11 Replies Latest reply: Apr 27, 2010 5:31 PM by jbiancar
shadowvulcan826 Level 1 Level 1
Hey guys,

I just "converted" from PC, and got the new 27" iMac. I've learned that there is no compatibility for Dell printers. How can I use my Dell printer (Dell Photo AIO 966 Printer) in Snow Leopard? Any ideas?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.3), 2.66 ghz Intel Core i5, 1 TB Hard Drive, 8 GB RAM
Solved by Dave Stowe on Apr 12, 2010 7:13 PM Solved
Snow Leopard can check to see if a driver might show up for the printer by simply plugging it in with a USB cable to the iMac....turn on the printer...and run the Software Updater...it might come up with a driver....
Reply by inandoutofgrace on Apr 11, 2010 12:30 AM Helpful
First try just plugging your printer in and seeing if it works. Snow Leopard comes with some generic print drivers that work with many printers.

If that doesn't work, have a look here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3669

Another place to look around is MacInTouch, another user-driven troubleshooting site:
http://www.macintouch.com/readerreports/printing/index.html
http://www.macintouch.com/readerreports/snowleopard/index.html

Finally, if you can figure out who made the print engine in your printer (chances are it's not actually manufactured by Dell), this open source driver has helped a lot of people: http://gutenprint.sourceforge.net/pSupportedPrinters.php

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Reply by inandoutofgrace on Apr 12, 2010 7:01 PM Helpful
For the Mac side, try searching "Dell 966 Lexmark" on your favorite search engine. If your printer indeed has a Lexmark print engine, you might be able to find a driver on Lexmark's website or be able to use Gutenprint. You also might come across some workarounds devised by other people in the same boat as you.

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