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Dell 3000cn drivers for MacOS X

  • Hallo all,

    I recently got a Dell 3000cn. There was about Postscript support at the specifications, but when I print from Mac, I see only an abrakadabra on the printed page:

    %!PS-Adobe-3.0
    %RBINumCopies: 1
    %%Pages: (atend)
    %APL_DSC_Encoding: UTF8
    %%Title:

    Does anybody have a link for that printer's driver for MacOS X?
  • Hmmm... are you sure the 3000cn _is_ Mac compatible?

    If it is, have a look at the print settings: some apps allow you to chose between ASCII and binary Postscript output. See if switching that option helps.

    Message Edited by John Nolan on 10-11-2006 05:53 AM

  • It is not Mac compatible. I was promised that it works with MacOS, and now I get that it was not true.
    I force it to work with CUPS http://www.cups.org/ and Gutenprint http://gutenprint.sourceforge.net/p_Features.php3. It works with PPD (driver analog) "Generic PCL6". And there is one problem - it doesn't print color. So I think that I have to find PPD for another printer of the same manufacturer as the Dell's 3000cn manufacturer. But I have no idea what manufacturer builds Dell 3000cn.
  • The entire 3000/3100cn laser printer line are rebadged Fuji-Xerox of Japan products, unfortunately that company has virtually no presence in North America as far as I know. Another hint is some of these printers are also rebadged as Epson products in Europe and elsewhere, I believe as their 1100 series lasers. You can search for drivers that might work via those 2 companies. Good luck.
  • Go to https://sourceforge.net/forum/message.php?msg_id=3798816 for how to print in colour from a Mac with your Dell 3000cn... works for me!

    Message Edited by sccoaire on 10-14-2006 05:14 PM

  • Thanks Jonathan! I have read that thread, and I have successfully installed "HP Color LaserJet 5000 Foomatic/hpijs". But pxlmono PPD (www.linuxprinting.org/show_driver.cgi?driver=pxlmono) doesn't work with my printer. I think that PPD was modified since you download it (with this: www.mit.edu/~jik/3000cn/foomatic-3000cn.patch.html). Now it may works with Linux, but not with MacOS. Would you please send me original PPD to avp at esmile dot ru?
  • Couperin, thanks! That ppd works, but only b&w.
  • I moved my printer today and had to re-install on a different Mac... this was for the Mac by the way, not Linux. The PPD works fine, but you have to make sure you install espgs-7.07.1.ppc.dmg and foomatic-rip-3.43.2.15.ppc.dmg.
  • It works! I don't understand what was the problem, but I did the same and the printer printed "Kernel error". Now I repeat installing of espgs-7.07.1.ppc.dmg and foomatic-rip-3.43.2.15.ppc.dmg and that error was fixed. It prints with the same quality as Windows driver. Thank you!!!
  • Hi,

    I've installed espgs-7.07.1.ppc.dmg, foomatic-rip-3.43.2.15.ppc.dmg and pxlmono PPD, but can still only print in B&W. What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks for the help.
  • Do you print on "HP Color LaserJet 5000 Foomatic/pxlmono"? Maybe, printer is in a b/w mode? Check it: http://(your printer IP) -> "Printer settings" -> "Color Mode" = "Color". You can switch it: "Printer settings" on left menu -> "Printer settings" -> "PCL settings" -> "Color Mode". Or set by the front panel buttons.
  • Yes, make sure you check that setting, it got me at first too. Another thing to point out for the sake of future readers: I installed that printer on a iBook at home this weekend and had to restart the computer after I installed espgs-7.07.1.ppc.dmg, foomatic-rip-3.43.2.15.ppc.dmg, even though it didn't ask to restart. So if you get errors when trying to print after you've installed these 2, just restart.

    Another thing I noticed is how long it takes to print. The spooling process was very long for just a one page web page print job, with graphics. I'm talking about a full minute to spool and begin the print process... as opposed to a couple of seconds when printing the same from a Windows machine.

    Message Edited by sccoaire on 10-19-2006 12:34 PM

  • My printer is not a network printer, it is connected to my Mac directly. How do I check printer settings then?

    Thanks again.
  • Use the front panel controls. Look in the manual for instructions.