Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

What can I do if there is no driver for the Canon MP530? I tried the driver for the MP520 but the printed page is messed up. Any ideas?

Edit: I run Ubuntu 9.04

share|improve this question
up vote 4 down vote accepted

See this OpenPrinting entry.

share|improve this answer
Essentially it says "use the Pixma MP500 driver; works mostly; can't print CDs in Linux". There's instructions and a forum for help with Canon printers in Linux. – quack quixote Oct 4 '09 at 19:17
Seems to work for me. I installed "Canon PIXMA MP500 - CUPS+Gutenprint v5.2.3" – Lucas Oct 4 '09 at 19:22
The printer no longer belong to openprinting database. @quack quixote quote was a life saver. – lenzai Jan 20 '12 at 14:20

Ok. I guess someone wants simple answers. Does the CUPS+Gutenprint driver work for the mp530?

  1. NO. It has many problems. The mp520 driver doesn't work at all with the mp530.
  2. The mp500 driver works for text but has problems with photos. Indeed it still uses the wrong black ink for photos (it uses mat ink intended for text instead of the gloss black ink tank intended to blend with the color inks). That causes a lot of quality problems.
  3. The cups driver does not use variable dot size so photos are not nearly as smooth as the Windows Canon drivers. CUPS+Gutenprint works OK for plain paper but for glossy or high quality paper it's an unacceptable hit for now.
  4. The MP500 driver is a compromise that can at least get you going. It's not a working solution for the mp530 yet but at least you can print.

I installed turboprint. It's available as a 30 day demo. Not only does that driver take advantage of everything the printer can do but it results in nearly perfect photo prints. It is indeed better than the Windows Canon driver. The calibration was dead on. And there were no issues with usability.

I love the way it does things. It gives me control over all printer aspects including

  1. Two sided printing,
  2. Calibration (well done full control but "out of the box" calibration is near perfect)
  3. Position of the photo on a page can be easily and precisely set
  4. Actual print resolution (up to 9600 dpi) and thats independent of image resolution (includes dither and color producing patterns).
  5. You can see fine detail (like hair) at 2400 dpi print resolution (600 dpi photo). You can't see that much detail with the Canon driver.
  6. The prints have a smooth, film like, quality with no sign of dither even viewed at 10x.

I conclude that even if the CUPS+Gutenprint driver worked then turboprint would still be a good investment if you need the finest results. It allows anyone the ability to get spectacular results without hassle and is certainly a must for professional results.

My only complaint is the cost. It's almost $40. But then, they have a really good product that adds great value to Linux (or Windows). In fact with that driver and the latest upgrades to Ubuntu there is almost no need for me to ever use my Windows 7 boot partition.

I can strongly recommend turboprint. I doubt anyone will be sorry if they download the 30 day trial. It still works after 30 days but adds a logo I think. I have nothing to do with Canon or turboprint companies. I am just providing what I consider valuable information from my experience.

share|improve this answer

TurboPrint is apparently a commercial solution for your printer, costing EUR 29.95 (approx. US$ 38.94).

But better first get in contact with their Sales to verify whether this will work for you.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.