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Old Feb 8, 2013, 11:47 AM   #1
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how many printers?

When I bought the mac, a couple of years ago, I installed an epson R200 and a 4880. I also installed my Mitsubishi dye-sub.

I had problems from day one, and could only get 2 of the 3 working at one time. Uninstall/reinstall mess around etc, etc. I have forgotten the process exactly. Anyway, I gave up altogether & priorities to the 4880 & dyesub. All printers are installed via USB, not network.

I have been running the R200 on an old PC, but that has now broken down & I have now acquired a canon iP4200. That is currently installed on the PC & is fantastic. HOWEVER, In an ideal world, I would like to run it via my mac.

Both 4880 & dyesub are working fine, and the 4880 in particular has a huge amount of personal settings.

......THEREFORE, my dilemma.....Do I install the canon & hope all 3 work or continue to use it on the PC. All of my documents are designed on the mac & then transferred over to the PC, but inevitably there are always little niggles with file (.docx) compatibility (fonts etc) between pc & mac.

Has the mac any limitation on the number of printers it runs? Can anybody shed light on why one 2 printers work at any given time? I had experienced the same proplem to, with a xerox lazer.
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 12:47 PM   #2
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When I bought the mac, a couple of years ago, I installed an epson R200 and a 4880. I also installed my Mitsubishi dye-sub.

I had problems from day one, and could only get 2 of the 3 working at one time. Uninstall/reinstall mess around etc, etc. I have forgotten the process exactly. Anyway, I gave up altogether & priorities to the 4880 & dyesub. All printers are installed via USB, not network.

I have been running the R200 on an old PC, but that has now broken down & I have now acquired a canon iP4200. That is currently installed on the PC & is fantastic. HOWEVER, In an ideal world, I would like to run it via my mac.

Both 4880 & dyesub are working fine, and the 4880 in particular has a huge amount of personal settings.

......THEREFORE, my dilemma.....Do I install the canon & hope all 3 work or continue to use it on the PC. All of my documents are designed on the mac & then transferred over to the PC, but inevitably there are always little niggles with file (.docx) compatibility (fonts etc) between pc & mac.

Has the mac any limitation on the number of printers it runs? Can anybody shed light on why one 2 printers work at any given time? I had experienced the same proplem to, with a xerox lazer.
Does your Mac have an ethernet port? The 4880 has ethernet connectivity; maybe you can connect it that way and then connect the Pixma via USB.

Another option could be to attach your printer to a print server or your router and share it that way on the network. If you use an Airport or Time Capsule this is easy.
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 01:12 PM   #3
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I currently have 5 printers connected to my iMac ... 2 laser jet, 1 inkjet with scanner and fax, 1 photo inkjet, and a Dymo dual label printer. Three are via USB and two of them are ethernet attached with built-in print servers. I share all of them from the iMac so any of the household WiFi connected laptop computers can access any of them.

I don't know why you would be seeing a limit on connected printers unless there is some conflict with the drivers.
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 01:56 PM   #4
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...THEREFORE, my dilemma.....Do I install the canon & hope all 3 work or continue to use it on the PC. All of my documents are designed on the mac & then transferred over to the PC, but inevitably there are always little niggles with file (.docx) compatibility (fonts etc) between pc & mac.
I think this is what PDF is for... print the .docx on your Mac as a .pdf... that *should* keep the fonts the same when transfering the file to a windows machine for printing on the PC printer...
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 02:32 PM   #5
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3 Printers here.

Canon MX860 connected via wired network; Canon Pro9500II via USB; and Brother HL-2270DW via wired network.

Looks like it is time to figure out what is messing with your printer(s) setup. Clearly, you ought to have all connected and in working order.
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