Once again, I am quite pleased with, impressed by, and grateful for all the effort that goes into providing me and only me with an elegant, functional, nimble OS.
They let me run my personal netbook at work -- I surf without any constraints. The office printer is a Canon MP190. I couldn't get one of my stories to print. In fact, in PCC>Hardware, under Configure Printers and Scanners, I only had an icon for Configure Scanner.
Simple forum search -- I needed printerdrake and task-multimedia. (Not sure why I need multimedia, but others are wiser and more experienced.) Next PCC call, there's an icon for printers I can configure. Looking good, progress made. Printerdrake correctly identified the office USB printer as a Canon MP190. Then it said "but the model number is unknown. Select a comparable model, using the manual."
I see. No manual available (reason irrelevant). The default suggestion was a RAW (no driver.) Wise wizards usually provide safely acceptable defaults. I click on through and fire up the story for printing. I'm able to select Printer P, the Canon MP190. Great. Beautiful. My story enters the queue. Couple minutes later, it says "1 Page" and "Complete." The story is seven pages, and nothing has completed.
Back to PCC, configure Printer P. Under the Def column, is an X. Under Desc, Canon MP190, under Model Number, Unknown.
I give up, where's the answer? (friendly smile) "Unknown model" and "unknown printer" forum searches are apparently too broad.
EDIT -- in printerdrake under Canon, there are no MP models listed at all. That's why I went with the RAW (no driver) default selection.
As my sig says, I'm running Gnome2010 on an Acer Aspire One Netbook.