Sharing a USB pritner on a Mac with a Windows laptop

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sm8000, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. sm8000 macrumors newbie

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    I do helpdesk for a medium sized office. One of our departments is entirely a Mac house, except for two users who each have both a Mac desktop and a Windows laptop. One of these users needs to be able to print to a printer connected via USB to a nearby Mac, from his Windows laptop. The Mac is running OS X 10.3.9, the laptop Windows XP SP1.

    So far I have gone into System Preferences -> Sharing and enabled Windows Sharing. I have also enabled printer sharing, the other Macs can print to it just fine. The laptop in question can see the printer, but print jobs fail. I have tried connecting it as a local printer via TCP/IP port (using the Mac's IP address) and as a network printer (192.168.71.95\Epson etc...). Connected by the former I get "The document failed to print" and by the latter nothing happens, everything just sits there. Windows thinks it is printing, but nothing happens - any ideas?
     
  2. emw macrumors G4

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    This link may have some information you need.

    One of the key items - make sure you've selected a PostScript printer driver from the PC, not necessarily a driver for the printer you have. The shared printer will only accept PS code.
     
  3. sm8000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I will give those a look. I didn't know about the PS driver - not sure if Epson has one for this printer but I'll check. Thanks again.
     
  4. emw macrumors G4

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    Likely you can just use a generic color PS driver, like a Color LaserWriter or something, not just Epson's.
     
  5. sm8000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here's what I did to get it working:

    1) Enabled Windows Sharing on the Mac, and shared the printer
    2) Got the IP address of the Mac
    3) On the laptop, ran the Add Printer Wizard. Added it as a Network Printer: \\192.168.71.95\EPSON etc...
    4) When prompted to install a driver for the printer on the laptop, used Apple Color Laserwriter's driver, already included in the list of available Windows drivers.
     
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  7. IanF0729 macrumors regular

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    Or, if you would like, you can use Bonjour for Windows. It's what I use at home since I'm the only Mac user and also have the printer hooked up to my station.

    It was pretty easy to configure, I think.
     
  8. sm8000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks balamw! I'll give that a look if the user requests. Ian, if the need arises I'll give Bonjour a look, I've heard that name since beginning this quest.
     

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