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Mac OS 8.5 vs. 8.5.1 vs. 8.6 What is the difference?

by mini87 / March 20, 2004 9:25 AM PST

I am thinking of buying a new printer for my Bondi Blue Apple iMac. My OS is Mac 8.5 and I can't seem to find an affordable printer that works with 8.5. At Wal-Mart they have a Lexmark printer that works with Mac OS 8.6. Would that printer work on 8.5? There is a cheap Epson printer that works with Mac OS 8.5.1 Will it work with 8.5? Does anybody know of a printer that would work with OS 8.5 that cost between $20-$65?

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What is the difference? It's Apple to tell. But time is against us here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 21, 2004 2:31 AM PST

There was a day when nothing but Apple and PostScript printers worked with Apple Macintosh computers. Part of the OS revisions was to give hooks for the printer makers to develop drivers.

Sadly, I have no firm answers but you should hunt up 8.5.1 if that's all it will take to print...


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Re:What is the difference? It's Apple to tell. But time is against us here.

I just got an e-mail that a person sent me that let me upgrade to 8.6 on the Apple website. Now all i am worried about is the little amount of RAM (32MB) that i have. I don't know if the printer will run with so little memory.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 21, 2004 11:11 AM PST

While looking for am 8.5.x CD, I saw memory sticks of 32M for that machine for about 9.99. Your choice if its worth it.


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by mini87 / March 21, 2004 11:42 PM PST
In reply to: Ebay.

I have turned up the virtual memory setting to 225. It helped a lot with the memory.

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