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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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