[sane-devel] Canon PIXMA MP130

Johnny Rosenberg gurus.knugum at gmail.com
Tue Dec 18 21:36:39 UTC 2007

2007/12/18, James Crow <james at ultratans.com>:
> You might want to check the list archives for Canon PIXMA driver
> support. I have the MP160 and it is supported. There is driver that
> works in CVS. It may also include support for your printer.
> Start here: http://home.arcor.de/wittawat/pixma/
> Thanks,
> James

There's exactly where I looked. Here's a quote from that site:
" Unknown protocol: These devices don't work with this backend and there is
no easy way to add supports because they use a different command set which
has to be analyzed first. Co-programmers are welcome! :-) I personally
cannot do this because I don't have the devices. MP110 4A9:1700 1200 N N - N
unsupported  MP130 4A9:1701 1200 N N - N unsupported"

I saw that someone wrote here about the MP110. Maybe the MP130 can use the
same driver?

Anyway, the site I referred to when I first wrote, suggested that someone
could write a backend to this and other unsupported drivers and it also said
that it is not a very hard thing to do for people who know a little C, for
example. Well, since I have studied C a long time ago, I thought that maybe
this isn't very impossible after all, but I guess I will need some help to
get me started. I don't know where to begin, kind of. I don't even know
exactly how a driver in general works... I need some basic knowledge to get
started, and I just thought that someone here could give me some kind of
clue where to start or some links that explain things...

What do I need (except a C compiler and the scanner)?
Can the fact that I also have Windows XP with a working driver be of any
help? Is there some kind of software for Windows that can give me any clues
about how the MP130 works?

Yes, I can do some C programming, but I need to know what I need to do...
otherwise it's kind of being told to create a schoilkus program in C without
also being told what a schoilkus program is (in this case nothing since I
just made it up...).

Johnny Rosenberg

On Tue, 2007-12-18 at 19:30 +0100, Johnny Rosenberg wrote:
> > 2007/12/10, Epostlistor <gurus.knugum at gmail.com>:
> >         I visited http://www.sane-project.org/contrib.html and readed
> >         about
> >         contributing to the project - Writing a Backend (Driver).
> >
> >         The page said that "You don't need to be an experienced
> >         programmer.
> >         Backends are usually written in C, so some basic knowledge of
> >         this
> >         language helps. You need a lot of patience, however,
> >         especially if you
> >         can't get programmer's documentation from your scanner's
> >         manufacturer."
> >
> >         I learned C many years ago and I still think I remember most
> >         of it, but I
> >         am not programming very much these days. I am writing here
> >         because I think
> >         I need all the help I can get. Maybe someone is already doing
> >         this, then I
> >         might be able to contribute in some way. If not, it feels like
> >         there are a
> >         lot of things I need to know. Maybe there are similar backend
> >         drivers out
> >         there that I can get inspiration from and learn how to write
> >         things like
> >         that.
> >
> >         I have the Canon PIXMA MP130 and my operating system is
> >         GNU/Linux Ubuntu
> >         Studio 7.10. I also have a small partition with Windows XP, so
> >         I can use
> >         the scanner that way, but of course I want to use it with
> >         Ubuntu. At the
> >         moment I can only use the printing function with Ubuntu, but I
> >         needed to
> >         install additional software before that was possible.
> >
> >         Is there some kind of software for Windows that can "scan"
> >         what's sent and
> >         received to/from the MP130 while scanning etc? I guess that
> >         would help
> >         somewhat.
> >
> >         My idea is to write a very basic driver just to make it
> >         possible to scan
> >         with no fancy features (which are pretty useless anyway in
> >         most cases).
> >         Some things, like basic image editing, is better done with
> >         dedicated
> >         software, such as GIMP, I guess.
> >
> >         So, any comments to this? Will this task be too tough for
> >         someone like
> >         me..?
> >
> >         Johnny Rosenberg
> >
> >
> > Okay, seems like nobody's interested in this, so I guess I'll just
> > skip the idea and buy another skanner instead. Besides, I guess that I
> > would have failed doing this anyway.
> >
> > Johnny Rosenberg
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