How to install printer drivers?

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  1. cluthz macrumors 68040

    cluthz

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    I've have untill recently only used a Cannon printer and thus only installed Cannon drivers (to save space on my powerbook).

    Now I have to print on a Epson (Stylus Color760) too. I've inserted my Powerbook system CD (10.4.2) and choose optional installs. All printer drivers are "grayed" out.. So I find the EpsonPrinterDrivers.pkg file and click it and follow aa installer screen.. Installation says "success!", but after restart I still have to use GIMP-print to print with my 760! The epson print-utility is also not available and I can't do nothing to check ink levels, adjust head alignment etc..

    Do i have to reinstall whol OSX to add a new printer??

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. MacEffects macrumors 6502

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    Firstly I must warn you that Most Epson Printers are much like the infamous Lexmark's they suck... That aside are you using Os 10.4.2 as your CD is?
     
  3. cluthz thread starter macrumors 68040

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    No i'm using 10.4.5 atm, and even if Epson sucks, I need to be able to use this printer.
     
  4. ftaok macrumors 601

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    Why not go to Epson's website and download the drivers from them?

    Wait, I just checked on Epson's site and it looks like the 760 is pretty old. They only had drivers for OS 8 and OS 9.

    You might be stuck with Apple's drivers and Gimp Print.
     
  5. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816

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    Have you tried booting from the CD and installing from there ?
    Or use Pacifist to extract the installer from the CD.....
     
  6. mfacey macrumors 65816

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    Occasionally it works to use the driver of a similar, more recent epson model. I've done this in the past with HP printers. You lose some functionality but its better than booting into OS9 to print
    ;)
     
  7. mfacey macrumors 65816

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    Oh and btw. I've been using an Epson CX6600 all-in-one printer for over a year now and couldn't be more satisfied. The generalisation that Epson's suck is BS. I've had an HP die on me after a year of light use. Everybody has bad luck occasionally.
     
  8. cluthz thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Ye it's from 2002 and i've used it on 10.3.x, a year back or so, on another computer and it worked great with own utility etc in osx
     
  9. cluthz thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Downloaded and installed the 780 driver (for osx) but din't improve the situation
     

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