How to Connect My Canon MP250 Series Printer to My Computer

By Daniel Barrows

The Canon PIXMA MP250 is an ink-jet printer that comes equipped with an 8.5-inch by 11-inch flatbed scanner. The printer's other features include a maximum print resolution of 4,800 by 1,200 dpi, a maximum scan resolution of 19,200 by 19,200 dpi, borderless print capability and full-color copy speeds of 39 seconds. The MP250 is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP/2000 and OS X versions 10.3.9 through 10.5.x; the device connects to your computer via a USB 2.0 cable interface.

Pull down the paper output tray, which is attached to the bottom edge of the printer's front panel. Examine the left side panel of the printer, and find the power port located in the lower left corner. Insert one end of the power cord into the power port. Plug the remaining end of the power cord into a nearby power outlet.

Examine the control panel, located to the right of the scanner cover. Press the power button, located in the upper left corner of the control panel. Confirm that the button is lit green before proceeding; if the button is not lit, confirm that the power plug is properly connected.

Grip the front edge of the scanner unit, located at the top of the printer. Lift the front edge of the scanner unit upward and locate the support installed under the right edge. Pull down the support, and insert the end of it into the notch located on the right side of the printer's interior.

Find the ink-cartridge holder, located in the center of the printer's interior. Examine the two latches attached to the holder. Insert the tip of your forefinger into the notch installed at the top of the right latch. Place your thumb on the tab attached to the front of the latch. Squeeze your thumb and forefinger together to open the latch. Repeat with the remaining latch.

Remove the orange tape from the underside of the black ink cartridge. Lower the black ink cartridge into the right slot on the cartridge holder. Push the cartridge all the way into the slot, then lower the latch. Push down on the latch until it locks into place. Install the color ink cartridge in the left slot in a similar manner. Lift the scanner unit upward, and fold the attach support upward. Lower the scanner unit onto the printer.

Examine the printer's right panel, and find the USB port, located near the right edge. If you are connecting the printer to a Macintosh, plug the USB cable into the port. If you are connecting the printer to a Windows PC, press the power button to turn off the device.

Insert the installation disc into your computer, and run the installer program. Click the button labeled "Easy Install" or "Install." Follow the on-screen instructions; if you are using a Windows PC, turn on the printer and connect the USB cable when prompted.

Grip the top edge of the paper support, located on the rear of the printer. Pull the support upward, then tilt it away from the printer. Separate the guides installed near the bottom of the support. Fill the support with plain paper, and slide the guides inward.