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Canon 4200f - Mac OS-X compatability

I have a Canon 4200f, and would like to use on a mac running os-x. Apparently this product is unsupported for Mac. Is there any way around this?

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  • Anonymous Nov 13, 2007

    I have a Mac Book Pro with Lepord and the diver does not respond.  I am talking to Apple Support as I write this and they are saying the Leapord does not have the fix for that diver yet.  I am on hold as I write this.  HTT

  • Jax67 Nov 23, 2007

    I have a Canon 4200F as well and just got an iMac and would really hate to have to buy a new scanner. Is there a solution to this??

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  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2008

    same problem :-(

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2008

    Same here.... :(

  • 7FD7 Mar 20, 2008

    not solved yet.. anybody a work around? (no driver from canon)

  • R_1C Mar 31, 2008

    same problem..why canoscan 4200F doesn't compatible with mac???

    pls help anyone...

  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2008

    Just bought a mac and have the same problem

  • Anonymous Apr 29, 2008

    have same problem, tried other canoscan drivers, but non working. Hope someone will find a solution soon

  • mac1900 May 07, 2008

    CANOSCAN 4200 no driver for Leopard, any tips?

  • gebel May 19, 2008

    Just bought a iMac and have the same problem
    why canonscan 4200f doesn't comatible with Mac Leopard 
    pls help

  • ASSYA May 26, 2008


  • Anonymous Dec 14, 2008

    same problem

  • oskarma7 Jan 11, 2009

    same here - i'm desperately looking for a Canon CanoScan 4200F driver for mac os x and not finding any download on the web :(

  • Anonymous Jan 15, 2009

    were is the driver for Mac?!?!?!?!

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    I have the same problem. And the "solution" from Beni S-P is not a solution at all. It just links to a page saying that Canon doesnt support the scanner and then to a google search offering zero useful results.

  • dantesiurua Feb 05, 2009

    Bought a new mac. It's now 2009. Is there a fix yet

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2009

    The CanoScan 4200f is not mac compatible.

  • Anonymous Feb 24, 2009

    tried to use driver for 4400F but it does not work... hope somebody finds a solution...

  • Anonymous Mar 05, 2009

    My Canon Scanner will not work with my IMAC. Is there a solution for this?

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2009

    Is there no solution ?

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2009

    same problem.

  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2009

    As we switched to Mac we discover that our 4200F are now unusable because Canon just didn't develop any OS X driver for it...
    HP and Epson users doesn't seem to meet such issues (cf. Vuescan software site), one can d/l Win, OSX, Unix, OS/2, etc. drivers.
    I will not order Canon scans stuff anymore.

  • Anonymous Apr 20, 2009




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This solution does not work. On MAc there is no way to use this scanner. Canon sucks!!! There was no info about supported os on the box. It is just unfair to sell products without providing drivers for users.

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Canon CanoScan 4200f drivers for Mac (or any other unsupported scanner):
o Download and install VMWare Fusion, if not yet done.
o Install a reduced version of Windows XP (for achieving the best possible performance). It IS possible to google for "Windows XP sp3 Lite for ASUS eee PC" and download the .iso disc image file, but then you should also have a bought copy of Windows XP for this to be alligable.
o Install VMWare Tools.
o Install Canon CanoScan 4200F driver and Canon Toolbox from Canon website.
o Run Canon Toolbox, enter VMWare Unity mode, and Ctrl-click the Canon Toolbox icon in the Mac OS X dock, and choose "Keep in Dock" option.
Now you can run the scanner software right away from your Dock!
If you want to scan automatically to a folder in your Mac, not your virtual machine, then do the following:
o Create a folder in your Pictures folder and rename it to "Scanned images".
o Enable shared folders in VMWare settings. You don't have to share all your Mac, but at least enable the "Scanned images" folder.
o Create an empty file and name it empty.bat. You can create it in Notepad. (We create this to fool Canon Toolbox a little bit.)
o Click Scan-1 button in Canon Toolbox and select the application to be opened. We just select this empty.bat we just created. (If empty.bat does not appear in the Open dialog, just go to the folder the file resides in, and type empty.bat in the Filename field.)
o While still in the dialog you opened by clicking on the Scan-1 button, set the destination for scanned images to "Z:Scanned images" or something.
o Uncheck the checkbox which is used to group the scanned images into folders by date.
If you wish the newly scanned image be revealed in a new Finder window, you must create a Folder Action to do that:
Ctrl-click on the "Scanned images" folder in Finder and choose "Folder Actions" or something.
A dialog appears. Select the first item in the list. (You may also create a modified script based on that preset script so that the script does not view a confirmation dialog but instead reveals the new images straight away.)
Verify that the "Enable folder actions" checkbox is checked.

If you want to get Mac-like mouse cursors, install "Mac OS X Cursors-1.1-Setup" as well:

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It is really sad That you need to install a virtual machine just to run a scanner , Canon doesn't have the power and technology to develop a d... driver? I am sure they got plenty of money.

Posted on May 28, 2013

  • Nuno Antunes Sep 25, 2013

    It is ridiculous. I have a mac and cadaver 4200F. Canon sucks


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