Sunday, 3 May 2009
Canon iP 1980 Pixma Installation Fun, Isaan Thailand.
The other day I went out and bought a new printer for school. I wanted to have my own printer as it is just so much easier and convenient. I bought a basic ink jet, a Canon Pixma iP 1980.
I had an ink tank installed; this saves a fortune on ink cartridge costs. The printer and the ink tank cost 1,900 Thai Baht. I bought the computer home and pulled it out of the box and got ready to install it on my laptop.
I put the installation disk supplied with the printer into the laptop and I was off and running. I followed the piece of paper that came with the disk on each step of the installation.
The first problem came when it came to where I was meant to choose 'the area/region where I lived'. I was going to choose Australia but this screen was skipped. To cut a long story short after the printer was installed everything was in Thai.
No worries. I uninstalled everything and went to the Canon Australia site. I found the correct driver and downloaded and installed.
Okay everything was in English. Well, almost everything. When I went to print properties the first five ‘Tabs’ General, Sharing, Ports were all in English but the last one was in Thai. This is one of the most important tabs, being the maintenance tab.
Why was this? I did a Google search and seen what I could find. I found some articles directing me to uninstall everything again, all printer drivers off the computer. I did this and when I reinstalled the same thing happened again.
I Googled again, used all different search words. There was plenty of so called fixes and I tried many but none were working. I then finally stumbled across a thread in a very popular website here in Thailand called Thaivisa.
I am not a big Thai visa fan; the website does offer very good information attaining to visas and all sorts of things to do with Thailand. It is in the forums where a lot of expats go and many of them are totally full of shit, over the top wankers who dribble absolute shit out of their mouths.
I mean maybe a guy asks in a thread, “I want to go to Phuket. Can anyone recommend how to get there?”
Now you do get many people with helpful answers but also all the scums with off the cuff remarks. I have seen some threads that are nothing but shit slinging fights between commenters.
Anyway, I found a link to Thai Visa and a guy posting under ‘Parryhandy’ gave this advice halfway down a thread.
I’ve got the MP140 but if its the same driver you can change the language as follows.
Control panel - printer and faxes- right click printer -properties- then page that pops up may be in Thai.
Click the 7th and last TAB (maintenance)- you will see a page with 10 pictures and writing next to them- underneath them there are 2 fairly wide buttons- click the right one (about) and a pop up box will appear. Near the bottom of this pop up is a drop down language menu- change to English- click ok which is the far left button below the said menu-ok again and the printer should now be in English.
I followed the guy’s advice and it was right on the money. It was so bloody easy after I had spent hours, many hours trying other things that didn’t work. Following Parry’s advice I had the language changed in 30 seconds and now everything is in English.
So to Parry, whoever you are. Thanks a lot mate, you are a little ripper. I just wish I had found this advice about 4 hours before.