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Posted on December 5, 2013 at 11:28 am

Mac OS X Mavericks: new problems with old printers? (and some solutions too)

Mavericks Printer Filter ErrorI recently updated a couple of client*s iMacs with Mac OS X Mavericks (better late than never) and found myself stuck with an unknown error from the printer spooler: “Filter failed”.

I checked all printer software, namely a Kyocera PDL and a Samsung laser printers, and still got the same problem.
A short check with Error Console didn’t helped that much.
I deleted the printers and re/installed them, I checked for more recent drivers on the web but… no way, no solution.

Time to Google out some help.
It turns out that Mac OS X Mavericks doesn’t support (or likes) many older printers and many users are complaining about it so here’s my pick along with a couple of solutions and a few lessons learned.

Mavericks Mac Printer ProblemFirst attempt, just as I did, try to delete, remove and reinstall the printer, eventually rebooting in between.
Then, from the Printer & Scanners panel, right-click to Reset printing system status and try again if the dreaded filter error gets away.

If not, here’s B-Plan.
Mac OS X printing service, CUPS, may be part of the problem so you may turn to GutenDriver, which overrides CUPS’s settings and brings high quality printer drivers for Canon, Epson, Lexmark, and PCL printers.

Download them from GutenDriver web site, as of writing latest version is 5.2.9, and reinstall printer drivers as usual: GutenDriver should have taken place.
Now you’re printing (happily as I did) back with your old printer but through GutenDriver filter.

GutenDriver works from Mac OS X 10.2 up to 10.8 and, as I tested, with 10.9 AKA Mavericks.

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Posted on February 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm

As Facebook chat becomes accessible by Jabber, you can use it with iChat, Adium or any other chat client – for free!

Ok, we’re all wasting our time on Facebook – and someone trying to build some biz on it too (by the way, check & become a fan of MacSwitching’s Facebook Page)!
One thing I really hate about it, is that FB chats just go nowhere, there’s simply no history, no way to call back just that important URL that you need the most right now.
Not anymore!

Facebook itself announced Jabber chat grand opening, so now you can use your iChat (or Adium, so to speak) to chat – even if you’re not using Facebook in a browser!

Let’s see how this is done.

facebook ichat

  • Open the iChat menu “Preferences”,
  • click on Account and then on the “+” button below,
  • select “Jabber” from the chat list,
  • insert the account name as follows: [your account name on facebook]@chat.facebook.com ,
  • your Facebook password,
  • click on “Server options” and type: Server: chat.facebook.com , Port: 5222, uncheck Use SSL.

    That’s all! Now all your friends will appear just as usual iChat contacts!

    Note #1: I love iChat but I’m still in love with Adium, since it works with a wider spectrum of IM services, and has lots of plug-ins.

    Note #2: By the way, this means to me that I can use Facebook chat even on my trusted ol’ Nokia E61, thanks to Talkonaut! Just waiting for the right iPhone app as well!

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