5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 5, 2010 9:06 AM by Klaus1
santana157 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a 2.1 Ghz PowerPC G5. I updated to OS 10.5.8 from 10.4.
When I tried to print, it says-no driver selected. When I try to select a driver, the Canon Pixma MP970 is not listed.

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iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.3), LE 7.1, Presonus Firebox, M-audio 49E keys, 1.5 GB mem, 500GB HD, 2.1 GHz
  • kostby Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)
    Get the updated driver for the MP970 directly from Canon here --> http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=DownloadDet ailTabAct&fcategoryid=334&modelid=15481

    Note that there are separate drivers for printer and scanner.
  • santana157 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    (For some reason, the rest of my message did not post?)

    I have a 2.1 Ghz PowerPC G5. I updated to OS 10.5.8 from 10.4.
    When I tried to print, it says-no driver selected. When I try to select a driver, the Canon Pixma MP970 is not listed.

    1. First of all, why would this printer be listed in OS 10.4 and not OS 10.5?

    2. Second, I searched all over, on this topic, and came up with the conclusion that I had to download something from Canon, which is what I did. Printing seems to work ok, so far. Is what I did the standard operating procedure in this case?

    3. Finally, if downloading the driver from Canon was the correct move, do I have to download a driver for the scanner, also or is that included in the printer driver download? (I noticed some chatter in the help sections about scanner drivers, also.)

    What a pain. Why would they leave this out of the updated OS when they included it previously?

    Thank you.
  • santana157 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Would I want this one:

    MP970 series CUPS Printer Driver Ver. 10.26.2.0 (Mac OS X 10.5/10.6)
    mp970sosxcp102620ea8-2.dmg
    10.26.2.0
    10.16 MB
    12/25/2009

    or this one?:

    MP970 series Printer Driver Ver. 6.9.3 (Mac OS X 10.2/10.3/10.4/10.5)
    mp970sosxpd693ej7.dmg
    6.9.3
    6.83 MB
    06/15/2009

    I assume the scanner driver is this one?:

    MP970 series Scanner Driver Ver. 13.9.1 (Mac OS X 10.2/10.3/10.4/10.5/10.6)
    mp970sosxsd1391ej7.dmg
    13.9.1
    15.47 MB
    09/08/2009
  • kostby Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)
    *Why is the MP970 driver not included in 10.5.8?*
    My opinion: The MP970 came out in late 2007. It's relatively old, and probably not among the top 100 printers sold since then. If you don't find your specific driver on your installation disc, you do what you already did: go find it and download it from the manufacturer's web site. And the 99% of users who do not own your printer thank you for saving them installation time and space by not having to load your printer driver. "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one." Spock, to Captain Kirk, in _The Wrath of Khan_, 1982 Paramount

    Regarding CUPS (From a thread on macrumors.com --> http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=569224)
    "CUPS (common unix printing system) is the print control system used on OS X." and
    "The CUPS drivers provide a higher level of translation for high-end units and 64-bit applications. Typically you will not need them unless you are printing with a high resolution graphics program. It does not add any additional functionality or performance in a wireless or any other environment."

    The scanner driver is a separate download and installation.
    If you want to use the scanner from the computer, you need to load the scanner driver, too. If you never scan and save images to the computer, you do not need to load the scanner driver. Using the copier functions, directly from the printer control panel does not require a scanner driver.
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)
    You should also take a look at the Gutenprint drivers (free) which offer a lot more options than the original drivers:

    http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net/