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Campus Printing & Personal Macs

Campus Printing & Personal Macs

Mac iOS is one of the approved operating systems on campus and the Office of Information Technology provides instructions on basic Mac iOS tasks to help students get connected and use campus online services like networked printers.

Download the Appropriate Driver

  • You will need to download the appropriate print driver if you want to connect to a campus printer
    • For purposes of these instructions, you will need to install a Northwest networked printer and not a personally-purchased one.
    • If you are installing a different printer (such as a Lexmark T650 or a Xerox Copier) you will have to download that specific driver from the manufacturer’s website.
  • Go to
  • Enter your printer type in the For support select or enter your product in the textbox. Example: Lexmark T650
  • Click Go.
  • Click the link provided for your printer, which usually appears beneath a picture of the printer in question, and a window specific to your printer type will open.
  • Click the Downloads tab.
  • Select an Operating System by clicking on the black arrow and choosing Macintosh in the dropdown menu.
  • Next, select your Macintosh version in the Please Select Version drop-down menu. ExampleMac OS X 10.8 or Mac OS X 10.x.x. (this example may not be your version, so be sure you have your correct version)
  • Do not use just any version! Use your specific version (like 10.7 or 10.6)
    • If you don’t know the version you have click the Apple icon in the very upper top left corner of your screen on your computer (NOT in the browser window) and then click about this mac and you will see the version you are using.
  • Next, click the middle filter button on the right and you should see your particular version of MAC OS.
  • Once your have selected your particular version, click the link for the printer driver that deals with your version.
  • Click the link for your recommended driver. ExamplePrinter Driver for 10.6.8 and later Mac OS  (this example may not be your version, so be sure you have your correct version)
  • A pop-up window will appear, scroll down and click Download.

Installing the Driver

  • Once the download finishes, close your browser and click the Downloads icon.
  • Open the downloaded .dmg file.
  • Double click the .mpkg file and follow the on screen instructions to install the driver.

Installing the Printer

  • Open System preferences and choose the Print & Scan menu
    • Make sure the lock is unlocked at the bottom left corner of the window
    • If it is locked, click the lock and type in the administrator password to unlock it.
  • Click the “+” button on the left and if prompted select add other printer or scanner.
  • At the top of the screen control click the defaulticon and select customize toolbar…
  • Click and drag the advancedicon above to the toolbar and click Done.
  • Click advanced.
    • You may have to wait a minute for it to load
  • Under the type dropdown menu choose Windowsprinter via spools
    • Ignore the Device dropdown menu.
  • Click in the URL (Address) textbox.
  • To connect to the Peri print server type: smb:// name
  • Example: smb://
    • 64_CHHallP is a printer located in Colden Hall.  Be sure to add the correct printer from Peri that you want to actually print to and not just add the example provided.
  • To connect to the Noid print server (faculty/staff only) type: smb:// name
    • Examplesmb://
      • FA101C is a printer located in Fine Arts.  Be sure to add the correct printer from Noid that you want to actually print to and not just add the example provided.
  • In the driver selection menu, select Printer Software.
  • Search list for the Lexmark printer you need and then add the appropriate printer.

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