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Using the Samsung ML-1610 GDI printer with MacOS X

My mother just got (on my recommendation, as I own the ML-1210) a Samsung ML-1610 USB GDI printer.

GDI usually means that it will only work on Windows, but I got the ML-1210 working on a Mac, so I told her to get the ML-1610, thinking that it would be an easy job.

I got a bit worried when I read – after she had ordered it – that people just couldn’t get it to work, supposedly because it had a new kind of printer language called SPL2.

On other sites I read that it ran on Linux, so it had to be possible somehow. Lo and behold, it was as easy as I expected: go get ESP Postscript and the Samsung GDI driver from linuxprinting.org and install the two. Go add a USB printer in the OSX print center, hold the option key to get to the “Advanced Options” and add a “Samsung” printer, chose the ML-1210 driver and you’re done.

Easy, wasn’t it? Just writing it down here to help somebody else who might be looking for it…

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  1. i was able to get my ML 1610 by choosing ML 1210. but this only works with pages. i cant seem to get it to work with word for mac (which i need for work). it keeps saying that “word cannot print due to a problem with the current printer. make sure you have a printer selected in Print Center. you may need to print again or adjust your printing settings.” i have done this countless times already but it is still not working with office for mac. can anyone please help me? thanx!

  2. i was able to get my ML 1610 by choosing ML 1210. but this only works with pages. i cant seem to get it to work with word for mac (which i need for work). it keeps saying that “word cannot print due to a problem with the current printer. make sure you have a printer selected in Print Center. you may need to print again or adjust your printing settings.” i have done this countless times already but it is still not working with office for mac. can anyone please help me? thanx!

  3. Thanks Bro. you are such a big guy, Now I can use my samsung printer with Mac Leopard.
    Gracias carnal eres grande al fin puedo usar mi impresora en mi Mac
    con sistema Leopard

  4. Thanks Bro. you are such a big guy, Now I can use my samsung printer with Mac Leopard.
    Gracias carnal eres grande al fin puedo usar mi impresora en mi Mac
    con sistema Leopard

  5. Thanks a lot
    You let me to solve a great problem!!
    Thanks to Simon Woods too
    He let me to solve my problem in another way.
    Two easy solutions!!

  6. Thanks a lot it’s working on my Imac. First had some problems but in stead of chosing the 1610 driver in the print center I chose for the Samsung 2.5 SPL. It’s working perfectly.

    Thanks!

  7. Thanks a lot it’s working on my Imac. First had some problems but in stead of chosing the 1610 driver in the print center I chose for the Samsung 2.5 SPL. It’s working perfectly.

    Thanks!

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