Need Help Setting up CanonMP480 Printer with MBA and Windows

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by andreab35, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. andreab35 macrumors 6502a

    andreab35

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    #1
    Hi guys!

    When I was a Windows user with my laptop, printer sharing was easy. My printer then was a Canon iP 1600. It wasn't wireless, but I shared it through my network with an Emachines desktop and my Gateway laptop and all worked well.

    Now, since I have a beautiful new MacBook Air, I need help.

    At first, I wanted to conquer this myself...
    So, I first went to the guide: http://guides.macrumors.com/Printing_to_a_Shared_PC_Printer

    I got through the steps until I needed the printer model (step 8). As in the thread title, I now have a Canon MP480 all in one printer. There are no drivers listed in the list.
    I do have the Canon CD. I tried looking for the PPD file using remote disk but I couldn't find anything.
    Plus after I try selecting some file or make for a printer, it says, "To view this page, you need to log in to area “CUPS” on localhost:631."
    :confused:

    Is there any sort of advice you guys can give me to help me out for my Mac to print?

    The printer I believe is not wireless. The printer I have connects by USB to the Emachines desktop. From there, the Emachines is directly connected by ethernet to the router. My other Gateway laptop and the MacBook Air connect wirelessly to the router.

    Thank you so much guys! :)
     
  2. gsahli macrumors 6502a

    gsahli

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    Chicago
    #2
    The guide you were reading works for postscript printers, that only need a PPD to print from OS X (because all print output starts as postscript on OS X).
    To print using any of the network protocols supported by CUPS, you must have a driver that follows the CUPS modular concept (a CUPS driver). So far, Brother is the only manufacturer of non-postscript printers to provide CUPS drivers. All the rest provide Carbon legacy drivers, where the comm protocol is explicitly limited within the driver. ie, your Canon's OS X driver was written for USB direct Only.

    There are open source CUPS drivers available. Update the Gutenprint derivers on your Mac from:
    http://www.linuxfoundation.org/en/OpenPrinting/macosx

    There's a commercial CUPS driver, too:
    http://www.printfab.net

    After you get a CUPS driver, follow the guide you were following, or:
    http://www.ifelix.co.uk/tech/3015.html

    PS - Apple calls CUPS drivers "modern drivers." It's a shame Apple doesn't make an effort to get this info out.
     

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