im bummed. Vista Printer to be Shared with MBP [solved!]

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  1. shyam09, Dec 22, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2010

    shyam09 macrumors 68000

    shyam09

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    Oct 31, 2010
    #1
    ok.
    i have the HP photosmart C4680 installed on my Vista computer (this is not a wireless printer). and im trying to print using my MBP (via shared printing)
    i have used the following sites:
    http://macs.about.com/od/macwindows/ss/printsharevista.htm
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3049

    im not getting anywhere.. it just wouldnt want to print!!

    help please!!!

    EDIT:
    this is the message im getting when i try to print:
    connection failed: NT_status_bad_network_name

    but i did what the apple support said?
     
  2. gsahli macrumors 6502a

    gsahli

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    Chicago
    #2
    Those two helpful guides assumed you have the "right" print driver.
    Unfortunately, there are two types of driver on OS X - "CUPS" drivers and monolithic (self-contained) drivers. Manufacturers of non-postscript printers have opted to provide the monolithic type. That means they get to control which comm protocol is included within the driver. USB printers get USB-only drivers. (By the way, Brother is the only manufacturer to provide CUPS drivers)
    You need a CUPS driver for your printer to use Windows/Samba printing.
    I think your model is supported by the hpijs set (3-parts) here:
    http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/openprinting/macosx
     
  3. shyam09 thread starter macrumors 68000

    shyam09

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    #3
    which one am i to download? or all three?

    i just downloaded the first one the package and installed it. when i chose that one (going according to the process)-- CUPS driver... it says that the product has an update, etc. imm so confused!!
     

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