View Full Version : Connecting new Printer-No Luck

02-10-2001, 06:37 PM
We have a beige G3 DT, 233 MHz (Gossamer) with NO USB port!!!, and have been using a HP55C with a serial cable. We need to upgrade printers and decided on the Lexmark Z52.
I am not totally new to Mac's as this is my 3rd one, but am having a VERY hard time with this connectivity thing!!!
I have a Zip 100 connected, had a scanner too and they both work (worked) well. I have since gotten rid of the scanner.
Lexmark 'tech' http://www.macgurus.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif told me that without a USB port that I'm basically out of luck.
AM I? Sure seems like there should be some way to make this thing work. http://www.macgurus.com/ubb/confused.gif


[This message has been edited by speedrck (edited 10 February 2001).]

02-10-2001, 07:00 PM

All you need is one of the USB or USB/Firewire combo cards. I've used an XLR8 Dual Port USB PCI card and it works fine. You can get them from here if you want to buy on-line from the Gurus:

If you need it TOMORROW, then you might have to resort to checking out a local vendor..

not sure if there's another way around it - I know you can get USB -> Serial but not vice-versa...

Hope this helps...

02-10-2001, 07:04 PM
Chris beat me. The XLR8 USB card works well. I've used one on old Macs for two or more years. Check that link.

02-10-2001, 09:04 PM

02-11-2001, 08:22 PM
THANKS SO MUCH for the quick reply's. Looks like we'll be getting the XLR8 dual port-USB PCI Card. (You know-anything is easy if you know what your doing!!)
Now for the other questions from a 'newbe' Mac user.
Does anyone know if the Lexmark Z52 wil be comptible with my 233 MHz computer? I do know that on the Z42 box it states that the processor has to be at least 300 MHz, is this a big deal/problem? - (We bought a Z42 here locally and that was on the box, but we can't fine any recommendtions for the Z52.
While I have your ear I would like to know if a PC100 SDRAM is compatible? We bought one and installed it, the only thing that I could tell about the memory is that when the desktop came on we got a 'disk ? for about a second, then everything seem to work well. We had a tech come over and he said that it was the PC100 SDRAM(not compatible). We ended up buying another 128 from him and he installed it, we don't get that ? any longer. Same subject, if it IS compatible and we reinstall, will we get 256 or not? Or is our best bet just to buy a 256 and get rid of both of the others?
And, lastly (for now) What is 'backward compatible mean?
Man, do I feed like an idiot. It's nice to kow that there are people like you that actually help people . Mac Gurus rocks!!! Ya'll have been an ASSETT!!!!!!!! http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Thanks again
RaY & Susan


[This message has been edited by speedrck (edited 11 February 2001).]

[This message has been edited by speedrck (edited 11 February 2001).]

02-11-2001, 09:23 PM
I'm not familiar with the LexMark, but I would guess that your machine is fast enough to use it. You must have a Mac USB driver (software) installed to run the printer. Usually drivers are furnished by the printer maker. Without one, forget it.

PC100 RAM is compatible with the beige G3 (except mine). It has to be built to specifications and some isn't. Check this http://www.macgurus.com/shoppingcart/obj_show_page.cgi?g3sdram.html .

Backward Compatibilty means that if a new device or software is introduced now, that it could have backward compatibility with older devices, systems or software. For example; my computer was built in 1996 but Apple's OS 9.1 can run on it.

02-13-2001, 08:45 PM
The Lexmark will be fine with your machine as long as you get the USB thing worked out. The Lexmark site says MacOS 8.6 is required so the USB will work, so you may or may not need an upgrade on that level. And the 300MHz thing is a load of crap. I have printed to those printers with a 75MHz PC across a network.

I'm not a huge fan of the quality of inkjet printers in general, but I can say the Lexmark lasers are excellent and generally a beter value than HP aka "the great Stan of printers" - everybody knows Stan, but he's a pretty mediocre guy. (also only one letter away from satan...)