Lexmark X4550

 | March 20, 2008 7:08 PM

Lexmark X4550On December 31, 2007 I bought the Lexmark X4550 from Best Buy for $49 plus tax. It was on sale for $99 from the normal $129 but I got it for $50 off for buying a new laptop with it.

When I brought it home I read about how the Lexmark X4550 does not work with Leopard. Lexmark X4550 can’t print after Leopard upgrade. Apparently a Leopard driver had been released but someone at Lexmark had screwed up the site so the download link actually pointed to the old Tiger driver.

Finally on January 10 the drivers were available on the Lexmark site. I commented on the Apple discussion groups about how the driver installation worked quite well.

The new drivers for Leopard now work and are easy to install.

You run the installer and then afterwards the Setup Assistant runs and helps you to set up the printer. The process is now the same as on Windows.

Now I’m running the printer over WiFi w/ both Macs and PC’s.

Today however I had to change my LAN network to not use192.168.1.xxx because this interfered with one of my client’s LAN’s I was connecting to via VPN. When I did this of course I could no longer print to the Lexmark X4550.

Lexmark X4550 wi-fiI ran the Lexmark 3500-4500 Wireless Setup Assistant on the Mac but though it claimed to have succeeded I still could not print to this printer. Finally after numerous times of running the assistant I uninstalled the printer and reinstalled it. While doing this I had to turn off the printer and then turn it on so that the wireless status light went to orange. Then I ran the assistant one last time and this time it worked.

Fortunately on the PC after configuring it on the Mac it was properly configured on the PC. Somehow magically it was updated with the correct IP address.

That was a nice way to spend an evening.

Update: On April 14, 2008 I had to uninstall and reinstall the printer on the Mac. I wonder if it’s because I uninstalled and reinstalled under my account and this time I needed to do it for my wife’s account. Fortunately this time the setup assistant was able to find the printer and I did not have to power it off and force the status light to become orange.

Update: On May 23, 2008 we moved.  On May 24 I was able to print fine from my PC.  On my Mac I had to uninstall and reinstall the printer driver again.  I also tried to add the printer on my Windows Vista PC, the cursed Acer Extensa 5420.  After spending many hours and 45 minutes in chat with technical support I was able to install it by manually doing an Add Printer, selecting the Lexmark 3500-4500 port, and then tellings Windows to use my drivers located in the drivers folder, which I had download and unzipped from the internet.

Update: On January 6, 2009 I sold this printer.  The ink ran low and I did not feel it was worth buying new ink that would cost as much as I paid for the printer especially with the problems I had with it.


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