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10.6: Install Canon printer drivers in Snow Leopard
Authored by: palahala on Aug 28, '09 08:43:37AM

Not 10.6 specific, but just for the archives. Especially for those installing a wireless printer but facing an empty list for "Canon IJ Network", here's what I've written down after installation of a PIXMA iP4000R on 10.5 Leopard, a long time ago:

  • The Canon PIXMA iP4000R drivers are included in a default installation of Mac OS X Leopard.
  • The Network Setup program on the Canon printer cd does not work with Leopard. (My printer cd is labeled PIXMA iP4000R Setup Software & User's Guide, MCD 1.1, QH7-1581, copyright 2004.)
  • The firewall must be set to allow incoming connections for "Canon IJ Printer Utility". (At least during installation: if not allowed, then the list for "Canon IJ Network" in the Network Setup program will be empty. And maybe this is also required for normal use, like to see the supply levels -- but I don't see those on demand anyway, though the printer does warn me when ink or paper runs out.)

Given the notes I wrote down about the cd not being usable, I might have downloaded some new software then. But maybe all that is needed is already included (see also /Library/Printers/Canon/BJPrinter/Utilities/) and all that's to be done is go to System Preferences, Print & Fax to add a new printer. Here, go to More Printers, wait until "Searching for installed printer drivers" completes and select Canon IJ Network, which should then detect your printer.

(Can anyone confirm that no cd, nor downloads, nor setup program are required for Mac OS X Leopard, and maybe not for Snow Leopard either?)

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10.6: Use LPD with Gutenprint for network Canon printers in Snow Leopard
Authored by: palahala on Aug 31, '09 02:51:32AM

Hmmm, I actually posted my old 10.5 notes on the iP4000R while I didn't know yet that Snow Leopard would also remove existing printers... :-( Yet another, though slow, workaround to set up the iP4000R as a network printer, inspired by the web interface of the printer that has an option to enable/disable RAW Port (9100) and LPD:

  • Connect through USB, to ensure the printer driver is installed. (For me, the printer showed and installed without any question.)
  • Add a new IP printer, select Line Printer Daemon, enter the IP address or DHCP name, and change Print Using: Generic PostScript Printer into Print Using: Select Printer Software.
  • Here, selecting Canon iP4000R gets me in an endless loop, but changing it into Canon PIXMA iP4000 - Gutenprint v5.2.3 (and leaving the name for the queue empty) works fine.

The Gutenprint driver supports duplex, and all paper sources including the printable cd tray. It doesn't give me the Printer Utilities (hardly ever used them) nor the supply levels (Leopard didn't either). It's terribly slow though, but I did not investigate that yet...

Note: using the old Canon software, like described in the original hint, may very well be a better idea!

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