how do I get a printer to appear?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by canuksker, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. canuksker macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2005
    I have an old power mac 6200/132 running OS 8 that I use for my curriculum at school and an old grade book program that I like. I have changed schools and everything else in my room is now Dells and hps and no one can help me with this dinosaur. The printer went out and I got a laserwriter select 360 used and it ofcourse came without software. I found the driver, laserwriter 8.1, and dropped it into the extension folder. But the chooser doesn't bring up my printer and won't work if I choose any of the listed printers. I did a find on my computer and found a document that was labeled "laserwriter select 360" and tried putting that into the extension folder, but the printer still did not appear in the chooser.

    I know I am one the the very few people running OS8, but hopefully someone remembers what I need to do to get the printer to show up in the chooser.

    Or where could I find the original software to load on the computer?
  2. screensaver400 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2005
    No offense, but why bother with the thing? A refurb mac mini is $399 now, and you'll be able to do so much more with it.
  3. osprey76 macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    You can find old software here:

    That includes the LaserWriter software. It appears 8.5.1 is the latest version. The printer section is about halfway down the page (which is long.) Also grab the .txt file for notes about the release.

    You might think about finding newer software next summer. If something fails on your machine, you could be in a world of hurt. Getting parts and help for something that old (in the tech world) will only get harder.

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