Drivers for Canon MX series of multifunction printers
Hello, I'm just trying out PC-BSD and so far I like it. I'm not a techie (although I probably know a little more about computers than the average home user), so I don't know how to write code, compile anything, command-line anything, whatever. I'm just looking for a solid alternative to Windows that is more stable but doesn't force me into small amounts of hardware power for big $$$ (i.e., Apple Macintosh).
Getting to the point - When I was trying to install my Canon PIXMA MX700 multifunction printer last night after installing PC-BSD, I did not see it or any MX series Canon printers listed. Are there any plans to make a PBI for the MX series for PC-BSD/FreeBSD?
Also, again since I'm not a techie (but I'm picking up on a few little things here and there), I'm a little lost in the area of installing a printer on a network with PC-BSD, even with the GUI. Here's my situation: I have a NETGEAR WGR-614 wireless router. The computer I installed PC-BSD on, though, is hard-wired with Ethernet, as is my printer in question. How would I go about, in a strictly graphical way (no command line), add this printer? Do I choose Network Printer, then Internet Connected Printer (I forgot exactly what it said)? What do I put for "host"? Is that the same as the IP address for the printer? If so, how do I get the computer to talk to the printer every time if that IP is assigned by DHCP? Do I have to make that a static IP, and if so, how? Then what do I put in for directory right below that? And getting back to the first issue, what driver do I choose from the list if MX700 is not there? Is there a similar driver that works just as well?
On a completely side issue, just in trying out PC-BSD, the first night my VLC player crashed twice. What's up with this? I thought FreeBSD and Unix in general was pretty much "crashproof". Oh well, at least when it crashed it only gave an error message with an OK and that was it; I was able to get out of it immediately. Not like Windows, where I can oftentimes click "End Now" over and over until many of those windows pop up and nothing will work unless I physically turn off the computer or, sometimes, have to hit the button on the power strip! I want no more of that crap in my computing life!!
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