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I just hooked up my printer to our airport extreme. I've never used this printer with my mac. I went to print a one page word doc and it all went to ****. I ended up printing 10 pages of nonsense. I've tried it 3 different times all with the same results. Any ideas?
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Install the printer drivers ?
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yeah I installed the driver and restarted, same thing. I went and repaired all file permissions as well. Sill pages and pages of numbers and nonsense.
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Try to print a "test page"?
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yup nothing seems to work. I downloaded the driver. It sees the printer, yet all it prints out is gibberish. It does this whether I plug the printer straight into the airport extreme or if I plug it straight into my mac book.
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I found this support document an Apples own site

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107418

Let us know how it goes
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I just hooked up my printer to our airport extreme. I've never used this printer with my mac. I went to print a one page word doc and it all went to ****. I ended up printing 10 pages of nonsense. I've tried it 3 different times all with the same results. Any ideas?
What printer is it?

It sounds like you may have a postscript printer driver and a non-postscript printer.

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What printer is it?

It sounds like you may have a postscript printer driver and a non-postscript printer.

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Xerox Phaser 3200MFP. What's postscript non postscript mean?
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Xerox Phaser 3200MFP. What's postscript non postscript mean?
Postscript is a language used to represent graphical and textual elements on a page that some printers can understand. The application or driver will convert your document into this language if told to and ony a postscript printer will understand it, a non-postscript printer will just print pages of garbage.

Can you connect the printer directly to you computer and check that the driver works, if it does follow the instructions in the link posted by Kilted1 above.

There only seems to be one driver for this printer at the Xerox web site so I assume you have downloaded and installed that one.

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Postscript is a language used to represent graphical and textual elements on a page that some printers can understand. The application or driver will convert your document into this language if told to and ony a postscript printer will understand it, a non-postscript printer will just print pages of garbage.

Can you connect the printer directly to you computer and check that the driver works, if it does follow the instructions in the link posted by Kilted1 above.

There only seems to be one driver for this printer at the Xerox web site so I assume you have downloaded and installed that one.

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I connected directly as well and the same thing happened think I'll call the apple support this week and see if they can help.
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If you have an Intel mac it doesn't look like the printer you mentioned is supported
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.h...7#xeroxdrivers
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If you have an Intel mac it doesn't look like the printer you mentioned is supported
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.h...7#xeroxdrivers
Not built in to OS X but Xerox provide a driver for download.

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Ok .thanks for the info
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