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4 out of 5 eggs Canon LBP6230dw Linux printer driver now available online; Windows driver on CD. 03/27/2016

This review is from: Canon imageCLASS LBP6230dw Up to 16 ppm Monochrome Wireless 802.11b/g/n Laser Printer

Pros: Works well with Windows, USB cable included in box. Linux driver finally available online.

Cons: (1) Their USA Support did not have accurate information about drivers.
(2) Linux driver took weeks to obtain; installation may be difficult for newcomers as it is long, slow, and complicated.
(3) Poor printed "Getting Started" guide, is very short and more than a bit vague.
(4) The long manual on the Windows driver CD has to be installed in that OS and is a bit clumsy to page through; the downloadable PDF user guide is easier to use.

Other Thoughts: I bought this because it was said to be Linux compatible, but when I first checked the Canon-USA site for the driver it was crossed out, no download available. Support was contacted and they replied:
"Currently, Canon has decided to support only the Microsoft Windows and the Macintosh operating systems."
I almost boxed it up for return, but later searches finally turned up recently made compressed tar.gz Linux driver files (Linux_UFRIILT_PrinterDriver_V120) on the Canon-UK and South Asia sites, then on the US site. Canon must have listened to complaints about the lack of Linux support.

Using this driver is necessary because the "Add Printer" functions in popular Linux distributions do not yet include the LBP6230dw. The problem for newcomers is that installation is not with a simple GUI, but rather by manually typing many commands in the Terminal and staying connected to the Internet while more downloads are brought in. There are instructions in the driver file, but they were written for users already familiar with the Linux Terminal and its somewhat obscure commands, so newbies must research how to use it, get root access, mark script files as executable & find the command for running them, how to work as superuser and use the common commands for moving around and searching in directories.
There are also instructions for doing a manual install, but that is much more complicated.
Very educational for those who have the patience.


1 out of 5 eggs No Linux compatibility, Canon dropped support of Linux printer drivers. 03/21/2016


Pros: At least a USB cable is included in the box, and a CD with Windows & some Mac drivers.

Cons: In addition to the lack of Linux support, the included user manual is quite poor, consisting of a few pages with vague comic book-style illustrations without written words except a few for the controls and a suggestion that the Mac drivers on the CD might not work for all versions of that OS. They must have a really low opinion of the intelligence level of buyers.

Other Thoughts: I bought this printer primarily for use with a Linux PC, relying on Canon's advertising which said that it was compatible with Windows AND Linux, among others, but the CD does not contain a Linux driver and when I went online to Canon's support page I found that the line for the Linux driver download had been crossed out and the download button was dead. Next, I contacted Canon Support to ask for the driver and was told, quote:
"Currently, Canon has decided to support only the Microsoft Windows and the Macintosh operating systems."

In other words, false advertising and it's your tough luck.

Online searches indicate that no one has yet found a 3rd party Linux printer driver that works consistently with this machine. Mostly what I found were many complaints about getting Canon products to work with Linux. I'd return this printer for a refund but the cost of return shipping these days is a large chunk of what the original total cost was.

1m 3ft USB 3.0 Type A Male to Micro B Male Extension Cable Cord Adapter
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5 out of 5 eggs Five Star 3ft USB 3.0 cable Type-A to Micro-B 09/25/2015

This review is from: 1m 3ft USB 3.0 Type A Male to Micro B Male Extension Cable Cord Adapter

Pros: Looks good, fits tight, works OK.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Shipping was pretty fast considering the distance.


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Date Joined: 07/25/05

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