Connect to Windows networked printer

Discussion in 'Mac Peripherals' started by dhokes, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I've got an Epson Stylus D78 currently shared on the home network via a Windows computer and I'd like to be able to print from it via my iMac.

    When I try to add the printer via the Windows option, the printer prints a bunch of random characters as shown here ... http://i45.tinypic.com/9jq902.jpg

    When I try to add the printer via the IP option, I get the "unable to verify the printer on your network" message.

    Can someone please provide some assistance.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Anyone?
     
  3. macrumors 601

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    What exactly have you tried so far? What's the "Windows option"? Tried this?
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3049

    The characters look like a printer language mismatch but I don't see the option on the Epson site to choose PCL versus PS drivers.

    Sorry I'm not much help with this. All our printers have print servers which makes them a bit easier to deal with IMO.

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  4. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your reply. :)

    By the 'Windows option' I mean:
    System Preferences -> Print & Fax -> + button to add a printer -> Windows

    Which works and the printer prints. The output is simply unreadable.

    I've just the instructions in your link. The printer manages to feed paper and then it simply feeds out blank pages extremely quickly. :confused:

    Re. PCL and PS drivers, which one do I need? And am I correct in saying that I only need to install it on my iMac and not on the Windows system that the printer is connected to?
     
  5. macrumors G4

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    Don't overthink it. Whether you share a Mac-connected printer or a Windows-connected printer, other computers treat the shared printer as a PostScript printer.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'll be honest, I've just switched over to the Mac-world and I have no idea what the likes of PostScript, PCL, LPD and IPP mean.
     

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