Slow printing to Lexmark C522 from OS X 10.4

After a user complained that a 28-page PowerPoint document was taking an hour to print on our networked Lexmark C522, I narrowed the problem down to OS X 10.4 (in my case, 10.4.11).

Solution: use this PPD. In other words:

  1. Save the PPD to your desktop
  2. Go into System Preferences and remove the printer
  3. Add the printer back, specifying the PPD on your desktop as the driver instead of whatever OS X wants to use

My understanding is that the PPD I’ve linked to is supplied by Lexmark – perhaps they simply haven’t updated the 10.4.x driver on their website.

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