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  • Trifster Level 1 Level 1

    Well I'm back to this thread as Lexmark Printer Update 2.5 breaks printing all over again. How is Lexmark/Apple not aware this update is crap! Lexmark X4850 now not printing via wireless with error "could not open communications...".

    Trifster

  • CTK sydney Level 1 Level 1

    I'm having the same problem as Trifster on mu X6570....

    I'm albe to print via USB, but not wirelessly, says having problems communication with the printer. I'm really at my wits end with Lexmark...

     

    Can someone please help???

  • ralfzs Level 1 Level 1

    Well... I have used the procedure described in this thread to fix the printing to Lexmark X4875.

    It works -  I did it for 10.6.8 - and using the same procedure also on Lion (10.7) just use the

    10.6 drivers from Lexmark support page.

     

    Just to repeat:

     

    1. Download and install Lexmark Printer update 2.4 from Apple here: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL901

     

    2. Open Print & Fax.

     

    3. On the left side inside white box with printer(s) listed, right click and choose Reset printing system. All printers will disappear.

     

    4. In finder, navigate to /Library/Printers and move the Lexmark folder/items to trash.

     

    5. In finder, navigate to /Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources and move all Lexmark labeled files and folders to trash.

     

    If You have issues with system refusing to move some files to trash reboot Mac.

    Delete everything what has a name Lexmark (also installed_printer file). When You clean all from

    Mac - I just empty all files from Trash.

     

    6. Visit support.lexmark.com and download the latest driver installer for your printer. In my case I was the image 4800 Series Web Install.

     

    For Lion use latest Leopard drivers for 10.6 as well. There are already Lexmark drivers for 10.7 but don't use them as there is no wireless set up module - only a program that

    configures printer to use WiFi using USB ;-)

     

    7. After reinstall of drivers, Lexmark assistant found wireless printer and complete install with no errors. Printing of test page successful.

     

    8. Separate test printing a PDF doc also successful again!

  • Charles Miles Level 1 Level 1

    So I see  Lexmark Printer Update 2.6 has arrived via software update. Guess I'll do a quick backup and install to see what happens.

  • Trifster Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for being the guennia pig this go round. Do post your results!

  • Charles Miles Level 1 Level 1

    Ok, as I feared, this 2.6 update had the same effect. Printing completely foobar after installing. On my system, I've found that simply running the provided uninstaller from Lexmark (in my case located in /Library/Printers/Lexmark/2007/Lexmark 6500 Series/6500 Series Uninstaller.app) then re-running the installer downloaded from Lexmark's website here fixes the problem without having to reset the printing system (which wipes out all your printers) or even restarting. Really wish this would get fixed.

     

    Running Snow Leopard 10.6.8 on a Late 2009 iMac 21.5".

  • Harold Holbrook Level 1 Level 1
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    Charles Miles wrote:

     

    Ok, as I feared, this 2.6 update had the same effect. Printing completely foobar after installing. On my system, I've found that simply running the provided uninstaller from Lexmark (in my case located in /Library/Printers/Lexmark/2007/Lexmark 6500 Series/6500 Series Uninstaller.app) then re-running the installer downloaded from Lexmark's website here fixes the problem without having to reset the printing system (which wipes out all your printers) or even restarting. Really wish this would get fixed.

     

    Running Snow Leopard 10.6.8 on a Late 2009 iMac 21.5".

    Same thing here, and it's been that way for years.

     

    Initially, my Z-1480 printer with the Lexmark driver installed would stop working if I rebooted my Mac. Then that got fixed.

     

    But still, no matter which "Driver Update" Apple sends out in SW Update, if you install it, the printer will stop working, claiming there is a communication problem. The only solution is to use Lexmark's uninstaller, and then reinstall the Lexmark driver from the Lexmark website.

     

    This is on a Mac Pro, iMac, and Macbook Pro.

     

    Amazes me that nobody at Lexmark OR Apple ever actually tried to print something after installing these "updates."

  • Jos Nijhoff Level 1 Level 1

    I am sorry to say but this is one of the rare truly disappointing things in my long career using Mac OSX.

    I can't believe Apple and Lexmark can't get this mess sorted between them. Breaks everytime !

     

    Pretty much every Lexmark printer update from Apple on 10.5, 10.6 and now 10.7 totally breaks everything with respect to printing on our Wireless Lexmark S505 here at home. Uselessly vague CUPS errors, the works.

    I have to go and mess around uninstalling/deleting/reinstalling older drivers etc.

    Almost like i'm on Winblows or back using Oracle 11.5.2.

     

    I hadn't bothered updating and instructed my girlfriend as well (she never wants to do updates anyway),

    but Lion succered me again into trying and now I am angry and frustrated having to jump through all the hoops to fix this again. There must be loads of folks with these issues, but it's all kept rather quiet it seems.

     

    Please, please Apple get this sorted, this is unworthy for such a great company.

  • Harold Holbrook Level 1 Level 1
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    It just plain doesn't work.

     

    If you reinstall the printer software downloaded from Lexmark, after using their uninstaller, it will work.

     

    But if you ever apply the "Apple Lexmark Software Update", it will stop working and not work again until you remove it and reinstall.

     

    Even then, sometimes rebooting the Mac will break it and you have to reinstall again.

     

    The only good thing is that you don't have to do the setup of the wireless again.

  • Trifster Level 1 Level 1

    Folks,

    I've permanetly solved. instead of shelling out $60 for my next round of ink, i got a Kodak ESP 7250 on Amazon for $80. just installed it. night and day compared to headache of the Lexmark. so far the Kodak is awesome. Works great on Lion.

     

    Trifster

  • Harold Holbrook Level 1 Level 1
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    Does it use the standard Mac Print dialog, or do you have to install the Kodak software?

  • Trifster Level 1 Level 1

    Harold,

     

    Yes. After installing the software it actually directs you to go to Print&Scan in System Preferences and add the printer. It auto-magically appears as a bonjour device. It also has a scan tab in the preferences. Way better software than the Lexmark.

     

    The iphone app from Kodak needs work. Highly recommend AirPrint Activator 2 as that worked great. http://netputing.com/2011/09/05/airprint-activator-v2-1b1/

     

    This is all on 10.7 Lion.

     

    Trifster

  • matunw Level 1 Level 1

    I have spent literally hours trying to fix my lexmark; uninstalling, reinstalling etc. After following your instructions.....it works!!!

    Great, thanks sgoldwo

  • Harold Holbrook Level 1 Level 1
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    Trifster wrote:

     

    Folks,

    I've permanetly solved. instead of shelling out $60 for my next round of ink, i got a Kodak ESP 7250 on Amazon for $80. just installed it. night and day compared to headache of the Lexmark. so far the Kodak is awesome. Works great on Lion.

     

    Trifster

    I solved my problem that way too. Thanks for the tip. Junked the Lexmark, and the Kodak is serving me just fine - worked first time and every time. Can even print from the iPads. Scanner even works whereas the LIDE 100 scanner never did.

  • erinruppel Level 1 Level 1

    This fixed me too!  Thanks for the helpful info!