One of the things that really should “just work” in the Apple environment is printing. Printers are a piece of hardware “sent from hell” and it doesn’t get any easier just because you have a Mac. See this insightful Oatmeal comic for why that is.
Printer drivers don’t keep up, perhaps because of the endless variants created mostly to sell ink cartridges, toners and other useless add-ons.
Unfortunately, Mac OS X Lion does not include drivers for the Samsung ML-1210, a cheap old black and white laser printer that I bought years ago. I should’ve remembered this as I had the same problem on OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard. The following solution works on all those variants:
In common with other variants of OS X, Lion supports CUPS – the Common Unix Printing System. This means that generic open-source drivers are available to use that enable Lion (and indeed Leopard, and Snow Leopard) to successfully print using this printer.
There are three separate pieces of software to install, including the driver, but all can be found at this page on the Linux Foundation website.
Samsung Laser Printers - How to Install and Add a Printer Using Mac OS. This document explains how to install the printer driver and add a Samsung printer using a Mac computer. Use the following steps to install the printer driver. Once the software has successfully installed, continue to the next section to add a printer. DOWNLOAD Samsung ML-6040 Printer Driver 2.0 for Mac OS. COMPATIBLE WITH: Mac file size: 1.1 MB. Samsung ML-6040 Printer Driver 2.0 2011-10-20; CATEGORY: Printer / Scanner.
Essentially, you need to download each Disk Image listed (Samsung GDI, Foomatic-RIP and GPL-GS) and run the installer inside each one.
Once you’ve done this, open System Preferences and then click Print & Scan. Click on the small + icon on the left which should bring up the Add Printer dialog box. Samsung ML-1210 should already be listed and, under ‘Print using the Samsung ML-1210 Foomatic/gdi driver should already be selected.
Click ‘Add’ and the printer will be added to the list of available printers on your system. Sorted!
Although Samsung stopped providing official Mac OS drivers for the ML-1210 laser printer long ago, it is still possible to use this venerable old laser printer with the latest Mac OS X.
First download the latest Open Source Samsung-GDI for Mac OS X and GPL Ghostscript for Mac OS X packages from The Linux Foundation.
Next you’ll need the Foomatic-RIP package, but don’t download the latest version!
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You need to use Foomatic-RIP version 3.0.2 (dated 30th January 2008), otherwise your print-outs will include a top margin which you can’t remove. Fortunately the older working version is still available from OpenPrinting.org.
Open each downloaded disk image in turn and run the installers. When all three packages have been installed you are ready to add the printer.
Connect your printer using an appropriate USB cable. Now go to Mac OS X System Preferences and select ‘Print & Scan’. Click on the ‘+’ button and a new ‘Add Printer’ window will open.
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Assuming your printer is connected you should see ‘Samsung ML-1210’ already in the printer window. Click on that printer name and then open the drop-down list of printer drivers next to “Print Using”. Select ‘Samsung ML-1210 Foomatic/GDI’ and then the ‘Add’ button.
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Your printer has been added. Legacy printer revival achievement unlocked!