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Old Oct 18, 2004, 2:31 PM   #11
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wouldn't the easiest way be to find a way to get an import to work in your region? [import from UK to USA?]

That is one solution. But that would cost USA consumers $280 minimumto import fromUK. I'm not ready to pay $100more because of patent issues.
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Old Oct 19, 2004, 3:31 AM   #12
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assuming one would pay the premium to have it imported .....


.... how would the drivers situation work, using a UK printer in the USA?

would everything still work properly?
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Old Oct 20, 2004, 11:46 AM   #13
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I am quite interested in this topic, thanks for starting it niteowl

I still think the problem lies in NOT having the cd-tray. Sure, it's possible that the firmwares are completely different, I don't doubt that. But why start with a complicated solution and work our way towards the simple? If a printer is intelligent enough to print a 4x6 photo in 40 seconds and be precise enough to be BORDERLESS, do you think it can't tell if you're fudging something through the cd tray that isn't the right size?

What we really need to do is somehow get ahold of one of these trays and start from there. I've thought about emailing Canon UK customer support and seeing if I could purchase it seperately since I "lost" mine , but I didn't follow through. All we really need to do is get one of these trays, and if it works, find someone to replicate it. I know a guy who works with acrylics and such, so he *might* be a viable candidate. If it ever gets this far, I'll ask him.


There's no sense in assuming that Canon changed every little detail about this printer when the solution could be as simple as that. My original statement stands. If canon were to go so out of their way to completely change the inner hardware of the printer, why wouldn't they remove the flip-down tray entirely from the US models?

Also, it looks like the paper-jam tray on the back of the printer may need to be opened in order to allow for the cd to properly feed all of the way through, but I'm not sure.
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Old Oct 20, 2004, 12:13 PM   #14
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Well, time to rejoice

You CAN make the printer print when the top cover is open, it's quite easy actually. On the right hand side of the cover near the hinge with the printer there is a small hole and a protruding piece of plastic above it (in the shape of a a plus sign). Basically that protrusion pushes down on a switch in that hole to tell the printer whether the top cover is open or not. This works just like your refridgerator light, or your overhead light in your car upon door opening. Just hold down the switch while printing and you can watch it print. (it's pretty neat, actually)

Anyway, onto the interesting part. I printed a document (this thread, really ) with automatic duplexing. For those of you that have the printer, you know that it prints the first side out, waits a bit, then pulls the page back in and rotates it around in the printer. Before pulling the page back in, the white rollers inside lift up higher than would be needed to print on CD! The motors are there to do the work, so now all we need is a software solution, and the blasted cd tray

Conclusion: the inside of the printer (hardware-wise) doesn't appear to be any different than the UK versoin.
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Old Oct 20, 2004, 1:58 PM   #15
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I agree with Snow Veil, maybe all we need is the CD tray.

http://www.canon.com.cn/down/product..._Printing.html
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Old Oct 20, 2004, 8:43 PM   #16
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Lets hope this thing gets off the ground. I've been looking into imorting the printer for a few days now from the UK or Australia. All the UK shops told me they cant export it. I found an Australian shop who is more than happy to ship it to me. Bad thing is it's cost prohibitive! The printer costs $288 AUD ($211 USD) which isn't too bad...shipping is the real killer at $225 AUD ($165 USD). They tried hard, and that was the absolute cheapest shipping they cound find. $376 USD for a printer I can get on newegg for $180...if I have to use labels I guess I have no choice :sad:. I think snow veil's idea is the best...someone has to get a hold of one of these trays. I'm going to ask the shop in AU if they could somehow get one.
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Old Oct 21, 2004, 1:01 AM   #17
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Good idea mr Miyagi, and nice link also ciel.

I've thought about emailing canon to ask for a replacement (I have a buddy in the UK that said he would allow it to be mailed to him and he'd mail it to me), but I would imagine that they'll probably ask for a serial #. It's worth a shot I guess...unless anyone outside of the US who already has one is willing to ask canon for a spare, this seems to be my best thought right now.
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Old Oct 21, 2004, 2:10 PM   #18
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Hey fellas maybe i can help you out, I recently bought an iP3000 wich I'm very pleased with and since I'm a swedish viking i have the famous cd-printing-tray (it's still unpacked and laying here next to me).I can take some high resolution pictures and post them here if that would help you?



I havent been able to find any printable CD's thats why i havent unpacked it yett :O

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Old Oct 21, 2004, 2:26 PM   #19
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even with the CD tray .... is it the drivers that are the set back?


would we [US residents] have to use other country's drivers?
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Old Oct 21, 2004, 2:40 PM   #20
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even with the CD tray .... is it the drivers that are the set back?


would we [US residents] have to use other country's drivers
I suspect that the driver can be hacked since it porobaly turns the CD-printing feature on/off depending on some id or firmware setting in the printer. The question is if they did something to the printer firmware or not. If they did it thinkyou are screwed since i doubt we'll be able to "flash" the printers firmware on our own.
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