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How to Install Lexmark Printer Drivers on a Macintosh Operating System

Document ID:HO3732
 
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Problem

Mac driver installation; Installing in a Mac; Mac installation; Driver installation;

Environment

Mac OS X 10.4.x; Mac OS X 10.5.x; Mac OS X 10.6.x; Mac OS X 10.7.x; Mac OS X 10.8.x; Mac OS X 10.9.x;

Solution

Overview


This article details the step-by-step procedures for how to install your local (USB) or network connected Lexmark printer on your Mac Operating System.

NOTE: Make sure you select your installation path below based on printer compatibility and driver type. See the Lexmark Compatibility Page to determine your printer's operating system compatibility.

 

Installation or Software Update Recommendations


Your software/driver source is... Then for installation instructions...
Installation CD for OS X 10.5 - 10.7... See Section A below.
Lexmark Web-downloaded driver installation for OS X 10.4 and later... See Section B below.
Apple's Software Update for OS X 10.6 or later... See Section C below.

NOTE: Mac OS 10.6.x and below users will see Print & Fax, Mac OS X 10.7 and Mac OS X 10.8 users will see Print & Scan, and Mac OS X 10.9 users will see Printers and Scanners in the instructions below.

 

Section A. CD Installation


IMPORTANT:
These steps apply to Mac OS X10.5 – X10.7 only. 

Step Action
1 Insert the installation disc into your Mac.
2 Double-click on the <Series>Installer icon to start the installation.
3 Follow the instructions that you see on your computer screen.
4 The installation process ends with the Printer Setup screen of the Lexmark Setup Assistant.

 

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Section B. Lexmark Web Package Driver Installation (Downloadable driver from the Lexmark Website)


IMPORTANT:
These steps apply to Mac OS 10.4 and later or for any web driver downloaded from the Lexmark website. Again, for more information, visit the Lexmark Compatibility Page.

Using Local (USB) connection

Step Action
1

Remove any previously installed drivers by locating and running the Uninstaller application.

Uninstaller location:

From Finder, navigate to Mac HD > Application > Lexmark and double-click on Uninstaller.
2

If you have not already downloaded the latest driver, go back to the Lexmark website, select your printer and OS version to obtain the correct driver.

Note: Click here to view the steps on how to download the latest driver.

3
Double-click on the Install icon and follow the instructions on your computer screen.
 
4
The installation process ends with the Printer Setup screen of the Lexmark Setup Assistant.
 

Using Network (Ethernet) or Wireless connection

NOTE:  Proceed to Step 3 if your printer is already communicating wirelessly or with an established Ethernet connection.    

Make sure the printer is turned ON and Ready and make sure your computer is communicating on the network.

Step Action
1

Pick a method to join your wireless network.

Consider/If... Then... And then... More information...

You want to use the default installation method...

Note: You will need a USB cable for this method.

Double-click on the Install icon. Follow the instructions on your computer screen for the network connection type being used. Click here for a wireless connection example.

Wi-Fi Protected Setup

Your printer and wireless router supports WPS*.

Optionally, you can join your network using this process.

To activate WPS push button method from the printer:

  1. Press (Setup) > Network Setup > Wireless Networking > Wi-Fi Protected Setup > PBC
  2. Quickly go to the wireless router to press its WPS button and wait for configuration to complete
  3. Repeat if necessary.
Go to Step 3. Click here for more WPS information. Or,  see your printer or router User's Guide.

Ethernet-to-Wireless Setup

The printer is already communicating with wired Ethernet connection and you would like to switch to wireless.

Obtain the printer's IP address and navigate to Settings > Network/Ports > Wireless to configure your security settings. Go to Step 3. Click here for an example. 

2

Important! If your printer is not Bonjour-enabled, you will need to obtain the printer's IP address; e.g., 192.168.0.125.

To obtain the printer IP address:

  • Printers with touchscreens: press or  .
  • Navigate to the printer's Network Menu to locate the address.
  • Printers without touchscreens: navigate to the printer's Network Menu and locate the address.
  • Or, print the Network settings or Menu settings page and look under TCP/IP.
3

Add the print queue.

To do this:

  1. From the Apple menus, navigate to either of the following:

    System Preferences > Print & Scan or System Preferences > Print & Fax.

  2. Click on the [+] sign and then the Default Tab.

  3. On the Default tab, select (highlight) the printer from the list of discovered printers.

    Option: For printers that do not support Bonjour, select IP tab, select Internet Protocol (IPP) or HP JetDirect Socket under the Protocol tab, and then enter the printer IP Address.

  4. The system will automatically search for the applicable driver.

    Note: If the printer driver is not found, select it manually from the Print Using drop-down list. Click Others and search for your printer model's corresponding PPD file.

  5. Click Add.

A print queue will now be created under system preferences.

To verify this: 

Go to System Preferences > Print and Scan or System Preferences > Print and Fax.

Post-installation WSA NOTE: WSA locations should you need to re-run this application:

  • Inside the Lexmark <Model> Series installation folder
  • Directory path: <HD Volume>/Library/Printers/Lexmark/2### folder; i.e., 2009


Click here
for a Bonjour example.

 

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Section C. Installing drivers bundled through Apple Software Update


IMPORTANT:
These steps apply to Mac OS X10.6 or later. For more information, visit the Lexmark Compatibility Page.

Using Local (USB) connection

Step Action
1
Turn on the printer.
 
2
Attach the printer to your computer using the USB Cable.
 
3

If no previously installed printer is detected, a dialog will display saying, "Would you like to download and install software for <Lexmark Model >?"

Click Install.

4

A print queue is automatically created in your system preferences.

To verify successful print queue creation:

Go to System Preferences > Print and Scan or System Preferences > Print and Fax.

Using Wireless or Network (Ethernet) connection

Using Wireless Network

Step Action
1
Make sure the printer is turned on and ready, also that it is connected to the same wireless network as with the Mac.
 
2 To set up your printer on the wireless network:

- Use the front panel of the printer if applicable.
- Use the Embedded Web Server of the printer to connect to a wireless network, click here for more information.
- Use the Wireless Setup Assistant software if available, click here for more information.
3 Obtain the printer IP address either:

- From the printer control panel.
- From the TCP/section in the Network/menu.
- By printing a network setup page or menu settings page, and then finding the TCP/section.
4
Then proceed to Step 2 below.
 

Using Network (Ethernet connection)

Step Action
1
Press the power button to turn ON the printer.
 
2 Note: Connect the printer to your network using the Ethernet Cable (unless already connected wirelessly.)

From the Apple menu, navigate to either of the following:
    
    System Preferences > Print & Scan
    System Preferences > Print & Fax
3
Click on the [+] sign and then the Default Tab.
 
4

Select the Printer Name that you want to be installed. Click Add button and follow the instructions on your computer screen.


 

5

A print queue is automatically created in your system preferences.

To verify successful print queue creation:

Go to System Preferences > Print and Scan or System Preferences > Print and Fax.

 

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Still Need Help?


If you require additional assistance, please contact Lexmark Technical Support. NOTE: When calling for support, you will need your printer/model type and serial number (SN).

Please call from near the computer and printer in case the technician on the phone asks you to perform a task on this device.

 



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