The Strange Tale of Compatible Incompatible Printers for Mac

How to get the Xerox Phaser 3124 printer working on Mac OS X.

Recently someone got a Xerox Phaser 3124 for his Mac without looking at the box to see if it was actually compatible with Macs. It wasn't. Well, this was forgivable given the situation. However, if you happened to buy this particular model and you own a Mac, don't give it away yet! You're in luck. Well, we happen to know that the Xerox Phaser 3124 and the Samsung ML 2510 are completely identical, even down to compatible interchangeable toners.


Seperated at birth?

Here's the interesting part; the Samsung had drivers for Macs. So we went to download the drivers for the Samsung at their web site.

It worked like a charm.

Printers are commonly OEM'd to multiple brands. Another example is the Fuji Xerox Docuprint 203A, which is compatible with Brother HL-2040 series.

Download the drivers via the link above, then follow the step by step instructions to install:
1. Plug in the printer and power it on.
2. The drivers are installers, just double click on them and go through the install process.
3. Once this is done, simply go to the System Preferences, click "Printer & Fax", click the "+" to add a printer.
4. You will see the name of the model (in this case, the Xerox Phaser 3124). Click it and go to options, click on the drivers tab, there you will have an option to choose a driver to append to the printer.
5. Scroll down to "Samsung" (or "Brother", depending on which of the above printers you have), and choose the ML2510 (or HL2040) driver that then appears. Click apply.

Your printer should be ready to use.

This actually proves one thing, we can not understand why Xerox did not include drivers for Mac when it can obviously work, while just missing the drivers, but most of todays products will work on any Mac since they now support common USB interfaces. It's only up to the manufacturers themselves to just include one.