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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:18 am 
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My Brother Lasers that have Wifi can be setup for Wifi IP printing, I think if it uses Postscript you'll be fine, at least for printing.

http://support.brother.com/g/s/id/htmld ... 508E19_117


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 3:20 pm 
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My OfficeJet Pro 8600 4-color inkjet at home is, shockingly, a Postscript printer. Has ethernet built in, has WiFi built in if you don't want to run a cable to the printer, listens on port 9100 (so in OS X speak it's a socket printer), broadcasts over Bonjour if you're too trendy to remember DNS names or IP addresses, in fact if you connect it to your WiFi network it even supports printing from iDevices using iprint or whatever that god-awful standard is. The XL cartridges are enormous, after the starter cartridges ran out I bought a couple sets of XL cartridges (little under $100 for a set) and I still have a full set sitting on the shelf... 3 years later.

While I do print a fair amount it also tends to sit for weeks without printing, so I set it up to print out a page of funnies once a week - which it does on the printer itself, no computer intervention required. My problem with inkjets are those long periods where I don't print anything, eventually the heads dry out and clog. In this printer heads are a separate part from the cartridge, so if they do clog up then I just have to buy the heads (in other worsd the heads aren't integrated into the cartridge) but at $75-$150 it's not something I want to do regularly. This printing feature lets the heads never sit long enough to clog, but with only a single page it doesn't burn through ink either.

Sadly they stopped making it. I don't know if the 86xx printers that replaced it are equally nice or complete crap. I know they're CMYK, and I think they still use a separate print head part too.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 3:52 pm 
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MacBook now has 8GB Crucial RAM. Before it was saying under Mavericks 1.95 GB used of 2 GB physical memory, now it is 1.95 of 8. :) Still takes a while to boot and I wonder if it is even longer because of POST of more RAM. Next step is to get faster (& larger) drive(s) in it and maybe partition so I have Mavericks for times of need but Snow Leopard as my daily OS. Current drive is 5400 rpm 250GB.

Fortunately I read OWC and everymac.com before upgrading so I could do the EFI update first so it can use 8GB. I also have a weird SMC version (posted about this on ASC a week ago but no really helpful replies) which seems to be higher than anything Apple has on its upgrades page for this computer. Does anybody know if Mavericks installs a SMC update (Apple does mention such may happen)?


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:00 pm 
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Computer    Identifier    EFI Boot ROM version    SMC version
MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010)    MacBook7,1    MB71.0039.B0E (EFI 2.1)    1.60f6 (SMC 1.5)
MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009)    MacBook5,2    MB52.0088.B05 (EFI 1.4)    
MacBook (13-inch, Early 2009)    MacBook5,2    MB52.0088.B05 (EFI 1.4)    1.38f5 (SMC 1.3)
MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008)    MacBook5,1    MB51.007D.B03 (EFI 1.4)    1.32f8 (SMC 1.2)
MacBook (13-inch, Early 2008)    MacBook4,1         1.31f1 (SMC 1.4)
MacBook (13-inch, Late 2007)    MacBook3,1    MB31.008E.B02 (EFI 1.2)    1.24f3  (SMC 1.4)
MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2007)    MacBook2,1    MB21.00A5.B07 (EFI 1.1)    
MacBook (13-inch, Late 2006)    MacBook2,1    MB21.00A5.B07 (EFI 1.1)    
MacBook (13-inch)    MacBook1,1    MB11.0061.B03 (EFI 1.0)    1.4f12 (SMC 1.1)


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:52 pm 
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These are Apple's update offerings:

MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008) MacBook5,1 MB51.007D.B03 (EFI 1.4) 1.32f8 (SMC 1.2)

System profile says I have

Boot ROM MB51.007D.B00 <-- I just updated this so it would accept 8GB RAM so I recall it is now .B03

SMC 1.40f2

Here's my stalled ASC topic: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7166437


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2015 10:21 pm 
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MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008) MacBook5,1 MB51.007D.B03 (EFI 1.4) 1.32f8 (SMC 1.2)

Am I missing something??


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:25 am 
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Personally I have my printer wired into my network so everything prints directly to it. It's an HP Officejet Pro 8600, though they stopped making it and I'm not sure if the 86xx printers that replaced it are as nice. Postscript, 9100 printing, huge ink tanks... sister and coworker bought one and they love theirs too, so it's not just a fluke...

When it comes to Wifi-only printing, remember to read reviews with a grain of salt. They may very well have fundamental WiFi connectivity issues with their network, so no WiFi printer is going to work. Or maybe they stuck the printer in an area that has a very weak signal and don't understand that not every location is an equally valid location when it comes to WiFi. There's a lot of complexity to WiFi that people fundamentally don't understand, it's all just supposed to work via magical thinking and when it doesn't then it's the fault of the device, not their magical thinking.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:02 am 
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BDAqua wrote:
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MacBook (13-inch, Aluminum, Late 2008) MacBook5,1 MB51.007D.B03 (EFI 1.4) 1.32f8 (SMC 1.2)

Am I missing something??



Uh, yes. :) [Dang this forum, you can't see anything older than the most recent post in the composer window.]

My EFI now reports correctly but my SMC version is higher than that in the Apple upgrade specifications. Mine says it is 1.4 and Apple says 1.2 is the "upgrade".


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:11 am 
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Well, if it works then likely it's an improvement! :)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:48 pm 
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Oh. I guess I did post info about my printer earlier. D'oheth.

Regarding the SMC issue, sometimes firmware upgrades are part of OS upgrades, meaning you upgrade to Yosemite or whatever and it will, as part of the upgrade, update your firmware. It's hard to miss though, since it does the big scary beep and huge progress bar thing, same as any firmware update.

Not too long ago I upgraded someone's system to 10.10 and the first reboot after the install was a firmware update.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 6:12 am 
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Yes, well I did miss the scary part because I didn't do the Mavericks upgrade, niece's boyfriend did. :) Don't worry, I got to enjoy it when I did the ROM firmware upgrade so the computer could use 8GB RAM. I did notice the statement on Apple's document about some Firmware only being part of an OS upgrade but wanted to confirm this is what happened, thanks.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:28 am 
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The first time I came across it I thought the system had frozen because the upgrade finished and then it just sat there hanging. After 15 minutes or so it finally rebooted and I got treated to the scary beep. Good thing I'm not impatient and/or have a million other things to do so I don't particularly care if processes take a long time...

On the other hand, I've seen what happens when they don't include the required updates, and it's not pretty. I remember when someone with a bondi iMac upgraded their system to OS X without performing the required firmware update first. Oh my god it was a nightmare to get that thing working again. It was supremely, totally hosed. Turn turn it on, video initializes, and then... nothing. On one of the 70-odd restarts & resets I managed to get it to boot into OS 9, at which point I installed the firmware update... and then it was fine.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 6:20 pm 
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Bought a Brother monochrome laser printer tonight. I haven't taken it out of the box yet partly because I don't think it is worth even thinking of trying to set it up with Tiger since it specifies Lion at least. I'll probably wait until I get the MacBook in service which may take another week or so.

The printer was reduced $180 --> $100 and has the scan/copy feed tray, duplex printing. Almost all the bad comments are about the wireless of course but we'll see how that goes. I have only the vaguest idea how that works anyway since we have had very little wireless up to now. I'm not sure if it works standing on its own or it needs plugging into the router or what. Will see what the instructions say (they are supposed to be horrible).


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