How can I get Macbook Pro to run “outdated, classic” software so that I can get my printer to work?

handiman1952 February 18, 2011
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I own a Macbook Pro. I installed Parallels 5.0 so I could install Windows XP on it because Snow Leopard won’t run classic software.

I have a Brother MFC 255CW printer, and I have been trying for over a year to print from Windows XP, but I can’t get it to work. If I can just get Macbook Pro to run outdated, classic software, that would solve the problem.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Apple, Brother and Parallels hasn’t been able to help. Thanks in advance.

  1. Jerry
    February 23, 2011 at 5:19 am

    what Mike said, but to specifically answer your question, try Sheepshaver, http://sheepshaver.cebix.net/

  2. Mike
    February 19, 2011 at 1:23 am

    Classics support was dropped for all Intel Macs and since Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) for all Macs in general. This means it's dying since June 2006 ~ so you should really think about updating and/or upgrading.

    Besides, please elaborate what you need classics for?

    A 1 minute search on the Brother homepage reveals all necessary drivers
    for Mac OS X 10.5
    http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public/us/us/en/dlf/download_index.html?reg=us&c=us&lang=en&prod=mfc255cw_all&dlid=&flang=English&os=81&type2=-1

    and for Mac OS X 10.6
    http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public/us/us/en/dlf/download_index.html?reg=us&c=us&lang=en&prod=mfc255cw_all&dlid=&flang=English&os=94&type2=-1