OS X 10.7 (Lion) doesn’t include drivers for some older printers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them with Lion — even if you can’t find an installer!
Assuming you already have the printer driver you need installed on another Mac, just copy it from Library/Printers/PPDs to a removable device like a Flash drive. Connect that to your Lion Mac, then launch System Preferences and choose Print & Scan.
Now add the printer as you normally would. When Lion can’t find the right driver, choose Other from the Print Using pop-up menu and select the driver that’s on your removable drive. If you already set up your printer with the wrong driver, select the printer from the Printers list, click Options & Supplies, then choose the Driver tab to see the Print Using pop-up menu.
Now you can select the right driver as if you were setting up the printer for the first time.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.