does anyone know a fix to print from Classic on a USB printer?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Kyle Nerder, May 3, 2006.

  1. Kyle Nerder macrumors regular

    Kyle Nerder

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    I have a Mac Mini and it runs a accounting program in Classic mode. Everything works fine in Classic, but I can't print. I get error messages everytime. I can print no problem from 10.4.

    After searching the entire interweb, I see everyone else has this problem.

    My only way around it is to print to pdf in Classic and then print the pdf from 10.4.

    I can print to the netwrok printer, but not my USB printer.

    Does anyone know a fix to print directly from Classic mode?
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

    MisterMe

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    When asking for help with a peripheral, you should give the make and model number of your peripheral. This means that you should tell us which printer you are running.

    To address your problem, you need a MacOS 9 print driver for your printer in order to print from Classic. Some manufacturers still supply them. Some don't. Of those that supply them, MacOS 9 driver are available only for some of their printers.

    Go to the manufacturers web site. Check for a MacOS 9 driver for your printer. If none is available, use the MacOS 9 Desktop Printer Utility to create a virtual PostScript printer. Print your Classic document to a PostScript file. Open the PostScript file in Preview and print it from there.
     
  3. Kyle Nerder thread starter macrumors regular

    Kyle Nerder

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    The printer is a HP PSC 1210.

    If I go to the HP site, they have a os9 installer, but no separate driver. I have run this printer off a old 333mhz iMac in OS9 and it worked fine.

    The Classic mode is giving me troubles.

    Currently I can print to PDF as a post script printer, but the lady that uses this computer isn't to strong with computers to grasp this concept.
     
  4. Kyle Nerder thread starter macrumors regular

    Kyle Nerder

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    My next question is...

    How do I default a printer for classic? I wish to use my "print to PDF" printer as a default, instead of having to select it each time with chooser/
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

    MisterMe

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    I wouldn't be quick to crack on your co-worker. That MacOS 9 installer should install the MacOS 9 driver. The Chooser chooses the default printer for your MacOS 9 installation. You should have to do this only once. If you are using the driver for a hardware printer to generate PDF's, then you can save those settings. However, you should use a virtual printer to generate PDF's. Adobe Acrobat Pro 5/Distiller does this.
     

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