Setting Up a New Printer

Regardless of the kind of printer you buy, the basic hookup steps are similar. The process usually takes just a few minutes from the time you crack open the box until the printer is up and running.


The setup steps for inkjets and laser printers are similar, so I'll describe them together here, with a few notes to show where things might diverge:

  1. Unpack your printer and check the device for little bits of tape and cardboard that are left from shipping.


    I cannot overemphasize the need to remove packing materials before you try to use a printer. Some of those little bits of tape and cardboard can literally lock up the printer (maybe damage the delicate plastic parts inside) if you try to use it without removing this material. If in doubt, check the printer's setup manual for information.

  2. Plug it in to the power source (AC line or power strip) and install the ink cartridges or toner assembly (whichever applies) as instructed by the manufacturer.


    Inkjet printers are usually set up so you actually have to turn them on and push a button to move the inkwells into the proper place for installation of the cartridge or cartridges (some models do it automatically when you open the cover). In addition to documentation, such printers might also have a chart inside to show you how to install cartridges.

  3. Use the appropriate connection cable to attach the printer to your computer. Some makers include the cable, other printers come without, so you have to buy it separately (like the battery for your child's brand new toy). Depending on the kind of printer or connection setup you have, you will be using either the Ethernet port or a USB port (you can use the empty jack on your keyboard for the latter connection).


    If you're using an Ethernet printer, you will either need to install a hub (a special connection interface) or use a crossover cable (which is designed for a direct connection between your computer and another Ethernet device) for the hookup to work. Check with your dealer for the requirements.

  4. Get out the manufacturer's software CD, insert it into your computer's drive, and install the printing software.


    If you bought a new printer, check the manufacturer's Web site or www. versiontracker .com for the latest printer software. Most new printers ship ready to roll with Mac OS X, but sometimes updates online are newer (and better) than the ones shipped with the product.

    If you purchased a new printer that doesn't work with Mac OS X, and OS X support was promised (this is important!), take the printer back to the dealer and ask to exchange it for a compatible model. You shouldn't have to contend with a problem here, because most dealers will give you a money-back guarantee on new merchandise.

After the software installation is done, you are ready to add the printer so your computer will recognize it.

Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Digital Media. All In One
Sams Teach Yourself Mac OS X Digital Media All In One
ISBN: 0672325322
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 349 © 2008-2017.
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