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Device compatibility: 10.8 vs. 10.7 (any trouble?)
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Jul 19, 2012, 12:38 PM

It's a bit early to ask probably, but I hoped the answer was easy: Should I be any worried about device compatibility switching from Lion to Mountain Lion? I have several devices which are all Lion-compatible (there is even a compatibility listing on the manufacturer's websites), but I wonder about Mountain Lion, though. I suppose it's going to take some time until release notes for devices are released, hmm.

These devices:
- HP Officejet J4580 All-in-one - (scanning and printing)
- Brother HL-2030 (printer)
- Epson Perfection 1240U - (scanner, scans slides, too)
- Sony CyberShot DSC-P100 - (digital camera, any issues here at all?)

Perhaps someone knows...
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Jul 19, 2012, 09:42 PM
Something tells me you've been in the Windows world too long: don't worry, it will just work.
(1) Digital cameras don't need drivers, they communicate using a standardized protocol.
(2) There were only 1-2 critical points in driver support on OS X: (i) going from PowerPC to Intel cpus -- that was 6 years ago, and (ii) going from 32 to 64 bit which is only important for things that need kernel extensions (i. e. things that don't concern printers and scanners) -- and that happened with 10.6~10.7.
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Jul 20, 2012, 11:19 AM
sound like a good answer, let's hope then...

There is something else, just adding to the debate:

That is the latest support document I found covering many scanners and printers and their Lion compatibility. I wonder when that is going to be renewed, hopefully with the actual release.

Well, thanks already!

Edit: As an afternote, Apple now actually links to the support article above: http://www.apple.com/support/osx/printingscanning/
That should mean that they agree with OreoCookie... Let's have our fingers crossed (and hope they did think about this for more than a minute).
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