Printing through XP on wireless network to Canon Pixma MX310...???

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by HeatherJ, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. HeatherJ macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2007
    Hi All!
    Here's the dilemma: Brand new iMac (my first one), sitting next to my Sony XP computer. I have a wireless network and have been able to share files between the two computers. I have all of my work information on my PC and am wanting to print to my new Canon Pixma printer which is connected to the MAC.

    I can "see" the printer when I go to printing preferences on my PC but when I hit print, I get an error message that says the printer if offline. I have all sharing enabled on both computers and when I go into the print queue, there is a document that is in there that it won't allow me to delete because it was "sent" by the owner "Valerie"....not sure if that is part of it or not

    I guess my first question is, can I print over my wireless network through my MAC to the Canon and if I can, any idea what could be impeding me from printing?


    p.s. so far I am LOVING the MAC!!:)
  2. gsahli macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2007
    You can't use the Canon-provided driver on the Mac (if there is one) to print via network. The driver was written to only work via USB direct.
    You need a CUPS driver to use the OS X built-in network protocols, like Windows Printing.
    The only third-party CUPS driver sources I know of are:

    Another option is to set up the PC to be a postscript print server:
  3. diane143 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    I got one of these printers with my MacBook last year. It's still unopened since the printer and scanner I already own were much better.

    But now I am wondering if I can scan to it via my Airport Express. Have you tried that at all? A document feeder would be handy at times.

    I use VueScan for scanning


  4. jrhyett05 macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2010
    I do know you CANNOT scan via Airport Express. That i have tried. I am looking for a solution to use all the features via a network, hopefully by snagging an extra airport express cheap and using it as a repeater and then networking into the printer.....

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