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

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by shyam09, Dec 22, 2010.

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

    shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    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:

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

    help please!!!

    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


    Jun 1, 2007
    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:
  3. shyam09 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    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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