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I need to print to a Ricoh Aficio 2035e printer that doesn't have PostScript installed. This means my only option is to print using PCL. The PPD on Ricoh's site is only for PostScript. While PCL drivers are included (in 10.3) for some printers, the Aficio 2035e isn't one of them. I could set the printer up as an HP Laserjet 5Si using CUPS and Gimp-Print and it worked. However, this setup did not allow me to use double-sided printing, and so it would waste a lot of paper.

After much searching and experimentation, I have found out how to print to the Aficio using double-sided printing. It turns out that there is a printer driver that will work for any PCL printer. To get your PCL printer working, just install the high-quality HP 'hpijs' driver. You also need to install Ghostscript if it's not already on your system. Easy-to-use install packages can be found on this page.

Then just set up a new IP printer in Print Centre. Enter the printer's IP address. For the model, choose "Generic PCL" and select the PCL model name relevant for the version of PCL your printer supports (PCL 5e or 6 for the Aficio 2035e).
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Print to any PCL printer
Authored by: ploesslkh on Jun 27, '05 11:20:19AM

check out thread <http://forums.macosxhints.com/showthread.php?p=213366>
I was able to print with a foomatic driver from <http://www.linuxprinting.org/foomatic.html>



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Authored by: jolinwarren on Jun 27, '05 05:33:36PM

This is actually the same driver. The hpijs driver I linked to uses the foomatic driver that you gave the link for. The difference is that the page I linked to has an easy "double-click to install" package instead of several archives that need to be downloaded and installed from the command line. :-)

With regards to the thread you mention, I also initially used one of the Gimp HP Laserjet drivers. The problem was that they didn't support double-sided printing. The hpijs drivers in the above install package support most printer features, including double-sided (duplex) printing.



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Authored by: wweber on Jul 05, '05 04:34:14AM

Life saver! Works well with Aficio 1232C (OSX 10.3.9)



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Authored by: rob_gendreau on Nov 03, '05 03:42:22PM

There are downloads now available for various Ricoh printers at llinuxprinting.org; see <http://www.linuxprinting.org/download/PPD/>. I downloaded the one for Ricoh Aficio 1060, chose it in the Printer Setup Utility (using HPJet Direct socket) and it works so far on my iBook. Haven't tried all the options yet.

BTW, an irony is that although the printer(copier/scanner) was set up for Windows use in our office, my "unofficial" Mac is the only one that can make the printing function work. Kudos to open source.



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Authored by: zlex on Jul 25, '07 01:22:33AM

Life saver work well with ricoh 2035e



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