Help printing to a Dell A940

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  1. sbluetruck macrumors regular

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    i know that there are no drivers out there for this printer. i've scowered the web in hopes of something that might work but i am soemwhat confused. i know that Dell printers are made by Lexmark, but would the Lexmark driver work for this Dell printer???

    http://www.linuxprinting.org/show_printer.cgi?recnum=Dell-Photo_AIO_Printer_940

    http://www.linuxprinting.org/show_printer.cgi?recnum=Lexmark-x5150

    will this Lexmark driver work for this Dell printer?

    i have tried using the Dell as a generic postscript printer with no luck. The Dell it's connected to shows the print dialogue and finishes, yet nothing prints. I know just about absolutely nothing about CUPS or GIMP drivers whatever so any help is appreciated!!!

    Thanks!!!

    oh, i'm printing over the WAN btw.
     
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  3. sbluetruck thread starter macrumors regular

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    what does turning it into a postscript printer do? would it make some functions unusable?
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Sometimes you have to accept the plain meaning of words. Your Dell is listed by the Linux Foundation as a paperweight. This means that it has no internal intelligence to emulate. If it has a printer control language, then the CUPS project could develop a driver which translates PostScript into the printer's native language. Your printer can only accept a rendered pixmap from a Windows computer and dump it to paper. If someone develops a Windows-based PostScript RIP (raster image processor) for your Dell, then you would be golden. You would then be able to use a Windows computer as a printer server for your printer. This is what gsahli was talking about. However, you could buy an inexpensive MacOS X-compatible printer for less than a PostScript RIP.
     
  5. sbluetruck thread starter macrumors regular

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    i also have a fairly new HP printer, but it has what i assume to be a bad scanner bulb and hasn't been working well. i know this would work but it's one of those things where, do you want to have two printers when you only need one?


    so basically if i turned the Dell into a post script i'd lose my scanner functionality?

    could i add it as another printers as a post script printer so i'd have "two" printers even though it'd be one?

    hey, reminds me of hyperthreading.... i bet it won't work as well :rolleyes:
     
  6. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    You would have to set up and run a PC (Windows computer) as a print server, connect the Dell printer to the PC, and then make the PC appear to the Mac as a networked Postscript printer, through an assortment of opensource software.
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    We are telling you how it would work if it could work. Unfortunately for you, it doesn't work. You need to cut your losses and move on.
     
  8. gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    The Dell will continue to work with the PC just the same. By following the procedure in the link (which CanadaRAM explained correctly), you can get printing capability from a Mac through the PC as server.
    It's free - it's worth a try.
     
  9. sbluetruck thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for all the help guys!!! maybe things would improve with Leopard??? haha, it's a longshot.

    i'll just try and get this "brand new" hp working... two years old and hardly any use.

    oh well.
     

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