Trouble Printing through Windows Shared Printer/s

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by joseph_68, Apr 22, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I am having trouble printing through a Windows shared print server at work (XP). I am running OS X 10.3.3, and have added both an HP laser and Canon i850 printer to my PowerBook through the network. When I print to either printer the job goes through, but all I get is a blank page. Anyone have a suggestion? Is this a Windoze issue or do I need to add some Mac printer drivers specific for each printer to my machine to pull this off?

    Thanks! :rolleyes:
     
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    Dippo

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    #2
    I had the same problem but I was trying to print off Linux through a Windows networked printer.

    I finally just gave up, and I never did figure out what the problem was...
     
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    Westside guy

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    I had this problem with my Canon i550, and it was because Canon's Mac driver is local-only; that is, it won't work for a networked printer. I'd guess the i850 driver is the same way.

    There is a for-cost driver from Turboprint that works well with the Canon.

    Which HP Laser is it? I print to a JetDirect HP LaserJet 4050N without issues, just using it as an Internet Protocol Printer (IPP).
     
  4. macrumors G4

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    You have to install the proper drivers. IIRC, you can only print to a non-USB printer using PostScript. CUPS/GIMP-print drivers should do the trick for you.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    USB printers

    So I actually need to print to USB printers that are shared through a Windows XP machine on the network. Does that mean that I need to install the drivers locally on my PowerBook first, rather than using the "generic" drivers provided by Panter?

    Thanks!
     
  6. macrumors G4

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    If your USB printer is connected directly to your Mac, then it is a USB printer. You can use the USB driver supplied by Apple or the vendor. If your USB printer connected directly to a Wintel computer, then it is a network printer as far as your Mac is concerned. You will need a CUPS/GIMP-print driver.
     

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