Benaiah\’s Computer Experiences

July 27, 2007

Installing a HP LaserJet 1012 on Ubuntu Feisty

Filed under: HP 1012, Linux, Printing, ubuntu — Benaiah @ 4:10 pm

Update:  These instructions also worked in Ubuntu Gutsy (7.10)

The LaserJed 1012 is supported by HP so it is a very easy printer to install.

Download the HP Linux Imaging and Printing System (HPLIP) from here.

Move the file from the download location to your home folder. If you downloaded the file to a directory other than your desktop change the following command accordingly:

mv /home/username/Desktop/ /home/username (where “username” is your usernam)

Run the Self-Extracting Installer:


When prompted choose the automatic installation mode.

At the end of the install you are instructed to restart your computer and run

sudo hp-setup

This didn’t work for me, hp-setup never started so I just used the Ubuntu “Add a Printer”

System >> Administration >> Printing >> New Printer

Follow the steps, choosing the “HP LaserJet 1012” driver.

Your printer should now work!


Installing an Epson Stylus Photo RX500 on Ubuntu Feisty.

Filed under: Epson RX500, Linux, Printing, ubuntu — Benaiah @ 2:00 pm

If you already have GIMP-Print then this printer requires no additional installation! Just plug it in and use the Ubuntu Add a Printer Wizard.

System >> Administration >> Printing >> New Printer

Follow the instructions and be sure to select the driver for the Epson Stylus Photo RX500.

I use XSane for scanning:

Applications >> Graphics >> XSane Image Scanner

If you don’t have GIMP-Print already, it is easy to install.

sudo apt-get install gimp-print

Now go back and follow the instructions at the beginning of this post and you will have a working Epson Stylus Photo RX500 Printer/Scanner!

July 23, 2007

Installing a Canon Pixma MP460 on Ubuntu Feisty

Filed under: Canon MP460, Printing, ubuntu — Benaiah @ 3:39 pm

Here is how I got the Canon Pixma MP460 Printer/Scanner to work on Ubuntu Feisty.

Canon does not have any Linux drivers for the MP460 so we will use the drivers for the MP160 instead.

First, download the following files from here:

For the Printer:



For the Scanner:



Now make sure that you have alien installed (sudo apt-get install alien)

Now use alien to create .dep packages from the .rpm files you just downloaded. I tried to convert and install all in one step using

sudo alien -i –scripts file1.rpm file2.rpm file3.rpm file4.rpm

but this did not work so I had to convert and install them one at a time.

Make sure that you are in the same directory as the file. (Example cd /home/username/Desktop

To convert:

Note: The long dash before “scripts” is actually two small dashes

sudo alien cnijfilter-common-2.80-1.i386.rpm –scripts

sudo alien cnifjilter-mp160-2.70-1.i386.rpm –scripts

sudo alien scangearmp-common-1.00-1.i386.rpm –scripts

sudo alien scangearmp-mp160-1.00-1.i386.rpm –scripts

To install:

sudo dpkg -i cnijfilter-common-2.80-1.i386.deb

sudo dpkg -i cnifjilter-mp160-2.70-1.i386.deb

sudo dpkg -i sudo alien scangearmp-common-1.00-1.i386.deb

sudo dpkg -i scangearmp-mp160-1.00-1.i386.deb

Now install libpng3:

sudo apt-get install libpng3

Next install libtiff3:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/

Restart cups daemon:

sudo /etc/init.d/cupsys restart

Install the printer:

cd /usr/share/cups/model/

sudo lpadmin -p MP160 canonmp160.ppd -v cnij_usb:/dev/usblp0 -E

Install libxml1:

sudo apt-get install libxml1

At this point the printer should be working! Next is to get the scanner to work. I am using XSane Image Scanner. To get this to work we must install the scanner back-end.

First, download the latest version from here.

Uncompress the file with:

tar -xvjf mp150-0.13.1.tar.bz2



sudo make install

If this does not work there is more information in the Installation section of the README.html file included in the download.

Both the printer and scanner on your Canon Pixma MP460 should now work!

July 21, 2007

QTFairUse with iTunes and

Filed under: Audio, iTunes, QTFairUse — Benaiah @ 9:04 am

UPDATE: Apparently the hymn project has stopped provided this software after a C & D letter from Apple.  You can read about what happened here.  There may be other places to find this software online, but you’ll have to do it.

After purchasing a song on the iTunes Music Store with iTunes version I found that the QTFairUse (Download here) DRM stripping software did not work on music purchases with that version of iTunes. The fix for this problem is to download the latest configuration file. (Available here) After downloading and uncompressing the configuration file copy it to the same directory that contains the QTFairUse6.exe file. If prompted that the file already exists, allow it to be replaced.

When trying to process a file after replacing the config file I would recieve an error like this:

Error while dumping; deleting incomplete output file

I found that to fix this problem I had to play a few seconds of the track that I wanted to process. After doing that QTFairUse worked beautifully.

After upgrading to iTunes version QTFairUse worked without having to play the file first.

July 19, 2007

Amarok Problems (Part 2)

Filed under: amarok, Audio, ubuntu, xine — Benaiah @ 9:04 pm

A few weeks ago I wrote about a problem that I was having with Amarok. The player was not able to load the xine audio drivers. Since then I have figured out why this was. I often run Windows in a Virtual Machine (VM) using VMware and so VMware was using the drivers. The fix? Either shut down the VM or disable the audio.

Here is how to disable the sound adapter without shutting down the VM:

From the menu at the top of the screen select VM >> Removable Devices >> Sound Adapter >> Disconnect

You may have to restart Amarok to get it to load the drivers.

See Amarok Problems

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