Simply can't print using mac os x 10.4.3

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by colpaarm, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. colpaarm macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2005
    I've actually had this issue probably a little after 10.4. Basically, I go to print something (any application, doesn't matter) and nothing happens. And when I say nothing happens, it's as if I didn't click the print button. This happens with any printer I try and print to. Home printer trying to print to my windows printer via samba. Job printer on a network. Doesn't matter. I click the print button and it just sits there looking at me. I've searched and asked around, but nobody seems to have a solution to this problem. I've used windows, unix and linux all my life and have only been using mac for about a year and a half, so I'm not familiar with all of the issues with macs. Anyway, any help that can be provided would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  2. The Black Rock macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2005
    Does the printer actually show up in the "Printing" pane of the "Print & Fax" System Preference?
  3. colpaarm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2005
    Yep, my printers show up in the list of available printers.
  4. The Black Rock macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2005
    Which ones are they by they way?

    •Check the "Printer Setup…" and find out if the info's correct.

    •Double-click the printer's name in the left hand pane. When the window pops up, does it say, "No Job Printing"? Try printing something and see if it changes.

    •This all might be a driver problem, but that's really a next step.
  5. MacAficionado macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2002
    An awesome place
    I would also look at firewall settings, Printer sharing settings, Windows sharing settings and so on.
  6. colpaarm thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2005
    Thanks, guys for the responses. Bottom line, they used to work. Then all of a sudden, I can't print to none of my printers. So information is not the issue. It can't be firewall issues because I can't print at work, but I also can't print at home and both myself and the printer are behind a router. No matter where I try to print (with my laptop), it literally is like I never hit the print button.

    I'm trying to print to an Epson stylus CX5200 through samba (windows machine owns the printer) at home and a couple of HP laserjets at work.

    A friend of mine suggested that I delete the drivers and reinstall them, althogh I'm not quite sure how to go about that. Would you guys know how to do that? Thanks again.
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Just Delete the printers from the Applications: Utilities: Printer Setup, and re-install the printers from scratch as if they were new printers.

    This is S.O.P. when upgrading OS's or network equipment.
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    #8 don't even need a printer set up to be able to access the print dialog, do you? I thought it comes up and lets you save a PDF even if you have no printer assigned? I could be wrong about that. It sounds rather like the daemon responsible for managing printing is not able to launch or run, or there is something corrupt in the files necessary to generate the print window that the core services provide upon app request.

    Hmmm...which means that I'm suspecting stuff more like disk permission issues, filestructure anomalies, corrupted system files, or bad plist files.

    Perhaps you can try spotlighting for "print plist" and moving all the plists to the desktop? And then try printing? This should regenerate all of these preferences files, in case they were corrupted somehow. :(

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