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#1 onefine

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 01:16 PM

Hi all!

I have iMac, but there is no driver for my printer Canon MF 3110. I have some ports like Total Commander etc. Maybe it is possible somehow to port also drivers for my printer. Now if I want something to print I must go for Windows trought Parallel Windows or Bootcamp..

Thanx for any advice!!!!

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 02:54 PM

no... Wine doesn't use Windows drivers of any kind... you'd need a Mac OS X print driver to be able ot use the printer in Windows apps running in Wine.

Are you sure you really need it?  Most printers, even Canon works fine in 10.7 ... have you checked if the normal print drivers and Image Capture.app works fine with it in 10.7?

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 04:30 PM

The MF3110 is a fairly old printer, i think it was back from early 2000s.
To be honest I think that you could safely replace it since toner and such usually is getting quite expensive for older printers.

For me it's been usually cheaper to replace printers after 10 years of use, since printers are so cheap nowadays and toner/ink is really expensive.

Cheaper printers these days costs as much as changing ink 3 times.

I know it's not a good advice to tell you to get a new one, but I think I would do that.

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 06:12 PM

I have friend and he fill me toner for 10€ while new toner cost is 50-60€ so it is very good deal for me :) Ok I will continue for using Parallels.

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 06:15 PM

onefine said:

I have friend and he fill me toner for 10€ while new toner cost is 50-60€ so it is very good deal for me :) Ok I will continue for using Parallels.

That changes a bit ye, because I guess you could get a similar one for €200 or less, but if you pay 10 for a toner, then it's worth keeping.

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 12:53 PM

Have you tried gutenprint?  Many unsupported (especially old) printers can be made work with those drivers.  Give it a try if you haven't yet.  http://gimp-print.so....net/MacOSX.php

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 08:54 PM

Aren't printer drivers written in DLL anyway?

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Posted 30 October 2011 - 04:05 AM

wgoldie said:

Aren't printer drivers written in DLL anyway?
there is much more to a driver than a library.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 01:14 AM

This would be cool!!!!




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