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Scanner run on OS X ?

Question : I have a Canon CanoScan LiDE 30 scanner that worked fine with my old Mac running on OS 9, but when I try to use it with my iMac running OS X Tiger, I get a message saying I need to run "Classic," which the computer doesn't have. Is it possible to make the scanner run on OS X?

Answer : Your scanner most likely needs to have its driver software for Mac OS X installed on the iMac so that the two pieces of hardware communicate with each other. If you've had this scanner for a while, the software disc that originally came with it probably does not have the latest driver for Mac OS X 10.4, code-named Tiger.

The technical support area of Canon's website recommends that you download and install the latest driver, which is designed to work with Mac OS X 10.4. You can find the new driver for the CanoScan LiDE 30 by going to consumer.usa.canon.com and clicking the Support button on the page.

Once you land in the Support section, select the make and model of your scanner to get to the driver software and technical support articles for your product.

Classic, which is Apple's software that emulates its older OS 9 system, is included as an extra application on the installation discs for Mac OS 10.4 that you get when you buy a new Macintosh (except for the new models that have Intel processors), or when you purchase an operating system upgrade.

Although Classic is not installed by default, you can use the discs to add it to your Tiger system in case you need to run older programs that won't work on Mac OS X.


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