An inexpensive colour printer, the Lexmark Z515 inkjet printer includes a device driver that interfaces the printer to your computer as well as a utility program for the printer's internal functions. The printer's device driver is available for both Windows and Mac systems and is required for the printer to work. The Lexmark Z515's software comes on a single CD-ROM and is also available directly from Lexmark.
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Printer Driver -- Windows
The printer's Windows device driver is one software program that comes with the Lexmark Z515. The driver is part of the printer's installation wizard that is stored on the Lexmark CD-ROM. The driver is platform-specific and when you insert the Lexmark CD, the installation program runs automatically, detects your Windows or Mac system and starts the installation process. The Windows driver is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, 98, 2000 and Me systems.
Printer Driver -- Mac
If the Lexmark driver installation program detects you are running the program on a Mac, it installs the Mac OS X version of the printer driver. The Mac printer driver is compatible with OS X 10.1.5 or higher versions, including OS X version 10.2.x, 10.3.x and 10.4.x, with the X's representing the various releases within that version class.
Lexmark Solution Center
Lexmark Solution Center is the second software program included with the Lexmark Z515. This program manages the printer's ink levels, new ink cartridge installation, printhead cleaning process, print cartridge nozzle cleaning and print cartridge align processes. In addition, the Lexmark Solution Center lets you access the Lexmark website directly for updating the printer's driver. The program also displays basic printing tips on how to use your printer better, troubleshooting information and information on what is currently printing. The Lexmark Solution Center is on the same CD as the printer's device driver.
Accessing Lexmark Solution Center
To access the Lexmark Solution Center, click "Start," "All Programs," "Lexmark 510 Series," "Lexmark 510 Series Solution Center" if using Windows. If using a Mac, click on your Mac's hard drive icon then the "Applications" folder. Click the "Lexmark 510 Series" folder then "Lexmark 510 Series Solution Center." Note that during the printer's installation process, you are prompted if you would like the Lexmark Solution Center to open automatically when you turn on or restart your computer. Setting this program to start automatically keeps you informed of your Lexmark Z515's status at all times.
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