I'm running a Mac with OS 10.4.7 networked to a C70 w/Fiery. Does anybody know of a older driver that might work with setup. Fiery could be bypassed. We prefer to print simple jobs straight from driver.
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You will never find a driver that will work fully. Especially if this 10.4 is Power PC, not intel, nobody has made drivers or software for that platform in a long time.
So that will leave you with the :
Supported way = Save as pdf and import into CWS and set your properties there.
1. Get a Fiery Express driver installed from EFI.com and hope to get basic functionality to work (duplex, stock selection)
2. Setup any driver for any fiery that you can source for 10.4 and print to the hold queue on the Fiery. Modify anything needed via CWS before print.
There really is no good answer sadly, Even Apple dropped support entirely for the OS in 2009.
If the C70 has the Postscript kit (probably not if you paid for the Fiery) you could skip the Fiery, use the Mac PPD for the integrated controller, and print using HP Jet Direct port (put :9200) after the IP address when you create it, and the print will go straight to the copier and you will have full ability of the C70, but nothing Fiery specific, and the job will not show in CWS.
But if the C70 has no PS kit, you are out of luck, there are no PCL drivers for Macs
Thank you Joe.
Like the "save as pdf and import to CWS". Works well. I'll try the Postscript using HP Jet Direct connection solution. That style of connection is completely new to me. Very good details.
It isn't widely known and isn't an option on all devices.
EFi allows prints to bypass the Fiery on port 9200. So on a Windows PC you can install with the port set to RAW and simply leave the port as 9100 (Default port for RAW) and it goes to the Fiery, but if you want to print to the copier and want no trace of the job to ever see the Fiery, you can use 9200. But if you use the Fiery driver it will definitely fail, because the copier/printer does not understand the language of the EFI Fiery.
So you need the Xerox driver. But...
The C70 is most likely sold with a Fiery, so Xerox simply doesn't by default put a Postscript interpreter in the C70, they make it a paid option, for multiple reasons. It can be left with less hardware, less software and less licensing cost. This isn't a consideration in most devices, but why add features that are just going to be bypassed by the Fiery? It saves the company (Xerox) money, and possibly the customer (not paying for a printer that has features they are not going to use)
Mac's just name it differently, In Windows it is called RAW and on a Mac, it is HP Jet Direct.
Mac doesn't show the port number, but you can add it in the address. So if the Fiery is on 192.168.1.100, you can bypass it to get to the printer by simply using HP Jet Direct to 192.168.1.100:9200
The big issue is Macs hate PCL. So you are limited. If you use Generic PCL it will work. If you use Generic PS it may work, and if it doesn't, will either print PS code (a lot of pages of gibberish) or display a fault (I can't for the life of me remember what the fault code is)
Great explanation. Hopefully my novice skills can get these options to work. The 9200 HP Direct connection sounds promising - I'll need to confirm if the required printer options are available.
Again, Thank you. Very detailed and easy to understand info.