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what current printers are supported on an Emac?

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bobgoldstein Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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May 22, 2013 7:04 PM

My sister has our old Emac, but her old printer died. Can someone suggest a current printer that ban be cbought new, which will work with the Emac?

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,570 points)
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    May 23, 2013 7:18 AM (in response to bobgoldstein)

    Avoid a multifunction machine as their functions other than "print" commonly are no longer supported on PowerPC Macs like the eMac.


    I helped a friend with three 15-year old G3 Powerbooks running OS10.3.9 buy an new printer last year. We found a Canon for which 10.3.9 drivers were still availale on the Canon website. Brother is also good about legacy Mac support.

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,570 points)
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    May 23, 2013 8:20 AM (in response to bobgoldstein)

    A suggestion: research the printer companies' web sites, NOT the sellers'. While shopping for the one we bought for the ancient PowerBooks, I noticed that tech and sysreq info on Staple's, Amazon's, and other retailer sites were not accurate. Our purchase of the Canon was based on info I found on Canon's site.

  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,115 points)
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    May 23, 2013 1:22 PM (in response to bobgoldstein)

    Can you tell us more about your eMac?

    Year CPU speed, what version of OS X and the amount of RAM?



    I am not sure about now, but two years ago, I bought a new multifunction HP printer for my Mom's eMac and it had drivers for OS X 10.4.11. All of the printer and scanner functions work great on her eMac. It's running OS X 10.5.8, now.


    To bobgoldstein,

    You need to look at the websites of all of the printer manufacturer's

    Check Canon, Brother, Lexmark, HP, Epson, all of them and check their driver support sections to see what minimum OS X versions they still support on the printers you are considering.

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,570 points)
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    May 23, 2013 1:59 PM (in response to MichelPM)

    Again, print-only support is not hard to find but I've helped a number of people with PPC Macs and newer HP MF units and scan/copy/FAX support starts with Snow Leopard for many of their models.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,005 points)
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    May 27, 2013 11:30 AM (in response to bobgoldstein)

    Pretty much any printer with 10.4 compatible printer drivers will work with PowerPC Macs running Mac OS X. Canon's Pixma MX 700 works with PowerMacs.    Finding the older drivers is a matter of searching on the websites.  PPC=PowerMac.  My FAQ should help*:


    OS X Mountain Lion, * Links may give me compensation


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