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Mac-Windows printing not working

sushi064

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Original poster
Jan 17, 2012
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Hi,

I have an HP DeskJet F4180 printer that is connected to the network via Win Vista Home Premium X64. I also have a late 2011 MacBook Pro with OSX Lion that connects to the PC over my Wi-Fi network. I've updated the drivers for my printer on my Mac using Software Update, but it still doesn't work properly. My question: I can send jobs to the printer fine, but when they arrive at Windows, they show as having "N/A" or "0" pages, and the printer ends up hanging without printing any pages or even taking in any paper. What can I do?

Thanks guys!
 

belvdr

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I got so fed up with this nonsense too. I never got it to work reliably.

I ended up purchasing a new printer with wired/wireless built-in. Another option, if your printer supports USB, is to use and AEBS for a host, but that may cost more than a new printer.
 

sushi064

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Original poster
Jan 17, 2012
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I got so fed up with this nonsense too. I never got it to work reliably.

I ended up purchasing a new printer with wired/wireless built-in. Another option, if your printer supports USB, is to use and AEBS for a host, but that may cost more than a new printer.

Got it... but did you ever have problems with no pages printing??? That's all that's stopping me from printing right now. Maybe it has to do with the print processor I'm using???
 

Richdmoore

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Jul 24, 2007
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It has been a few years, but I think I loaded bonjour for windows, and I was able to share using that. Later, I reversed the process, put the printer on my Mac and used bonjour for windows to allow my pc to see it.

Unless you have the free time to troubleshoot this, I agree it may be worth it to pickup a wireless printer , bonus if you have an iOS/android device to use with a compatible AirPrint/googleprint printer.

(Sorry I don't know the name of androids version of AirPrint on the top of my head.)
 
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