[Solved] Canon PIXMA 5550 - scan/forward to PC

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[Solved] Canon PIXMA 5550 - scan/forward to PC

Postby user2635 » 2017-08-23 17:38

From the default installation of Debian, it recognises the printer fine so I can do my print. The scanning also works if I manually scan from the PC.

The one which I can't figure out is the Scan>Forward to PC option (from the operation panel on the scanner). When I check the Printer for connected WiFi devices it's not able to detect my Debian machine. When I log into Windows,it finds the machine straight away so I'm able scan and successfully operate from the scanner. Has anyone has success?

Extra Info:
Acer aspire 5750g
Debian 9 64bit

Related Link:https://www.canon.co.uk/support/consumer_products/products/fax__multifunctionals/inkjet/pixma_mg_series/pixma_mg5550.aspx?type=drivers&language=&os=Linux%20(64-bit). Also tried to install the driver but it fails to detect the printer on the network? Strange as it was able to install the printer by default on debian so I assume it can detect something.
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Re: Canon PIXMA 5550 - scan/forward to PC

Postby Theuthr » 2017-08-26 11:50

The Canon Scangear driver for Linux does not support "Scan>Forward to PC option from the operation panel" so sadly it will never work.

It is best to create a desktop icon and run scan to PC from there. Even the very latest TS5050 will not scan to PC by using the printer front panel controls.

There is a nice gnome 48x48 device icon for a scanner, which is often found in many DT versions.

If you want to scan/print to or from Android to the printer use the Canon Selphy app. Hope this helps.

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Re: Canon PIXMA 5550 - scan/forward to PC

Postby user2635 » 2017-08-26 14:10

Wow Theuthr, I honestly did not realise someone had the same problem as me so I posted and prayed for a response!

that's a shame that we can't scan to pc from there, I guess I will have to do a desktop icon or something then!
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Re: [Solved] Canon PIXMA 5550 - scan/forward to PC

Postby Theuthr » 2017-08-26 23:29

If you don't do a desktop icon you will end up running scangear from a terminal, works but unnecessary.

If you are not sure about creating the icon, there is a long how-to by some guy at;-

https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic. ... 250cccb226

Mint is really Debian underneath. :D
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Re: [Solved] Canon PIXMA 5550 - scan/forward to PC

Postby user2635 » 2017-08-27 15:21

Theuthr wrote:If you don't do a desktop icon you will end up running scangear from a terminal, works but unnecessary.

If you are not sure about creating the icon, there is a long how-to by some guy at;-

https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic. ... 250cccb226

Mint is really Debian underneath. :D


Got it, thanks for the extra tip!
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