Installing the Linux driver
Canon had published a
cnijfilter-mg2500series Debian/Ubuntu driver at some point, but since the printer is really old, it can be difficult to find.
Randomly found source, not tested: https://asia.canon/en/support/0100550201.
If it only prints in monochrome
system-config-printer(part of Gnome or OpenPrinting? and somehow not accessible from the Gnome interface?) - the standard Gnome settings do not seem to have the options we are looking for.
- Click the “Unblock” button, otherwise menus are greyed out.
- Right-click on the printer icon and click “Properties”
- On the left panel, click “Job Options”
- Finally, scroll down to “Other Options (Advanced)” and look if there is an option called “print-color-mode”. If set to monochrome, change it to “color”.
Other ways to validate this, is to type
lpoptions in a terminal:
When the settings are changed, it should display
Install the “ink” program:
ink -p usb, ex:
Apparently this should be visible in the
system-config-printer program, but it does not work for me.
- Warning light blinks yellow twice when there is no paper in the paper tray.
- Yellow LED turns on next to “black” or “color” when that cartrige is almost empty.
Author Mathieu Lu