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Anonymous printing to an XP-shared printer?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by micsaund, Aug 7, 2004.

  1. macrumors 6502


    Hi All,

    I'm trying to set-up my new PB so it can print to an Epson CX3200 that's attached to my main WinXP Pro machine.

    I found the info on the super-secret ALT-Add in the Printer List to get the "Windows Printer via SAMBA" option (which makes me ask 1) WTH is that a hidden option and 2) WTH can't I EDIT a printer entry made this way instead of deleting/re-adding it???)

    Anyway, I can get the PB to print to the Epson just fine if I use:

    smb://mike: password@workgroup/horus/cx3200
    (no space after the : above - just did that to keep it from showing-up as smiley)

    That works great.

    However, I'm NOT thrilled with having to have my password visible in some ASCII cups conf file. So, I figured I'd enable the Guest account on my XP machine and things would work. Wrong...

    I have tried:


    and none of them work. The Guest account should not have a password (I think), so how am I supposed to enter the smb line so I don't keep getting the NT_STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED or NT_STATUS_LOGON_TYPE_NOT_GRANTED (after a long timeout) on the PB?

    Have any of you tackled this yet and have some advice?

    I'm really surprised that this is not easier to do - there's no way the "average" Mac user would figure all this stuff out. Surely, what I"m trying to do is NOT that atypical... :mad:

  2. macrumors G4

    Create an account that you use exclusively for printing.
  3. 7on
    macrumors 601


    Try Windows Printing, which is the answer to #1. It's hidden because "Windows Printing" is a better option. If there seems to be problems with your PC printers showing up, I've found it to be a problem with the Windows.

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  4. macrumors 6502


    Unfortunately, I don't ever get anything showing-up in the Printer List/Add if I select that option. I can see the WORKGROUP, but no printer. :confused:

    It does a "searching for drivers" and shows the "WORKGROUP" in the drop-down, but the Name/Comment section is empty. I suspect that it has to do with the Guest account (for anonymous access) because I use logins on all of my machines.

    I have thought of making a "printing only" account, but that's really a last-stand, cheezy solution IMO and I'd prefer to find the "right" way to do it. ;)

  5. macrumors regular

    The "Windows-Printing" Idea also doesn't work with my System.

    But like you, i also wanna have this problem solved. i don't want, that others can see my password as easy, as it works with cups. the way by creating a new will not work, because it's my student-account (i only get ONE account) and a wanna use my powerbook with printers at the university.

    i hope anyone has an idea? maybe in a way like securing the cups directory with .htaccess?? or configuring the cupsd.conf file. but i don't know how?!
  6. macrumors regular


    no idea??

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