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CanoScan n650u drivers (unofficially) available System
I was doing some hardcore Web surfing for a CanoScan driver for my n650u scanner. I had been doing this about every week for the past few months (ever since I got a PowerMac, in fact). Here it is. Of all places, the Asia site of the Canon support page. Hope this helps out a bunch of folks out there about to sell their N650U!

[Editor's note: While we don't normally run software-availability announcements, I know there are a number of Canon users who have been looking for these drivers for quite a while...]
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whoops.
Authored by: foon on Dec 09, '02 09:25:16AM

Link appears to be broken. Repost, please? I have a vested interest in this article =)



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whoops.
Authored by: imageworx on Dec 09, '02 09:36:13AM

http://www.canon-asia.com/downloads/driver_canoScan.html

I found this link. Again, its Asia so i don't know about driver compatibility with USA models driver.



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Broken link
Authored by: Felix on Dec 09, '02 09:39:20AM

Broken link??

\"Sorry, the file you are looking for cannot be found or has been moved.\"



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Bad link fixed ... sorry about that!
Authored by: robg on Dec 09, '02 09:42:07AM

The dangers of early-morning site updates!

-rob.



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Here's the USA link
Authored by: nihilist on Dec 09, '02 10:27:38AM

Try

http://www.usa.canon.com/html/conCprSupport.jsp?type=osx&sname=scanners&section=10200

I downloaded this last friday and its been flawless in light duty.

Best Wishes
Ric



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Here's the USA link
Authored by: abbydog3 on Dec 09, '02 11:21:20AM

I have been using the support in vuescan from www.hamrick.com with my 650u. The program is excellent and provides excellent scans.



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Here's the USA link
Authored by: megasad on Dec 09, '02 11:52:33AM

Up until half an hour ago, I would have agreed with you. However, using Canon's official-unofficial driver, I scanned the same image using both VueScan and the Photoshop plugin, and there was no comparison; Canon's own driver produced a far superior scan. It's interface is dire (exactly the same as it was in OS9), and for those who don't have Photoshop it's useless, but for myself I shall never need VueScan ever again. And that's how it should be.



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Here's the USA link
Authored by: pickerin on Dec 09, '02 01:04:03PM

Unbelievable...

The USA link now shows "Available December 15th" for a simple driver for the 1220U. However, the link at the top of this article has native OSX drivers listed for the 1220U.

I've already bought VueScan. Works awesome, does a nice job, and I don't have to deal with Canon's very, very, broken driver implementation.

-Rob



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What about the n1220u?!?!
Authored by: jiclark on Dec 09, '02 11:33:05AM

Man, Canon is about to lose another customer if they can't get the damn driver done soon. Their website has listed October, November and now....?

<sigh>



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What about the n1220u?!?!
Authored by: mrgerbek on Dec 09, '02 02:26:35PM

no kidding. I'm somewhat skepitcal about the December 15th date. I've been waiting for 2 years now for my 656 driver. I got the VueScan driver to work, but it printed "DEMO" or something on everything.



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Many thanks!
Authored by: Son of Pismo on Dec 09, '02 01:10:51PM

Great, I've been waiting for this since the intro of X! Just downloaded the file for my 1220, which resembles the 650 internally and uses the same driver. Works great! Thanks!

Note that Canon USA has slated this file for appearance on the 15th of December.

http://consumer.usa.canon.com/html/conCprSupport.jsp?type=osx&sname=scanners&section=10145



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Cannot get OmniPage Pro X to see the "plug-in"
Authored by: rtstrong on Dec 10, '02 02:38:00PM

I have downloaded the "driver" CanonPI_CSU_v3.8.0X.sit, but I cannot get OmniPage Pro X to recognize the "plug-in". Did you get it to work with your N1220U? What applications are you using in Mac OS X (10.2.2)?

Any help is greatly appreciated. I bought OmniPage Pro X and have not been able to use it because it cannot see the Canon N1220U scanner.



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Cannot get OmniPage Pro X to see the "plug-in"
Authored by: rtstrong on Dec 10, '02 02:38:55PM

I have downloaded the "driver" CanonPI_CSU_v3.8.0X.sit, but I cannot get OmniPage Pro X to recognize the "plug-in". Did you get it to work with your N1220U? What applications are you using in Mac OS X (10.2.2)?

Any help is greatly appreciated. I bought OmniPage Pro X and have not been able to use it because it cannot see the Canon N1220U scanner.



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VueScan drivers
Authored by: morrison on Dec 09, '02 03:38:35PM
I'm thrilled to hear that there are OS X native drivers for the 650u scanners finally! My hopes were elevated (and later let down) when I saw that Canon came out with OS X native drivers for the 676u. The plugin specifically looked for just two or three model types (kernel log reported) before failing. They are so similar that the driver would probably work "good enough" just by changing the USB product id it searchs for.. Anyways, what I wanted to mention is the software that I have been using in the meantime: VueScan. It's scanning software from Hamrick that recognizes a wide range of USB, SCSI, and Firewire scanners, including the 650U series (and my 656U). There is a pretty decent list of supported scanners available. I've found that it's quality and usuability are not quite as good as Canon's stuff for OS 9, but they are "good enough" for 98% of the owners out there. The only deficiencies I've found are near the scanning extremes such as fairly small <2" high-res scans and large image full-bed high-res scans. It has other nice features, though, such as raw data output and multi-pass hypersample scanning. A decent deal for $40.

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Flawed driver
Authored by: Justin Sane on Dec 09, '02 06:38:15PM

I installed the dirver on OS X and it has a serious defect in design that made me de-install it immediately. If a scanner is not hooked up to your system, the driver repeatedly sends a message to the console that it is lookng for a device: over and over and over and over and over, eating up CPU cycles for nothing, slowing down the system, and polluting the console with repetitious messages causing important console events to scroll out of the buffer and become lost forever. Canon's rookie status as a device driver developer for OS X is obvious. I expected better. I sometimes use my 1240U on my TiBook but don't always have it attached. This driver was a pest on the laptop so, sadly, I de-installed it and I am back to running the OS 9 version in the OS 9 VM on OS X 10.2.2. I am disappointed in Canon and this will affect my vendor choice for my next scanner product unless they fix this ASAP.



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Re: Flawed driver
Authored by: jiclark on Dec 09, '02 09:06:03PM

Could others chime in with experiences about this claim? If it's true, we need to get on Canon's case about it so that they get it fixed!

Along those lines, I've noticed a lot of repetitive stuff in my Console output as of late, but have no idea how to track it down. Examples:

Dec 8 19:54:22 Gemini WindowServer[197]: Reserved range exhausted. (0xbbf83000 to 0xbc464000 goes out of bounds)

And the most common:

## Component Manager: attempting to find symbols in a component alias of type (regR/carP/x!bt)

I realize this isn't exactly on topic, but if someone could point me in the direction of help, I'd really appreciate it!!

Thanks, John-o



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N650U driver
Authored by: trafalger on Dec 09, '02 06:51:46PM

Well, the driver has been available for some time on the Canon Canada website as well. I called into Canon after I read the availability on the US site, and he pointed me to these drivers instead (after looking for them for about 10 minutes). From what I can see, these only work as a photoshop plugin though.


http://canoncanada.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/canoncanada.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_sid=hq48Jlwg&p_lva=&p_faqid=1763&p_created=1038416161&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9ncmlkc29ydD0mcF9yb3dfY250PTYmcF9zZWFyY2hfdGV4dD0mcF9zZWFyY2hfdHlwZT1kZmx0JnBfcHJvZF9sdmwxPTE4JnBfcHJvZF9sdmwyPTY2JnBfY2F0X2x2bDE9NCZwX3NvcnRfYnk9ZGZsdCZwX3BhZ2U9MQ**&p_li=



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Won't Work
Authored by: rtstrong on Dec 11, '02 04:03:22PM

I downloaded both the "Asian" and the "Canadian" drivers. Neither works. I called Canon and they said that those products are different than the "American" scanner. I was informed that I would have to wait until "December 15" (if it really occurs) and then there would be a driver and toolbox available which would work with Photoshop Elements 2 and OmniPage Pro X.

If others have got the "Canadian" driver to work with an "American" scanner, HOW?



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Acrobat Pro
Authored by: mouthbreather on Dec 08, '06 08:00:11PM

The US drivers and apparently the canadian ones will only work with Photoshop as far as i can tell. Right now i need to be able to install the driver in Adobe Acrobat so i can scan into .pdf format. I called Canon and they said Acrobat uses a Twain driver for scanner which canon has no plans to write at this point. He didn't say anything about Toolbox though. If they come out with the tool box though you could scan .pdfs from that. Probably time to buy a new scanner anyway though.



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