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Modify some Canon printers to enable CD/DVD printing
Authored by: OverZealous on Jan 22, '10 12:23:07PM

This post just inspired me to get my MX850 CD-Tray working.

I have an MP830 (older model) which uses a "D" tray. Loved being able to print CDs with it. (In fact, I did some graphic design work that I printed 100 CDs and got paid more than the printer+ink was worth!) But it only has a USB connection.

The MX850 (which has Mac & Windows network-capable drivers) uses an "F" tray. Since $30 is not worth it, I've left the 830 hanging around for the occasional CD printing. But I hate the thought of expensive ink waiting just for CD prints.

It turns out that the only difference between a D and F tray is that the right-hand shiny foil spot is offset to the left by about 1/4" (7mm) on F. Otherwise, the dimensions are exactly the same. (That link can also be used to make your own "F" tray.)

So, I covered the old one with a bit of black construction paper (using double-sided scotch tape), and made a new foil spot using aluminum foil. I think I moved the spot around about 5 times before I thought to cover the old spot.

The end result: my D tray works perfect in my MX850, and I just saved $30!

Thanks for the inspiration!

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