Currently Being ModeratedMar 21, 2012 4:01 AM (in response to Avalies)
Edit: It does work after all!!! The only thing is: you have to restart your Mac. Don't forget that, it's not described in the instructions from Paul but for me it was necessary to get my printers back!
Hurray, Paul, you're my absolute hero!!!
Currently Being ModeratedJul 24, 2012 2:34 PM (in response to MacRussell)
YOU ARE AMAZING. Thank you so much for posting your solution and such detailed instructions on how to fix it! So many people post "solutions" that are extremely complex and completely un-followable for us normal folk who are NOT computer geniuses...your instructions wer crystal clear and you even thoughtfully put the paths in there for us like Macintosh HD>etc>etc>etc. Thank you thank you thank you again!!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 6, 2012 9:28 AM (in response to Paul in LA)
You made my day!
I jsut right clicked on one specific printer to 'reset' but it removed me everything, even network printers etc.
Very good instruction and I got my printers back.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 13, 2013 9:19 AM (in response to Paul in LA)
(A few months later....) I've done exactly the same thing with regards to accidentally 'resetting the print system'. I've read through your instructions which look invaluable. However I've got the slight extra problem of not having Time Machine backup on that side of things. I've only been using Time Machine to back up my external drive of files. Now I include the MacHD drive too but the horse has already bolted.
My Kodak 5250 printer won't show up in my Preferences when I try to add it. It shows up as being plugged in via USB but at Print Using:.. Choose a Drive or Printer Model, I just get options for Select Printer Software which takes me to an empty box, or Other which then leaves me stuck as to what to select.
Can you or anyone help me out here? What has Resetting Print System actually done and how can I get repair it? Many thanks Paul J
Currently Being ModeratedJan 13, 2013 4:49 PM (in response to pajcksn)
What has Resetting Print System actually done and how can I get repair it?
Resetting the printer system has deleted your printers. Without a time machine backup, you can either reinstall your printer, or you can attempt the instructions of member @ncprius2 on the first page of this thread. I dunno if that will work or not, because like I said before, I'm not an expert by any means. But if his instructions work, then you won't need the time machine backup of the printers. Let us know how it goes. Good luck!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2013 1:54 AM (in response to pajcksn)
Well it's finally sorted. Chatted with someone from Kodak who suggested one very simple little procedure.
After installing the Kodak software... I then needed to Reset The Printing System again. And then it appeared and now works as normal.
Thank you for your response anyway.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 17, 2013 11:18 AM (in response to Paul in LA)
I had used Migration Assistant yesterday from 2011 MacBook Pro to brand new 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, and though I had selected everything to be transferred, I noticed when looking at the new computer that none of the printer information was there. Your post allowed me to pull what I needed off the most recent backup and get them set up again without having to go find IP addresses in 5 different buildings!
Currently Being ModeratedJul 4, 2013 6:08 AM (in response to Paul in LA)
Paul, thanks a lot for writing all of this. You are really great! I used your instruction on OS 10.7.5. It works here too! I got my printers back again. For me it was very important because Canon, producer of my printer seemed to forgot to update drivers to the next OS level. So I tried to delete it and anstall again. It was wrong! It turned out there was no new printer driver (MG2550) to newer OS. And I lost a pretty few hours trying to get it back. But - thanks to you - I did not loose not my printer. Cheers!
Currently Being ModeratedAug 8, 2013 5:07 PM (in response to Paul in LA)
This completely worked!!! Thank you so much! Just fyi I have a late MacBook Air purchased in January 2012 (I think), Mac OS X 10.7.5.
Just a note on some things I did a bit differently:
1. I moved the cupsd.conf.O file over from my backup to my HD and just left it there, no special temporary folders.
2. I also moved over cupsd.conf and cupsd.conf.bak files but because I did already have them in my HD (they were never deleted), I was asked if I wanted to replace the files or add them additionally. I chose the latter (you never know).
Then I checked my printer folder and . . . nothing. So I was worried this wasn't going to work for me. I just kept opening my preferences but within about five minutes, all the printers popped back into the queue. Like magic! So just have more patience than I had.
I haven't tried printing anything yet but I'm so thrilled to have found this posting since so many posts on here don't seem to quite inform you what to do next. With this step by step process, I found this pretty easy, especially for those of us that aren't quite Terminal savy. So thanks again Paul in LA!!