how to get the mac to communicate to an old printer...

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  1. krossfyter macrumors 601

    krossfyter

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    set up:
    computer- mac mini
    OSX.4

    pritner:
    Old digital printer
    DEC CLaser 5100
    sublimation printer


    I need to know if this printer can work with mac osx and how to get it to work.
    I plug the mac to the printer via usb to parallel port cable.

    there is an old driver in floppy formate that comes with the printer for mac os9.


    can mac osx communicate with this printer? and if so how? im guessing either through apple talk or ip or something. any help is appreciated. if there is a way please tell me how to get mac osx to hook this printer up.
     
  2. oldMac macrumors 6502a

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    Best Bet = Gimp Print (unlikely)

    Your best bet would be to see if you can print to it using some similar GIMP print driver:

    http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net/MacOSX.php3

    I don't see that printer listed, but sometimes you can get away with a generic driver for a similar type of printer.



     
  3. krossfyter thread starter macrumors 601

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    thnx. i install this gimp but then what? where did it go? its not in apps? i cant find anything new under add printer.
     
  4. krossfyter thread starter macrumors 601

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    i found this...

    http://www.macosx.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-67326.html


    what do you all make of this?


    it says "If not, I'd buy a small printserver box (I have a D-Link DP100 in use
    with a NEC Silentwriter) which can handle AppleTalk protocol. I bought
    the DP100 cheap on EBay."


    is that something that will work for me?
     
  5. krossfyter thread starter macrumors 601

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    did a gimp faq search to see if i can resolve my problem.. only found the above.. yeah i dont see an advanced option when trying to install gimp. i do hit the option key.. . but nothing still.
     
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    still having issues. anyone with some insight into this please help.
     
  7. krossfyter thread starter macrumors 601

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    attached are the windows im getting. no advance option even after hitting the option key while selecting add printer.
     

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