I am trying to get Canon MP250 printer and scanner working in OpenSUSE 11.3 and so far I’ve had limited success. Both components work up to a point, but aren’t fully operational.
First of all, I installed the drivers from Canon website for both parts of the multifunctional device. Here’s the report on the versions (it’s localised, but it shouldn’t be hard to understand ).
The printer works for the most part. But it fails to set images to greyscale when I request the driver to. There are some guides about that for Ubuntu, but none for openSUSE that I could find. Also, what does the setting “Amount of Extension” in the printer options do?
It would also be nice if I could set the printing quality as well. Right now it seems to print everything with the default quality setting, but personally I like using lower print quality since that saves ink and makes it a little faster.
The scanner, however, is hardly usable at all. If I try to use Canon’s ScanGear MP to scan, I can hear that it operates the scanner, but the program itself freezes and after a while gives me the “Cannot communicate with scanner” error. On certain settings I can also hear that the scanner itself doesn’t complete the scan (the indicator on it also reports an operation in progress, but it never gets completed).
If I try to use Acquire images, the native KDE scanner application, I can get it to scan, but only on very specific settings: it must scan it in colour and the resolution must be equal to or over 300 dpi. If I try anything else, the resulting image file is completely blank or I get an “Error during device I/O”. And, of course, it can’t save PDF files.
Any suggestions about this would be appreciated.