How the hell do you restore deleted printer drivers?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SoldOnApple, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. SoldOnApple macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2011
    I deleted printer drivers to save space on my Air, but then after I couldn't find any of my colleges library printers on the wireless. I Googled, couldn't find anything, I went to help desk and they couldn't help and there is no Apple Store in my city. So the best I could do was buy a USB driver, and when I want to print I book a desktop computer in the library, transfer the files I want onto the USB drive, and print off the desktop. I got sick of this after a few months and just bought a printer, but that ran out of ink.

    So I just really want to get the wireless printing ability back, I must have wasted hundreds of hours waiting for a desktop over this past year just to print. I'm just about ready to buy a new Air actually, in order to get printing ability back, but that would mean making huge sacrifices in other areas of my life. So is there any way to get the ability to "see" the library printers again and print to them, or is it too late now? I thought this would be an easy problem to fix months ago, but no one actually knows how to fix this and I can't even get a single Google result of someone else having the same problem, my Google searches for this problem are getting so specific that I'm getting no results. For whatever reason, the printers just don't show up when I go to print, it doesn't give me the option to redownload the drivers because it doesn't even detect the printers. The drivers never come over system update either.

    It's getting to be a big problem, it takes a few hours to book a computer and get a chance to print so I often just put it off and I can't print off things at the last minute for assignments or tutorials. It's just a massive headache, just another thing that just doesn't work.
  2. Zerozal macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2009
    Have you tried:
    Go to System Preferences and select Printers. Click the "+" on the left of the screen to add a new printer and select the appropriate printer. It should prompt you to download the driver if it's not already installed.
  3. SoldOnApple thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2011
    Ah yes, I have tried that. I see my home USB printer, the drivers which I installed from the included CD. When I click the + see nothing under the "Default" tab, Fax has "Bluetooth DUN", IP has three protocols to choose from, clicking any of them doesn't do anything (the "Print Using" drop menu has "Choose a Driver or Printer Model" greyed out), and "Windows" tab has nothing. If this is where the library wifi printers are meant to appear, they are not appearing :(
  4. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

    Jolly Jimmy

    Dec 13, 2007
    Sounds like you probably deleted more than just the printer drivers. Do a backup and perform an archive and install of OS X.
  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    Have you tried the printer manufacture's website to download the drivers?

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