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Setting Up a Printer

Setting a printer up to work under Mac OS X Version 10.3 can be a multi-step process. First, you set up the printer’s connections as described in the printer documentation. You’ll have to plug in the power for the printer and then plug in the cable that enables the printer to communicate with the Macintosh. Newer Mac models connect with a printer via a USB port, but Mac OS X Version 10.3 also supports printers connected via other types of connections.

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Some printers aren’t supported yet by Mac OS X. If this is the case for your printer and you’re using an older Mac that you’ve upgraded to Panther, you can still set the printer up under Mac OS 9.2 (boot to Mac OS 9.2 by restarting while holding down the Option key); then reboot to Mac OS X Version 10.3 and use the printer with Classic applications. In other cases, even when Mac OS X supports a particular printer model, it may not support all features of that model, such as custom paper sizes. Using the Software Update feature regularly can help you check for printer support improvements for Mac OS X. See the section called “Setting Software Update Preferences” in Chapter 9 to learn more about downloading Mac OS X Version 10.3 updates. Finally, if you upgraded to Mac OS X Version 10.3 from an earlier Mac OS X version, you may need to delete and reinstall a printer to make sure it works and to take advantage of the latest drivers included with Mac OS X Version 10.3. Also check your printer manufacturer’s Web site for updated drivers and help with using your printer with Mac OS X Version 10.3.


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