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How to get worked old Xerox printer in macOS Catalina
# Intro
Xerox said that Phaser 3140 hass "level 2" of support which means that Xerox not planning to update it's driver any way.
macOS no longer supports 32bit apps since macOS Catalina, and Xerox drivers installer provided at is 32bit-app. But drivers will still work if we can install it. So we just need to install drivers itself manually.
To make it old printers work you just need to copy few files from installer to their designed locations.
# Download
You can download unpacked files from macOS 10.14 (10.11+) or unpack from official site by yourselve.
Put downloaded files to appropriate path:
folder: /Library/Printers/Xerox/Phaser_3140_3155
/Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/Xerox Phaser 3140 and 3155.gz
After that you can install new printer and chose "Xerox Phaser 3140 and 3155" in "Select software" modal window. If it says that driver is damaged, press Repair button and it works.
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FleXoft commented Mar 10, 2023

I can check it on my old machine to see what is in the given original XEROX printer driver package, but this old machine is not here with me, so I can only check this next week.

I'll get back to you with what I find...

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FleXoft commented Mar 24, 2023

@cassianorabelo I tried to install the latest available driver for 3250 on my old machine:

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but at the end without a real printer I could continue:

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You may have to find an old Mac machine around you and install the driver and copy the three directories from that machine which reach the printer over network or maybe USB after a successful installation.

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I have done the same for an old MacOS running Catalina using Mojave on VMWare Workstation 16.
After configuring the VM, download the package from Xerox, last available for MacOS (even if it is for an older version), install it and take a copy of the following files
In Library - Printers -> take a copy the directory named Xerox on an USB drive
In Library - Printers - PPDs - Contents - Ressources -> take a copy of the file Xerox Phaser 6110MFP.gz on the USB drive
Go to your old Mac running Catalina and put the directory and files on the same locations (no need to update permissions in my case, just superuser password prompt for copying files)
Add and configure your printer (network one for mine) and that's done !

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FleXoft commented Aug 18, 2023


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FleXoft commented Apr 27, 2024

This trick/workaround still works even on the latest Mac. I checked it on a new M3 MacBook Air with macOS Sonoma 14.4.1.

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