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10.6: Revert to older Canon drivers to recover features Printers
Snow Leopard only hintSome Canon printer drives have had problems with 10.6 and not displaying all print options. I know this sounds completely counter-intuitive, but bear with me...

With 10.6, some drivers were broken and Canon (like most companies) was pretty quick to release new drivers. In the case of Canon's Pixima iP##### line, there have been two different printer drivers. CUPS 10.26.0 (same for all models) and an earlier one (number varies for specific model). I have two Canon Pixma printers, the iP4500 and 5200, and this is what I noticed for my printers. Looking at Canon's site, I suspect most other printers in the same line to be the same.

For the iP4500, my main printer: The most recent driver (10.26.0) was updated in September, and includes 10.3 to 10.6 compatibility. This driver type has existed since before 10.5, and has worked fine. In Snow Leopard, however, some printer options (black and white, speed setting, etc.) are missing.

The solution I found was to install the driver labeled 6.9.3 from Canon's site. It states only 10.2 to 10.5 compatibility, but it installed fine on multiple computers. Once installed, I had access to all the regular driver options, as well as supply level indicators that didn't work in 10.5. That was good! Trying the old driver definitely helped, but there's a mystery.

Mystery: The 6.9.3 driver shows up on the system as the current 10.26.0 driver, but on Canon's site, it definitely has a release date three months before the 10.26.0 driver was released. After reinstalling the 'new' driver that gave me problems before, there appears to be no change. But I have also installed the Apple driver update. On another computer, one that doesn't have the Apple driver update, I didn't reinstall the new driver, but the old one works better.

In short, if you're unhappy with your Canon print options in 10.6, you might want to try the older model-specific driver from Canon's site.
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