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Sep 10, 2003, 02:53 PM
Hey everyone, I looked everywhere online and I haven't found any real good detailed info on how to do this.. A couple weeks back I picked up a Lexmark Optra K 1220 laser printer for free.. It rocks.. Right now its hooked to my PC and I print to it from my mac through my PC.. But I want to hook it to my mac..and/or the entire network in my house. It only has a parallel port.. and a mystery port I am not sure of on the front (looks like a serial connection or like an old ADB connection but its not).. whats the best way to hook this laser up so i can print to it without going through my pc? thanks alot.

Sep 11, 2003, 11:31 AM
RE:The mystery port

Lexmark.com (http://www.lexmark.com/US/products/tech_specs/0,1231,ODczfDE=,00.html)
Optional Local Ports
External RS-232C serial
External RS-422 serial
Internal LocalTalk
Internal RS-232C serial
Internal RS-422 serial


Optional Network Ports Internal Ethernet 10/100BaseTx
Internal Ethernet 10BaseT/2
Internal Token-Ring
External Ethernet 10/100BaseTx
External Ethernet 10BaseT/2
External Token-Ring
Coax/Twinax Adapter for SCS


Operating Systems Supported Microsoft Windows 3.1
IBM OS/2 2.1 or higher
Microsoft Windows NT 3.51
Microsoft Windows NT 4.00 Server
Novell NetWare(R) 3.x, 4.x, 5.x including full NDS and NDPS support
IBM AS/400(R) with OS/400(R) V3R1 or later using OS/400 Host Print Transform.
Virtually any platform supporting TCP/IP

One path
Generic PCL laser drivers
USB-> parallel converter
map as a networked printer

find Ethernet adapter
Mac- Generic drivers
PC- Lexmark drivers

There are no guarantees, but this should stir the people with more knowledge on the subject to chime in.