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10.7: Use Dell 5130cdn laser printer Printers
I own a Dell Color Laser printer model 5130cdn and it has performed very well under Mac OS X 10.6 or lower. However, under Lion the printer went into a paused state after every job; resuming the printer triggered a duplicate job and a further pause. The only workaround was to delete the job before resuming the printer.

Dell issued a new driver as of 11/1/2011, in theory Lion compatible. However, it did not fix the problem on my system if the printer was added from the 'Print' pane of System Preferences, choosing from the 'Default' tab. A Dell technical analyst walked me through a fix and it may be useful to others.

It will be important to know the IP address of the printer, particularly if you have more than one networked printer. There are several ways to get the address, here is one: open the from Applications/Utilities, type arp -a, and press Return. You will see a list, and it should include an item similar to:

dell9cf14a.local ( at 8:0:37:9c:f1:4a on en1 ifscope [ethernet]

In my case the IP address is, but this will depend on your network setup. Then do the following steps:
  • Download the driver installer for OS 10.7 from and run it.
  • As a precaution, use the driver installer to uninstall any earlier version by selecting 'Uninstall' from the pulldown menu. When that is complete, do not close the installer, but rather select 'Easy Install' and run it again.
  • From System Preferences, 'Print' pane, delete the current Dell 5130cdn printer and then proceed to add a printer.
  • Do not select the Dell printer from the 'Default' tab.
  • Click the 'IP' tab and change the 'Protocol' pulldown to 'Line Printer Daemon.'
  • The 'Address' pulldown should list your printer's IP address, as determined earlier: select it.
  • The 'Print Using' pulldown will likely default to a generic driver at this point. Enter a name and location for the printer if you like and then change the 'Print Using' pulldown to 'Select Printer Software...'. In the search bar of the resulting dialog enter 'Dell', choose the correct driver, dismiss the dialog and add the printer.
You should be good to go.

[crarko adds: Printer drivers have often been one of the more painful parts of an OS upgrade. I do remember going through gyrations like this with printers under both Leopard and Snow Leopard installs. It sounds like Dell was pretty quick getting a fix out; some vendors have taken more than six months to upgrade Mac drivers in the past.]
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10.7: Use Dell 5130cdn laser printer
Authored by: deemery on Dec 12, '11 08:08:35AM

Where did you find the printer driver? I have a Dell 5100cn and the only driver Dell shows for this is PPC-only.

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10.7: Use Dell 5130cdn laser printer
Authored by: mastige on Dec 12, '11 08:58:37AM

I see that the Mac OS X driver for the 5100cn was issued in 2005. Perhaps the printer is no longer supported for updates in the OS? The Dell rep that I spoke to mentioned that the lack of Rosetta support in Lion was partly responsible for the delay in getting out a new driver for the 5130cdn. It seems that Dell has been slow to embrace Mac OS X drivers that are specific to Intel processors?

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10.7: Use Dell 5130cdn laser printer
Authored by: theorik on Dec 17, '11 03:14:39PM
Have you considered this link (Use a Dell 5100cn laser printer in Snow Leopard)? It worked quite well for me, also after upgrading to Lion.

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10.7: Use Dell 5130cdn laser printer
Authored by: deemery on Dec 20, '11 05:26:23AM

This worked for me: Make sure you use the updated installer.


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