Why is my printer icon wrong in Tiger?

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  1. swindmill macrumors 6502a

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    After switching to Tiger my printer icon in the dock is wrong. Everwhere else it's correct though. How can I correct this? [not a big deal, but I'm particular]
     
  2. nesbitt_a macrumors 6502

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    You might need to drag the printer out of the dock, and drag a new one in. I think Tiger has some issues using old dock icons on upgrades.
     
  3. simie macrumors 6502a

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    You can correct this by opening up Preferences

    Click on Printers and Faxes

    Click on the Plus Sign (to add new printer) in the window to open up the Printer Browser.

    Then go up to the view menu and select Show Printer List.

    Now that the Printer List box is visible you can now drag your printer to the to desktop and then drag it from the desktop onto the dock.
     
  4. simie macrumors 6502a

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    You can also put a printer icon into finder by opening it up and then dragging the icon onto the left hand bar where your drives are displayed.
     
  5. swindmill thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The picture I drag onto the desktop is the correct one, but as soon as it shows up on the desktop, it becomes the wrong one.

    Is this just a screw up in Tiger with my particular printer?
     
  6. shamanskyh macrumors member

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    Here's a solution I found. (It's not pretty)

    I'm running Leopard, but give this a try. I think that it's a problem with the manufacturer not including an icon in their driver and not Tiger's fault.

    Hi, I was recently trying to do the same thing and I came across this post. After spending some time looking online for a solution, I came up with my own. It took about an hour of messing around with things but I finally found a way. It's not for novice users and it's not a complete solution. Here's a step by step of what I did:

    1. Create your .icns icon file. I use a free app called img2icns.

    2. Download your printer driver (do this even if you already have it)

    3. Install the printer driver. (You can skip this step if you've already done it)

    4. For my Xerox printer, the driver came as a package file. I don't know about other manufacturers. Anyway, you need to secondary click the pkg and go to "Show Package Contents"

    5. Here's where it gets a little tough: You need to find the PPD file for your printer. This varies greatly between manufacturers but with a little searching, you should be able to find it. Remember to "Show Package Contents" whenever you come across any .pkg files. You may have to unzip some things too.

    6. Now you have the PPD file. Make a copy of it on your desktop. (⌘C, ⌘V)

    7. Place your .icns file somewhere where it won't get deleted. You may want to create a folder for this as you'll also be putting in the driver itself. Know the path of where you put this icon.

    8. Now you'll need to edit the PPD file that is on your desktop. Open it with TextEdit.

    9. Right below: *APDialogExtension: "/Library/Printers/Xerox/PDEs/XeroxTroubleshooting.plugin", put this string of text on a new line:

    *APPrinterIconPath: "/Library/Printers/Xerox/icons/8560MFP.icns"
    NOTE: Replace what is inside the quotes with the path of your icon. You do need to keep the quotes around your path though.

    10. Save the file (⌘S) and quit TextEdit (⌘Q).

    11. Now you should move the PPD file into the same folder as your icon.

    12. Open System Preferences and begin to add a new printer.

    13. Before you do add the printer, instead of having the driver auto select or selecting from a list, select "Other..." and choose the driver that you edited.

    14. Continue adding the printer. Once you have added to the list, you may still see the generic white printer in the System Preferences Panel. This is why this isn't a great solution, but your printer icon should still show up correctly (with the one you made) when you open the Queue and when the queue is in your dock. To test this, click "Open Print Queue..."
    I hope this solution solves your problem!

    I am running :apple:OS X 10.5.6 "Leopard"
     

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