Mac Notes

Notes on Macintosh, OS X, etc.

sn41g2 thumbnail Hackintosh - Mac OS X (10.5.5) on PC Hardware - my build


    Hackintosh - Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
    Radeon HD 2600PRO

Apple Power Mac G5 dual 2 GHz, SuperDrive, 2.5GB PC3200 RAM
    Adaptec 29160 SCSI controller
    Gee Three Stealth Serial Port for Power Mac G5

PowerBook G4 17" 1.33GHz, SuperDrive, 1GB RAM

PowerBook G4 15" 667MHz, SuperDrive, 768MB RAM

Mac OS X Printing

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

Printer drivers - for Epson printers, make sure to use the Macintosh OS X 10.5 Leopard compatibility page - Macintosh Leopard Support - http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/support/SupportLeopard.jsp - Many drivers are already on the release DVD.  If you overwrite them with a download, an incompatible printer driver may not function fully or correctly.

Epson Stylus Photo R800/R1800

Pros:      Beautiful prints, quality paper and ink from Epson, borderless printing up to 8x10, printing on printable CD/DVDs.
Cons:     Expensive ink, no borderless printing for 8.5x11

I've had the R800 for over three years and have spent a few thousand dollars in consumables. Upgrading my Macs to Mac OS 10.5 Leopard prompted this review. Hopefully some notes here may help others.

Prior to Leopard, getting color balance was quite a chore, resulting in trial and error to set up profiles for quick prints from iPhoto versus output from Photoshop, plus playing around with offsets to get centered prints for 8.5x11. One hint for centering prints was to create actions in photo shop to scale to the exact output size, bypassing the driver scaling and centering.

With Leopard, the drivers seem to have changed. After some problems, I've had success with the latest drivers downloaded from Epson. Follow their troubleshooting tips to reset the printing subsystem, then reset the "Print CD" utility by (re)starting it, and then connect and set up the printer using the Epson-supplied driver. I no longer have separate profiles for iPhoto versus Photoshop. To print to CD/DVD, make sure to select A4 or A4 manual feed, as there is no longer any hint for CD/DVD page setup.

I had a problem where the printer would not power on (after I had a problem printing a CD, I powered off and extracted the tray and lowered the bed, then the printer would not power on). A hint from the web helped - unplug the power cord and leave the printer off overnight. In the morning, the printer powered on and recovered.

For prints mounted against glass, glossy finish paper sticks to the glass and gives a mottled look. Semi-gloss paper or luster paper eliminates this problem for me.

I like 8.5x11 for inexpensive bulk paper stock and frames. But the R800 can't print 8.5x11 borderless, thus the 9 out of 10 rating. So with the R800, I often print with a wide ~1 inch border for a quick and dirty matted look, it also has the added benefit that the aspect ratio is pushed back toward 3:2, ex., print 6x9 landscape with a title at the bottom in the 8.5x11 space.

About a year ago, I finally bought a refurbished R1800 for $349 from Epson, now I can print borderless up to 13x19. I still us both printers, split between work and home.

Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, 10.2 Jaguar

 I had problems with the HP Laserjet 1100 and the drivers that come with Mac OS X, either 10.2 Jaguar or 10.3 Panther.  A quick web search pointed me in the right direction.  To get the printer to work, I visited the Linux Printing web site which includes printer drivers for Mac OS X, and installed ESP Ghostscript and the recommended hpijs driver, then used the Printer Setup Utility to configure the Printer Model as HP LaserJet 1100, Foomatic + hpijs.

    Linux Printing - http://www.linuxprinting.org/
        Mac OS X - http://www.linuxprinting.org/macosx/
            hpijs - http://www.linuxprinting.org/macosx/hpijs/
                download and install espgs-*.ppc.dmg and hpijs-*-.ppc.dmg
    Printer Setup Utility
        Add ... Printer Model
            HP LaserJet 1100, Foomatic + hpijs


New Macs do not have legacy serial ports, so you have to buy a new MIDI interface that connects either through USB or Firewire (1394).  Using a serial port PCI card or an USB-to-serial-port adapter to connect to your old MIDI interface probably won't work due to lack of driver support in Mac OS X.

Gee Three Stealth Serial Port for Power Mac G5

This tiny serail port card gains compatibility by installation in place of the modem card.  Gee Three has a Stealth MIDI plug-in for Mac OS X available for download from their site.

NoBell Home - gjm - last update 12/28/2008, created 3/7/2004