Anyone got a Sharp MX-2700N to work in OSX?

Posted on 2011-04-26
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Hi Mac OSX Experts,

We actually looked to do this a while back and couldn't find a good compatible driver.  Hoping a few years later someone found one.  We have a heavy duty MFP in the office, a Sharp MX-2700N. It works great for the Windows machines but we are getting more and more volunteers coming in with Macs and no way to print to them.  They are usually the one's who work on graphic files and it would be great if we can get them printing to the Sharp.  

It seems the only driver listed on Sharp's website is a PS driver that requires a separate license from Sharp for PS add-in.  

The accepted solution on the Apple forum was to use an HP Laserjet driver but they all produce terrible print quality, not even close to passable.  

Anyone have any suggestions?  Thanks!
Question by:Jsmply
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    Expert Comment

    Cups seems to have a PS driver listed.

    Lists a PPD driver for linux as well as a PPD one for Mac OS 9.
    PPD can be loaded in CUPS printer configs.

    Another option is to look at the newer available drivers for current MFPs which may support the older MX-2700
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    Accepted Solution

    The only way you can get it to work properly is to purchase the PS kit. You may find a alternative method but it will not produce a quality print as it would with the PS option. With the majority of the third party drivers you may hear the engine warm up but nothing will print.

    Author Closing Comment

    Confirmed this today after trying several third party options.  By chance do you know about what they charge for that PS kit?  They haven't returned our call yet.  Either way, thanks and question closed.
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    Expert Comment

    The kit you need iscalled MX-PKX1. I only do the networking side of things for Sharp, I am not in sales so I do not have a price quote. I did a quick google search and I saw 1 for 525.00 and another for a little over 600.00 so it varies.

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