Using a Canon MultiPass F50 on Windows Vista

The bad news is Canon no longer supports the Canon MultiPass F50 (and I assume it’s brethren in the MultiPass product line) and has no intentions of making MultiPass drivers for any version of Windows Vista or for the 64-bit version of Windows XP.

The good news is you can still make the printing feature of this multifunction device work with newer versions of Windows by using a simple work-around.

Step 1: Put the MultiPass F50 into “Printer Mode”

The MultiPass has a hidden feature which allows it to run in a printer-only mode which emulates the same feature-set as a Canon InkJet S630 printer.  Don’t give me credit for the discovery: I picked this up from a user named GregD on Internet.com’s WinDriver’s forum.

 To put your MultiPass in Printer Mode, push the following buttons in the order they are listed: Menu / Scan / Copy / Set / Set. The LED display should now say “Printer Mode”. If you later want to scan or fax, I simply reboot the printer (if there is a better way, hopefully someone leave a comment about it). Be sure to do this before you connect the printer to your computer, or Vista will try and fail to install it as a MultiPass.

Step 2 : Connect the printer to your PC

As I mentioned, Canon doesn’t have a MultiPass driver for Vista or for Windows XP 64-bit Edition.  But by using the above key combination your printer will emulate a Canon InkJet S630. If you connect the printer via USB Vista should automatically detect it as an InkJet S630.  If your MultiPass is connected via parallel, you may have to manually add the printer. Be sure to select the Canon InkJet S630 driver when you do!

13 replies
  1. Brian Reich says:

    I’d offer to try it out on my Windows 7 laptop, but I FINALLY tossed my Multipass. However if you can get your hands on the driver from Vista x64 for the S630, I don’t see any reason why that wouldn’t work on Windows 7. Print drivers are completely compatible as far as I know. I don’t exactly know how to tell you to go about extracting that driver from Windows Vista though. With some trial-and-error, from a Vista computer where you have your Multipass working, you may be able to use the Printer Management MMC snap-in to locate the driver and copy it out to your Windows 7 machine. Good luck!

  2. Scott Walls says:

    I have been fooling around with an F50 for quite some time trying to get it to work. It worked some time ago on XP and my partner and I have both gone to Win7. I found this blog and follwed the directions, and after going through all of the nozzle cleaning and print head alignment, it now works just fine. Thanks for the tip!!!

  3. Brian Reich says:

    Scott:

    Glad I could help! There are few things that annoy me more than the utter lack of support Canon provides for their older models. The MultiPass F-Series were a great line of printers, and it would pain me to throw it out just because Canon won’t take the time to update their drivers!

  4. Scott Walls says:

    Brian,
    I do have a question though. If I want to use the MPf50 as a scanner/copier and not just as a printer, what do I have to do to the device to make it operate as such? It won’t be operating through the PC, just as a stand alone copier.

  5. Brian Reich says:

    Scott,

    Unfortunately that’s what I’m talking about when I mentioned Canon’s abysmal support for older models. Their support website isn’t link friendly, but if go to the support page for the MultiPass product line there is a FAQ which states that all of the models listed support Windows 7. If your model is absent from the list, then they have no plans to support it. The MultiPass models we’ve been discussing are not on that list, and unfortunately I haven’t yet found a way to use them without official Canon support. If it helps, here is Canon’s official list of supported MultiPass Models:

    MP130, MP140, MP150, MP160, MP170, MP180, MP190, MP210, MP240, MP250, MP360, MP370, MP390, MP450, MP460, MP470, MP480, MP490, MP500, MP510, MP520, MP530, MP560, MP600, MP610, MP620, MP700, MP730, MP750, MP760, MP780, MP800, MP800R, MP810, MP830, MP950, MP960, MP970, MP980

  6. Scott Walls says:

    Brian,
    A couple of things here. I went through the list on the HP website (same as the one you presented) and my unit isn’t on there. That’s ok. I’m happy for the info that you have provided me that allows me to use this, at one-time pretty expensive, printer for more than an over-sized paper weight. My last question, above, really means, how can I “un-fool” the copier into thinking that it is an S630? I can always put it back into this mode that allows it to work through my PC but there may be times that I just want to scan/copy a document. Maybe this isn’t possible anymore without it being connected to the PC. Please enlighten me. Thanks again for your time and knowledge.

  7. Brian Reich says:

    Scott,

    Since writing the article my MultiPass finally died, but if I remember correctly pressing the same series of buttons should take it out of S630 mode. Or just yank the plug :)

    Brian

  8. JD says:

    I followed the instructions exactly and it didn’t print, I also set it up manually and it did state “Printer Mode” on my Multipass, but it wouldn’t print. The “Print Mode” kept flashing so I tried to turn off the printer by pushing the on/off button and it would not work. Yes, in result I was forced to unplug it afterwards and then I plugged it back in….Guess what! It doesn’t even turn on anymore!!!! What do I do???!!! :( My printer has been sabotaged!

  9. Brian Reich says:

    If your printer isn’t coming on any more, it’s got bigger problems than the incompatibility with Windows Vista that this solution was meant to resolve. I know this sounds obvious but when you blog it back in make sure the connection is good and tight at both ends. I know the power on mine fits a little bit snug. After you press the power button does anything come up on the LED screen?

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