5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 3, 2009 7:41 AM by Bruce De Benedictis
jmck78 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
When I insert an SD card into the Canon MX850 the card is detected on the printer, but my iMac can't see it. Is there anyway to mount the SD card on my iMac? The MX850 is connected by Ethernet.

I would prefer to use the MX850 as a card reader for the few times I use SD cards than go out and buy a separate card reader.

Intel iMac 24", Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 Level 6 (10,515 points)
    jmck78 wrote:
    When I insert an SD card into the Canon MX850 the card is detected on the printer, but my iMac can't see it. Is there anyway to mount the SD card on my iMac? The MX850 is connected by Ethernet.

    I would prefer to use the MX850 as a card reader for the few times I use SD cards than go out and buy a separate card reader.


    I don't have any experience using printers over Ethernet, but it may be the Ethernet link that's causing your mount problem. Can you temporarily connect the printer to your computer with a USB cable to see if it works better that way? If the card mounts with that connection, what you're seeing may be a limitation of the Ethernet connection mode.
  • Bruce De Benedictis Level 4 Level 4 (1,690 points)
    As far as I can tell, the slot in the printer is only for the printer. You need a card reader for your computer.
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 Level 6 (10,515 points)
    Bruce may have the answer. My Epson has flash card slots that can be used to mount those cards on the computer, at least over USB. However, I could believe that some printers only have those slots for use in printing photos, not for mounting by a computer.

    You should be able to buy a compact SD card reader for US$10-20. If you have any SDHC cards, be sure you buy a reader that supports that higher capacity.
  • PAHU Level 6 Level 6 (15,485 points)
    According to the Advanced User Guide for my MP980, which is probably the same for your MX850, "you cannot use the Card Slot over a network on Mac OS X 10.5.x". If you want to use the Card Slot as a memory card driver on Mac OS X 10.5.x, you have to connect to the printer via USB cable.

    Pahu
  • Bruce De Benedictis Level 4 Level 4 (1,690 points)
    Actually, I tried it, and you can access the card for reading on an MX850 over the network. Whether you would want to or not is another question.

    To do so, in the finder, Connect to Server using the address smb://xxxxxxxxxxx/canon_memory, where xxxxxxxxxx is the IP address the printer is using. You are also supposed to be able to use the MAC address, but I was not able to get it to connect using that.

    It is rather a pain to do so. It is probably better to buy a card reader.