Old Canon printing software -- mpconsol
steve at camp.com
Tue Apr 6 01:23:34 EDT 2004
Problem Description / Summary:
I need a copy of some old Canon copier/network printer utility
software for SunOS 4.x / Solaris 1.x / Solaris 2.x called 'mpconsol'.
A user manual talks of extracting "canontar" from a "ddimage" file
from a diskette that was bundled with a Network I/F board. From
"canontar" one is supposed to extract "mpconsol".
A client of mine has procured a Canon copier (GP30F) and a Multi-
device Controller Board-P2 to turn it into a network printer. I
am guessing this GP30F is circa mid to late 1990s. There are no
menus on the copier itself to allow me to set IP address, netmask
When I 'snoop' my local network, I can see ARP packets being sent
from a MAC address:
ETHER: ----- Ether Header -----
ETHER: Packet 56 arrived at 16:03:48.78
ETHER: Packet size = 60 bytes
ETHER: Destination = ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff, (broadcast)
ETHER: Source = 0:0:85:##:##:##,
ETHER: Ethertype = 0806 (ARP)
that maps to "Canon" per http://www.coffer.com/mac_find/. So,
apparently the copier's "multi-device controller printer board-p2"
is asking for an address on the network.
The local copier vendor has faxed over the "GP30 Print Book". The
fax has two chapters that describe using this SunOS / Solaris 2.x
utility called "mpconsol". Apparently these Canon copier/printers
were controlled from Sun print servers.
Has anyone any experience managing / administering these Canon
copier/printers? Does anyone have a copy of this "ddimage" /
"canontar" / "mpconsol" software they can e-mail me or point me to
an URL or ftp site where I can obtain it?
I have just checked at http://www.usa.canon.com/html/download/gp30f.html
and cannot find any mention of the older Solaris software.
Camp Technologies, LLC
steve at camp.com
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