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How to Send a Firmware or Engine Code File to a USB-attached Laser Printer in MAC OS 10.x

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Overview

 

There are two ways of flashing firmware in a USB attached printer in a Mac operating system. This document will outline both options.

 


 

 

Option 1

  

One way to update the firmware or engine code on any Lexmark laser printer through the USB port on a MAC OS 10.x is by installing the TOOLS.DMG package. This package includes the Printer File Loader, a small application that will send the firmware file directly to the printer. Follow the instructions below.

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Start by installing PrinterFileLoader.dmg on your computer. To do this:

1.   Click here to download the PrinterFileLoader file to your desktop.
2.   Double-click on the file.
3.   The Introduction screen will appear. 
4.   Click Continue. The Installation Read Me screen will appear.
5.   Click Continue. The License Agreement appears.
6.  

Read the License Agreement and click Continue.
If you agree to the license, click AGREE. If not, click DISAGREE. NOTE: If you select DISAGREE, the installation will abort.

7.   Select a destination volume for the Tools software.  (This is usually the operating system's hard drive.)  Click Continue.
8.   Click Upgrade to install the software package.
9.   Once the screen says Successfully Installed, click Close.

 

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You can now download the required firmware or engine code file to the Macintosh.

 

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To send the file through the Printer File Loader:

1.   Open the MAC HardDrive.
2.   Double-click on Applications.
3.  

Double-click on Utilities.

4.  

Locate the Printer File Loader and double-click on it. The following screen appears:


 

5.  

Choose Edit Printer List... The Printer Browser will appear.


 

6.  

Click on the USB heading and then search for your printer in the list.

7.   When you find the printer, select it and click Add. The printer will now appear at the bottom of the screen.
8.   Click Done to close the window.
9.   Now click the down arrow next to Edit Printer List... and select your printer.
10.   Locate your firmware or engine code file by clicking the "Set" button.
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Once your file has been selected, click Send.  

IMPORTANT: When sending the file, make sure the printer is at either a READY or an Invalid Engine Code state. If it is posting another message, this will probably interfere with the communication between the printer and the MAC. It is also recommended that the cable be plugged directly into the back of the MAC, not through a keyboard, USB multiport hub, or any other third-party device.

 

 

 

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Option 2

 

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Make sure the printer is connected to the Mac via USB cable.

 

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Open up the terminal and type “lpstat -v” then press Enter to display the printer installed. Copy the URL of the connected printer.

 

 

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Create another print queue by typing: “lpadmin –p [name of the print queue] –v then [paste the URL earlier] –E

Press Enter.

Note: In the example below, the firmware is set as the print queue name.

 

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Type “lpstat –v” and press Enter to see the list of printers. You should be able to see the new print queue that was just created.

 

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Using the ‘ls’ command, set the directory to where the file is located before sending the firmware to the printer.

Note:ls’ is the same as ‘dir’ in Windows.

 

 

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Once you are in the right directory, proceed with typing in “lpr –P [name of print queue] firmware filename

Press Enter.

 

 

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Check the printer status and you should see it running the Update Firmware sequence. Once the printer is back to Ready, print out Menu Settings Pages and see “Device Information” to verify that the firmware did change.

 

 

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