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rat1watch 12-29-2003 12:09 PM

Help with configuring Windows printer
I am new to the Mac (having used Windows all the time). I have a new iMac with OS X on a home network with other Windows PCs on XP. I have set up the Mac to print on a Canon S520 connected to one of Windows PCs. I followed the help instructions and got it to work somewhat. My problem is thet I could not find my printer model (S520) on the Printer List under Canon. After some experimenting, I finally decided on S800, but the results were far from satisfactory.
Next I searched the web thinking perhaps to install the printer driver. I found and downloaded the driver S520_MacOSX_130. But now I am completely stumped as to what to do next. Please help!

MacAddikt 12-29-2003 12:30 PM

do you have your PCs set up under a workgroup?

if so, what did you name your workgroup?

if not, i would suggest setting up a workgroup, and once you do that, i'll walk you through how to change your Mac's Samba configuration to join the workgroup

rat1watch 12-29-2003 01:14 PM

[QUOTE=MacAddikt]do you have your PCs set up under a workgroup?

if so, what did you name your workgroup?

Yes, I have all the PCs under SESAME STREET (workgroup}. I am able to locate the printer under ELMO and have selected it. I can print from the iMac. It is just that I can't identify the printer correctly to the iMac. Canon S520 is simply not on the Printer List. The closest model is S450 and S800.

MacAddikt 12-29-2003 01:24 PM

i found the Cannon S520 driver for os x. maybe thatll make it show up

rat1watch 12-29-2003 01:29 PM

Ah! That's v140. I have d/l v130 and it's sitting pretty in the HD but I have no idea how to install the driver.

rat1watch 12-29-2003 10:27 PM

I think I have installed the driver (at least I went through the installer per instructions and restarted. Still I can't get the printer model into the Canon List.

rat1watch 12-31-2003 04:04 AM

Talked to a technician at the Apple service centre. He claims that printing from a shared Windows printer will always be problematic. He suggests getting a print server and hooking the printer(s) to the printer server. Is he correct or is this just BS?

rat1watch 01-06-2004 04:37 AM

I think I've solved my problem. From the list of gimp-print supported printers at, I found that the compatible printer for the S500 series of Canon printers is BJC 8200.

Mortocks 01-26-2004 06:01 AM

did u fix it?

Just wondering if you solved the problem. I am also setting up a s520 which is connected to a windows computer and I want to share the printing with my powerbook and ibook. I managed to select the printer from the network printer list but (as you say) the drivers were not in my driver list. I tried using the BJC 8200 drivers but it still didn't work. Can you help?

p.s. this is my first time in a forum so if i take a long time to respond please forgive me :-)

ckeller99 03-06-2004 07:12 AM

I have exactly the same propblem.. The BJ 8200 driver doesn't seem to work for me either. any other ideas? Is there a way to add the BJ S520 printer in the Mac os x list of printers? Please advise.

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