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Apple updates drivers for Samsung, HP, FujiXerox printers

updated 09:10 pm EDT, Wed August 8, 2012

Update adds new models, revisions for 10.6 and higher

On Wednesday, Apple updated printer and scanner drivers for OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and higher, including the new Mountain Lion release. Samsung drivers have been updated to version 2.5, while HP devices have been updated to v2.9. Also updated were various FujiXerox drivers, to version 2.2.1. Users of older Mac systems will find the relevant updates for their systems through Software Update. Mountain Lion users will see the drivers through the Mac App Store for the first time.

The Samsung update is unusual in that it appears to have modified exactly one model of printer: the Samsung ML-2580, which is a standalone printer model. As a result, it is the smallest update of the group of updates, being only 15.3MB in size. By contrast, the Fuji-Xerox update package is only 40.9MB and yet contains updates for every single currently-supported model plus well over a dozen new model additions (over 430 models in total), suggesting that upgrading the compatibility of the drivers to handle 10.8 was a minor issue. The FujiXerox update adds some 43 new models to the built-in support.

The HP driver package is much larger at 473.3MB, though there are only a handful of updates and new models. HP tends to replace the entire package of drivers when updating, even if only a relatively small number of its supported printers are affaected. A total of nine new models were added.

An updated list of printers with drivers including in OS X 10.6 or higher is maintained here.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Ian Orchard

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 08-16-12

    Owners of older HP laserprinters should avoid this updater for the time being. I updated last Monday (NZ time) and since then have been unable to print anything via the HP 2200. Whatever app is attempting to print quits unexpectedly with the advisory " ....while using the HPPrintSettings plugin." Even just selecting the HP printer in the print menu will take out the app.

    Curiously my HP C310 AiO is unaffected.

    I'm about to have a go at restoring my MBP the state it was in a day or so before the update with Time Machine. Unfortunately this has all happened half-way through installing a new hard drive in the MBP, so I won't be shattered if TM throws a snotty.

    ~ Ian O

  1. Ian Orchard

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 08-16-12

    Yep, shor 'nuff, Time Machine has let me down again!!

    It claims to have data going back to January or so but the cards beyond Tuesday this week (just after the offending update) are black and won't select. Likewise the notches in the right side of the screen won't select beyond Tuesday, which was when I changed the drive. I'm currently running on the new HD which is a SuperDuper clone of the original drive.

    Might try booting off the original drive to see if TM will behave.

    I'm not sure why I bother with TM. EVERY time I've needed it, the damn program has failed to deliver.....

    ~Ian O

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