After upgrading to Mac OS 10.15 Catalina, trying to print with a Dell Color Laser 1320c leads to the error message: Filter failed (German: Filter fehlgeschlagen).


This fixes the "Filter failed" (German: "Filter fehlgeschlagen") error with Dell Color Laser 1320c printers under Mac OS 10.15 Catalina by leveraging the Fuji Xerox C525A printer driver which is similar to the native Dell driver.

  1. Download the driver: http://onlinesupport.fujixerox.com/processDriverForm.do;jsessionid=EFF824E51694F73EAFA2D75F3E85546F.worker4?ctry_code=KR&lang_code=en&d_lang=en&corp_pid=DPC525A&rts=null&model=DocuPrint+C525A&type_id=2&oslist=Mac+OS+X+10.13&lang_list=en

  2. Open the .dmg file, then open the .pkg file (via right click > open)

  3. Finish the setup guide

  4. Click on the Apple Menu in the upper left-hand corner of your screen and select System Preferences... click on Printers & Scanners.

  5. Unlock the window using the lock icon in the lower left corner if necessary

  6. Click on the + sign to add a printer

  7. Connect your Dell via USB and turn it on

  8. It should soon appear in the list. Select it.

  9. Change the driver enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here

  10. Finish the setup. In order to be able to print using the paper try, please apply the following setting: "500 sheet feeder"

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  1. When you print something for the first time, you'll need to set the correct paper source. -Click the "Show Details" button on the print dialog screen. -In the "layout" pulldown select "Full Zerox Features" --Select "Paper source: Tray 1 (500 sheets)" :

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  1. After that, you can save the current settings as a reusable preset. (You might need to Google how to do that). :)
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    Thank you @alsdkjasdlkja for your solution. I have a Dell 1320c and it worked perfectly for me. – ond1 May 6 '20 at 6:30
  • In the Options section (Step 11) - I had to choose the Fuji Xerox Features and set the tray to 250, otherwise it was always printing from the by-pass tray. – mmv_sat Sep 6 '20 at 19:55
  • @alsdkjasdlkja Thank you very much! You saved me a lot of money. I thought my printer is broken, no it's clear, the Dell driver support for macOS is "Schrott". – Miralem Cebic Nov 8 '20 at 11:59
  • Thank you so much for this, I'd already bought a shitty inkjet printer, but now I can enjoy the smell of fresh ozon once more! One tip, you can change the default to use the Tray by accessing the CUPS webinterface. See here for more information: apple.stackexchange.com/a/37568/5993. – bouke May 15 at 9:44

I can confirm the solution given by alsdkjasdlkja works. I only have 1 addition. I first tried to change the driver of my already installed Dell Color Laser 1320c instead of removing it and reinstalling it. This didn't work. I couldn't select a paper tray when trying to print something.

When I deleted the old printer and reinstalled it with the FX driver, everything worked just fine.

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