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Mojave broke two-sided printing on my Epson Workforce 635. It always prints two-sided with short edge binding, regardless of the setting. I installed all the available updates. It's a 32-bit driver. Dare I hope Epson will update it for macOS 10.15? The printer is over five years old.
ArchiChect says about the current Epson Workforce 365 download for Image Capture (version 5.8.7), "No 32-bit only components were found."

According to the Epson support pages, removing and reinstalling the printer will provide support for macOS 10.14.x. I don't have this printer, so I can't persuade macOS to download the driver for a check.
 


Turning back to Dark Mode, I have found an app that lets me easily have the old High Sierra dark menu bar whilst keeping apps light (all, or individual app settings). It's called NightOwl and is donationware. If you have no desire to keep changing things you can quit it to regain menubar space and your settings remain in effect. No connection, satisfied user etc.
 


I have had good luck with Gutenprint drivers. I have a HP 700 plotter that lasted much longer than the printer driver. Besides, this plotter was a PostScript plotter and thus the internal processor was limited and, as time went by, became slow in comparison with newer plotters. The Gutenprint driver on the other hand used, I think, Ghostscript, which was a PostScript rasterizer that ran on the host computer and bypassed the plotter processor. Effectively the plotter became a dumb machine just spraying dots on paper. The quality and performance of the plotter went up dramatically, since the host computer was continually being upgraded.
I learned long ago to never buy a printer that requires company-supplied/supported drivers to work. Eventually, the company stops supporting it, and the printer becomes a paperweight.

I currently have an HP Laserjet 1320nw, bought around 2004, which is a Postscript networked printer. The wireless only does WEP, so I can't connect it to my Airport Extreme, but it still works over wired ethernet. HP quit supporting it sometime around Mavericks, but Apple's generic Postscript driver works fine. HP still makes toner cartridges for it; I am only on my second one.

USB/non-Postscript printers - never again.
 


I'm having the same problem with the latest version of Mojave described on this page:
StackExchange said:
Automatically Mount Encrypted Core Storage Volume (10.14.4+)
Prior to Mojave 10.14.4, macOS would automatically attempt to mount locked Core Storage volumes, and if the necessary password was found in the current user's keychain this would occur automatically. ... However, macOS no longer appears to be attempting to mount Core Storage volumes automatically, despite the necessary passwords being in either my user keychain, or the system keychain, forcing me to mount them manually with Disk Utility.
Just wondering if anyone else has experience with this.
 


ArchiChect says about the current Epson Workforce 365 download for Image Capture (version 5.8.7), "No 32-bit only components were found."
According to the Epson support pages, removing and reinstalling the printer will provide support for macOS 10.14.x. I don't have this printer, so I can't persuade macOS to download the driver for a check.
I have removed and re-added the printer in System Preferences many times, because the scanner driver loses contact with the printer (connected by USB cable) fairly often, and this process temporarily fixes the scanner problem, but it has no effect on the two-sided printing problem.

I ran Howard Oakley's 32-bitCheck, and, indeed, the Epson printer driver is 64-bit, so my previous statement was wrong. However, the scanner driver I have installed, version 3.7.7.1 (the latest one listed) and other pieces of the Epson software are still 32-bit.

I'm having no problems with the scanner, though obviously version 3.7.7.1 will have to be replaced before I move beyond Mojave. I don't see how installing a scanner driver for Image Capture would affect the printing performance. Would you clarify why you recommended it?
 


Guetenprint does seem to support a whole bunch of "legacy" machines:
Their supported printers page does list the Epson Workforce 635.
I downloaded the latest Gutenprint driver, installed it, and restarted the iMac. I do not see any additional choices in System Preferences for using this driver instead of the Epson one. I could not find any guidance in the user's manual or on the web site. Can you tell me how to use this driver?
 


I downloaded the latest Gutenprint driver, installed it, and restarted the iMac. I do not see any additional choices in System Preferences for using this driver instead of the Epson one. I could not find any guidance in the user's manual or on the web site. Can you tell me how to use this driver?
When adding a new printer in the System Preferences, is "escp2-wf636" available when "manually" assigning the driver?
 


... I'm having no problems with the scanner, though obviously version 3.7.7.1 will have to be replaced before I move beyond Mojave. I don't see how installing a scanner driver for Image Capture would affect the printing performance. Would you clarify why you recommended it?
It was the only related software for your device I could download, so I did and then checked it simply for the information. I had also mentally combined this problem with a scanner problem posted by Hal Feldman.

When I do a new install of a Brother MFC-J450DW, macOS autoselects AirPrint for connections. Selecting Open Scanner on the Scan tab then offers to download the missing scan software. The scanner then responds perfectly in Image Capture.app. This has been tested on macOS versions 10.14.3 through 10.14.5 beta 2.
 


I'm having the same problem with the latest version of Mojave described on this page:
Just wondering if anyone else has experience with this.
Yes, I've been vexed by this as well. I end up having to use a command like
diskutil cs unlockVolume UUID -stdinpassphrase
which is pretty annoying when you have a couple of FileVault disks to unlock at startup. You get the UUID from running
diskutil cs list
as described at this web page:
Der Flounder said:
 


When adding a new printer in the System Preferences, is "escp2-wf636" available when "manually" assigning the driver?
Thank you. I wasn't sure what "manually" assigning the driver meant, even after reading the Mac's help. However, I figured that it meant manually typing something in the "Name:" field in the Add window of the Printers & Scanners preference pane. When the window first opens, that field does not allow data entry. I discovered that I had to select one of the existing printers in the list so that its name appears in the "Name:" field, then I could erase that name and enter the name you gave me. That added the printer with the new driver, but I haven't tried it yet.

As an aside, this is a frustration I have with lots of open-source software. All the instructions are written for people with much more technical knowledge than I have.

In the case of Gutenprint, I see that the magic code "escp2-wf636" is shown in the page of supported printers next to my printer's name; however, there is not even a header on that column to explain what "escp2-wf636" is. Looking at that page, a 70+ page user manual, and a "FAC OS X," nowhere that I could find is a simple "Here are the steps to install this driver on your Mac."
 


Thank you. I wasn't sure what "manually" assigning the driver meant, even after reading the Mac's help. However, I figured that it meant manually typing something in the "Name:" field in the Add window of the Printers & Scanners preference pane. When the window first opens, that field does not allow data entry. I discovered that I had to select one of the existing printers in the list so that its name appears in the "Name:" field, then I could erase that name and enter the name you gave me. That added the printer with the new driver, but I haven't tried it yet.
I may have mislead you. After hitting the "+" button and selecting one of the printers that your Mac can see via USB or network sharing, the "Name:" field can be anything you want (such as "Pat's office printer" or "black printer on the left"). The driver software is defined in the "Use:" field.

The macOS software will try to select an appropriate driver for the "Use:" field (most printers will work with Apple's generic AirPrint driver, or "Generic PostScript" or "Generic PCL", but that might not have all the printer features available), but you can override whatever it comes up with by using the pull-down menu to "Select Software", which will pop up a window with all of your installed drivers, where you can search for the one you want, such as "escp2-wf636". You can limit the listing by typing some characters such as "wf636", or "Epson", or "HP", or whatever.
 


I finally installed macOS 10.14 on my late-2013 Mac Pro (trashcan) with D300 graphics processors, and doing so put several problems to rest:
  • My system is no longer randomly freezing or crashing due to a graphics card/driver error.
  • ChronoSync now can wake up the Mac when sleeping
  • SFGate.com doesn't use 100% of the CPU
I'm finally impressed with an Apple software release!
 


Connecting a printer or scanner to a Mac used to be so easy. Those days appear to be gone. I have lost the scanner function of my Brother DCP-9045CDN multifunction printer since I upgraded to Mojave. Brother shows this unit as incompatible with Mojave.

Vuescan allows me to scan with the flatbed, but scanning with the document feeder leaves horizontal black bars on the output. I had no such problems scanning from System Preferences -> Printers & Scanners in El Capitan.

Anyway, I doubt Brother is going to provide any updates, the unit is big and clunky (> 50 lbs), and is out of toner anyway (it is a color laser printer). So I want to get a Mojave-compatible multifunction printer with a feeder and auto-duplex scanning. I am okay with an inkjet (I wasn't for awhile which is why I bought the Brother laser printer).

I have had a hard time confirming these requirements (Mojave compatibility, duplex scanning) and there are so many options. I did find a Canon support page listing macOS compatibility.

Any suggestions from the MacInTouch community? I am also looking for a flatbed scanner (for photos and documents) for home use, as my Canoscan 4400F will no longer power up.
 


My original Magic Mouse became very erratic under Mojave 10.14.4 on my 2018 Mac Mini, with frequent disconnects and failure to connect automatically after a restart. The problem began to appear before Mojave, but I learned to live with it.

Turns out MagicPrefs was the culprit. It's over 5 years old and no longer being updated.
MagicPrefs is more than 5 years old now and is no longer mantained, the functionality it provided was made possible by Api's that are now deprecated and reverse engineered private Apple frameworks. Apple is not likely to replace the deprecated Api's nor provide access to the underlying multitouch technology so that's the end of the line for MagicPrefs and similar software.

TLDR if it doesn't work anymore thats it, if it still works then its just a matter of time until it won't.
The built-in [macOS] support is adequate for me. I might try BetterTouchTool, though its myriad features are a somewhat intimidating. They offer a 45-day free trial. It's only $7.50 for a license with two years of updates, after which you are free to use it as long as it keeps working. A lifetime license is $21.
 


Just ran "Grand Perspective" on my Mac Pro 2009 running Mojave and noticed that the "install.log" (/private/var/log/install.log) is 3.6 GB in size.

Is there any way to compact this or otherwise make it smaller? I'm assuming that there are downsides to just tossing it....
 


Just ran "Grand Perspective" on my Mac Pro 2009 running Mojave and noticed that the "install.log" (/private/var/log/install.log) is 3.6 GB in size.
Is there any way to compact this or otherwise make it smaller? I'm assuming that there are downsides to just tossing it....
Answering my own question. I ran the utility "Cocktail" and the install.log is now 12k.
 


Connecting a printer or scanner to a Mac used to be so easy. ...
Any suggestions from the MacInTouch community? I am also looking for a flatbed scanner (for photos and documents) for home use....
I have excellent success with my (several years old) HP OfficeJet Pro 8620 (I've seen more recent model numbers for today's equivalent printer). No problems connecting under Mojave. Very good flatbed scanner, which also handles multi-page feed. Good software support, including periodic updates to the printer's firmware and the HP/Mac software. Works effortlessly using AirPrint (i.e. without any special "driver"). But also works using HP's special "driver" for this printer. (Perhaps there are some extra features in the HP driver beyond AirPrint, but AirPrint serves my purposes.) Ink is expensive (like all these printers), but at least is available in large-cartridge format.

I don't do very much printing; more scanning, actually, digitizing documents for storage, etc.
 


Connecting a printer or scanner to a Mac used to be so easy. Those days appear to be gone. I have lost the scanner function of my Brother DCP-9045CDN multifunction printer since I upgraded to Mojave. Brother shows this unit as incompatible with Mojave.
I've had no problems with my Brother printer/scanners. I like the reliability (so far, no repairs or problems in several years) and the double-sided printing. Using an MFC-7460DN, a DCP-L2540D, HL-3170CDW (color), and a DCP-7065DN.
 


One of the reasons I prefer Brother inkjet printers to HP (and maybe other brands) is that Brother has a "purge" function that goes way beyond the usual "cleaning cycles" that all the brands provide. Using the purge function requires some "magic keypresses" on the numeric keypad that provides a considerably stronger inkjet cleaning effect. Downside: It does consume more ink. Upside: It usually rectifies a clogged head in a way that other brands cannot, because they do not have this function. I have a MFC-J6710DW (which scans/prints/faxes 11x17). I've had it since 2011.

The cheap inkjet printers (those with less than 2-year warranties) are disposables; it's not just the cartridges - it's the entire printer. The manufacturers will not support them (with software) for more than a few years beyond the expiration of their warranties, because they do not expect them to last.

I suppose that there's a business case to be made regarding color laser printers, but my math (and my business situation) called for a Brother MFC-2700DW (letter/legal B&W laser), which handles 99% of my needs, and the MFC-J6710DW, as I required an 11x17 scanner (and got the color inkjet for special projects as a bonus). I know it's only a four-color printer but I use it for my B&W photographs and am very happy not to have bought a "photo printer" for many hundreds of $$ (and even more $$$ for the specialized cartridges).
 


I use a Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M for scanning - multipage feeder, colour, duplex. That specific model is now out of production, but I think modern equivalents are equally good. I use it with Paperless in a futile attempt to manage all my scanned documents....

I'm generally happy with Epson printers. Use a Workforce 645 here - prints double-sided quite quickly, sheet-fed scanner etc. But like most inkjets, the ink is pricy.

Just bought one of the new Epson giant tanks o'ink (their 'EcoTank' products) for our other place. I bought bottom-of-the-range (2650?), so useless scanner (single sheet) and, although it does do duplex printing, the change-over is slow, so overall print rate for duplex is slower than expected. But man, oh, man - that ink supply! And quite nice photos on plain paper - though not the purpose, it's nice to have.
 


Connecting a printer or scanner to a Mac used to be so easy. Those days appear to be gone. I have lost the scanner function of my Brother DCP-9045CDN multifunction printer since I upgraded to Mojave. Brother shows this unit as incompatible with Mojave.
Vuescan allows me to scan with the flatbed, but scanning with the document feeder leaves horizontal black bars on the output. I had no such problems scanning from System Preferences -> Printers & Scanners in El Capitan.
Seems like you're halfway home with VueScan, software that I have used for decades. Have you exchanged email with Ed Hamrick? Nobody knows more about scanners and printers and getting legacy peripherals to work.
 


Seems like you're halfway home with VueScan, software that I have used for decades. Have you exchanged email with Ed Hamrick? Nobody knows more about scanners and printers and getting legacy peripherals to work.
Yes I have. No joy with this model when using the document feeder.
 


Recently I discarded my two HP Inkjets after one's LED display failed and the other gave me such grief at 02:00 that, on a friend's recommendation, I bought a Brother L3510 duplex color laser scanner and have been overjoyed with it. VueScan saw it immediately from my 2009 iMac. My original Canon colour laser cost over £800 - this one was about £175!
 


Connecting a printer or scanner to a Mac used to be so easy. Those days appear to be gone. I have lost the scanner function of my Brother DCP-9045CDN multifunction printer since I upgraded to Mojave. Brother shows this unit as incompatible with Mojave.
The same thing happened to me with my old Canon MX855 multifunction device. Even the printer driver is technically incompatible with Mojave, but I was able to get it to work with some massaging. It bugs me that the scanner used to show up in Image Capture and other programs without any issue, and now those features are basically dead, and not because the hardware has failed, but because the software is "out-of-date." So now I have a fully functional, but incompatible paperweight on my desk that might be revivable with 3rd party paid software (VueScan).

SCSI or Firewire drives, anyone? ;-)
 


Recently I discarded my two HP Inkjets after one's LED display failed and the other gave me such grief at 02:00 that, on a friend's recommendation, I bought a Brother L3510 duplex color laser scanner and have been overjoyed with it. VueScan saw it immediately from my 2009 iMac. My original Canon colour laser cost over £800 - this one was about £175!
If you aren't printing photos, I think, in general, you will find laser printers to be much, much cheaper. That's especially true if you only use color now and then (which is why I bought a color laser when they were still $$$; a color [inkjet] printer, left just sitting around, will, if plugged in, burn through the cartridges just with periodic self-maintenance, while, if you don't leave it plugged in, the carts may self-destruct (dry out). If you do use it a lot, well, printer ink is [awfully expensive]. Toner is also expensive, but not quite as bad!

The really nice thing about a color laser vs. a color inkjet is the old “plug it in once a year and it works.” The nice thing about a B&W laser vs a B&W inkjet is the much lower cost per print...
 


The same thing happened to me with my old Canon MX855 multifunction device. Even the printer driver is technically incompatible with Mojave, but I was able to get it to work with some massaging. It bugs me that the scanner used to show up in Image Capture and other programs without any issue, and now those features are basically dead, and not because the hardware has failed, but because the software is "out-of-date." So now I have a fully functional, but incompatible paperweight on my desk that might be revivable with 3rd party paid software (VueScan).

SCSI or Firewire drives, anyone? ;-)
I have been having a similar problem with a Canon Pixma TS9120. Long story short version, I had a TS9020 that failed and the only similar replacement was the TS9120. But that forced an OS upgrade from Mavericks (not supported by the 9120) to something higher. I chose El Capitan, since I didn't really want to get into the "Sierra's" just yet. And Canon does not offer a separate driver for the 9120, saying that it should work under Bonjour.

I was able to get the printer to print under the new OS, but the scanner function comes up with an error. But to make things even more interesting, I was able to get the printer to work just fine, both print and scan, under the "not supported" Mavericks. I tried the scanner under a clean El Capitan install on an external SSD and that seemed to work. But when I upgraded my internal drive (in place), it kept coming up with an error. I even talked to Canon support and they thought there was a hardware problem, but the fact that I can access the scanner in other modes disavows that theory. So now, when I need to scan something, I just boot from an external SSD into Mavericks and use the "unsupported" OS to do what the supported OS is supposed to do. Thankfully, I don't do much scanning, but it is a bit of a pain to do it.
 


After hitting the "+" button and selecting one of the printers that your Mac can see via USB or network sharing, the "Name:" field can be anything you want (such as "Pat's office printer" or "black printer on the left"). The driver software is defined in the "Use:" field. The macOS software will try to select an appropriate driver for the "Use:" field (most printers will work with Apple's generic AirPrint driver, or "Generic PostScript" or "Generic PCL", but that might not have all the printer features available), but you can override whatever it comes up with by using the pull-down menu to "Select Software", which will pop up a window with all of your installed drivers, where you can search for the one you want, such as "escp2-wf636". You can limit the listing by typing some characters such as "wf636", or "Epson", or "HP", or whatever.
Following your instructions, I installed the Gutenprint driver. It does print two-sided documents correctly on my Epson WorkForce 635. Many, many thanks for the detailed advice.
 



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