can get on the internet, first time that has happened so I must be
> > getting better, trying to stay positive, I would love to leave MS.  Any
> > help will be appreciated.  If not?  I'll wait another 2 years and try it
> > again.
> >
> > Thank-you!
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> Unfortunately, Hewlett Packard seem to be the only printer manufacturer to 
> take Linux seriously - most if not all distros, including Ubuntu and Kubuntu 
> come with the HPLIP toolkit which is usually quicker and easier to use than 
> fiddling around with the Windows driver CD for the same models. I have a PSC 
> 2115 and a Photosmart 320 connected to my machine and they've never given me 
> any trouble. 
> I also have a Canon Pixma i4200 which I couldn't find any useful drivers for 
> until I discovered Turboprint for Linux. While I firmly believe in open 
> source software, I'm prepared to sacrifice my principles when necessary, as 
> long as it's not too expensive. You can get a commercial driver for the 
> IP3000 at  - there is a deb package 
> available for Debian/Ubuntu, and the installation instructions are clearly 
> explained on the website. You can download a free trial version (which will 
> print an irritating banner at random across whatever you print), but this 
> will (a) show you that it's really not that difficult to install a printer 
> driver, and (b) can be converted to the full version by paying 29.95 euros 
> (about 38 USD) for the keyfile. I'm afraid I can't help with the Dell or the 
> Brother, have you tried googling?
> BTW you won't have the installer mentioned in the Ubuntu guide as this Ubuntu 
> uses the Gnome desktop. The installer in Kubuntu is Adept. You can install a 
> tar.gz file with the console on either version. You CAN'T install a package 
> ending in .rpm straight onto Ubuntu or Kubuntu as rpm packages are actually 
> designed for use with Fedora, Suse Linux, and their derivatives. However, you 
> can convert rpm packages  to deb packages (and vice versa) using a command 
> line program called alien. But that's another story
> Don't give up. I was driven insane by Windows 98, which crashed so often I was 
> in danger of losing customers (I was a freelance translator at the time), and 
> switched to Suse Linux in 2001, even though I didn't know much about 
> computers. Since then I've learnt a lot, although I'm no expert. I use 
> Kubuntu because I like KDE, and because for some reason I can't fathom, 
> Kubuntu runs much better than either Fedora or SuSe Linux on my main 64-bit 
> PC (a very old Dell and even older HP are running the latest 32-bit versions 
> of Kubuntu and Suse respectively quite happily). 
> Win XP stinks - I have to use it at work, and it crashes at least twice a 
> day...
> Rod
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