13 Replies Latest reply: Jun 20, 2008 5:24 AM by Geer23Mac
lkrupp Level 4 Level 4 (3,330 points)
Can anyone confirm that the Canon LiDE 80 scanner and the Vuescan scanning software either works or does not work under Leopard? Forget about Canon's Canoscan software. I know it doesn't work and won't be updated and I could care less about that piece of junk. I would like to know if I'm going to need a new scanner under Leopard. It's all about the LiDE's driver, not the scanning software.

I'd appreciate any input on the subject.

Dual 2.5GHz G5 Power Macintosh (June 2004), Mac OS X (10.4.11), 3.5GB RAM
  • Bob Worthingham Level 2 Level 2 (295 points)

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  • Jim Hall1 Level 2 Level 2 (470 points)
    Yes, quite well.
  • lkrupp Level 4 Level 4 (3,330 points)
    Thanks for info. I suspected that many of the "it doesn't work" comments were based on trying to use the CanoScan Toolbox application which I stopped using almost from the beginning. I have seen reports of the LiDE 80 working under Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. That makes sense because those apps use the driver plugin and so does Vuescan. If I have to get a new scanner so be it but your response makes it more likely I won't have any trouble using Vuescan.

    Thanks again.
  • themyriapod Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    hi! did you actually manage to get it work?
    i've been struggling for a few days with no success...

  • lkrupp Level 4 Level 4 (3,330 points)
    themyriapod wrote:
    hi! did you actually manage to get it work?
    i've been struggling for a few days with no success...


    Yes, the combination of the LiDE 80 scanner and Vuescan works just fine with Leopard. I upgraded my bootable clone to Leopard 10.5.2 for testing purposes. The LIDE 80, the HP 1022 Laserjet, and the HP 940C Inkjet all work fine with 10.5.2. Remember, the CanoScan Toolbox application is not compatible, the scanner itself with its ScanGear driver plugin does work with either Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or Vuescan. All is well for me hardware wise. I will officially move to Leopard tomorrow.
  • ST2001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So how do you get it to work? I've loaded Vuescan, and Canon Driver (which worked fine with Tiger). I get this message:
    "VueScan found a Canon LiDE 80, but wasn't able to find an Intel plugin for this scanner. Try downloading a driver for this scanner from www.canon.com. To try to use the PowerPC plugin, click on the VueScan icon while holding the control key, choose 'Get Info' and check the 'Open using Rosetta' box."

    Can't work it out.
    Thanks for any help
  • johnels Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I too wish to use my Lide 80 with a Mac Pro and Leopard. It looks like all the people here who have successfully managed to hook the scanner up are not using Intel machines. I think that's the difference.
  • lkrupp Level 4 Level 4 (3,330 points)
    Do you know where the Canon driver is located? If not then use Spotlight to search for "Scangear". the plugin's name and version is "ScanGear CS 7.2X" version When you find it follow the instructions in the Vuescan message. This may or may not work. Another poster has mentioned that it seems only PPC machines are getting this to work properly.
  • johnels Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    On my Power Mac G5 the driver this looks like the driver here:

    Macintosh HD:Users:Shared:CanoScanLiDE80:CNQL2405_Driver.bundle
  • Sunny's mommy Level 2 Level 2 (470 points)
    My Cande Lide 80 scanner works with Tiger and my Intel machine, but won't work when I try using it with Leopard (I am running Tiger on the machine itself and have a fully bootable external that is running Leopard). I've taken the external hard drive to the Genius Bar many times and they've tried to use Vue Scan. The driver is downloaded but when they try to use the scanner, they get an error message that the driver wasn't installed.
  • ST2001 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes I can locate the driver and the Plug In but Photoshop CS2 does not recognize. (It appears to be OK but scans black blank) It did work fine with Tiger. I now use via boot camp and windows, a pain but at least it works. I guess I'll sell it and start again...
  • Restrup Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes it works.
    Open Get Info in both Photoshop Elements and VueScan and mark "Open with Rosetta".
    Thats all.
  • Geer23Mac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Interesting..! When I check 'Open with Rosetta' in VueScan, I only get a black preview plus random colored lined in it. Without 'Open with Rosetta' it all works fine.

    By the way, I managed to get a CanoScan LiDE 25 to work on a MacBook Pro (Intel) with 10.5.2, only by manually putting the ColorSync profile 'CANON CanoScan LiDE 25' into the ColorSync folder into the Profiles folder within the -root- Library (path: /Library/ColorSync/Profiles/CANON CanoScan LiDE 25). That was the only apparent reason the dreaded "failed to open a driver" message popped up!