network printing issues

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by johnh57, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. johnh57 macrumors regular

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    We have qwest dsl wireless service. The main box is an HP box running Windows XP. The Hp is connected to the router via ethernet cable. We have a Xerox Phaser 6280dn printer hooked up to the xp box via USB.

    I am trying to access the printer from my macbook pro 15 (2010). The macbook is running OS/x (latest update 6.7 I think) and running Windows 7 pro via bootcamp.

    Running windows 7 under bootcamp, the xerox printer is recognized and I can print to it with no problems. Under OS/x the printer shows as being found, the drivers installed properly, and you can select it as a printer with no problems. But when you print to it nothing happens. The screen on the mac flashes something (too fast to read) and then there is nothing - nothing in the queue, nothing on the printer, nothing.

    I installed bonjour for windows on the xp box - it can't find any printers (?)

    Also have an hp photosmart connected via usb to the macbook - I have not tried to print to it from the xp box. I don't know that I would ever really need to do that. The photosmart is really to allow printing of 11x17 cad dwgs which I will only do from the W7 side of the mac.

    john
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Why on Earth would you do this? Ditch the USB connection. Your printer is a fully-networkable Bonjour-compatible printer. Use it as such. Connect your printer to your router via Ethernet. Now every computer on your LAN--wired or wireless--has equal access to the printer. On your Mac, it is a simple Bonjour selection.

    Your printer fully supports Windows networking. However, Bonjour is less of a hassle. If setting-up the Xerox as a network printer in Windows proves to be a hassle, then download and install Bonjour for Windows from Apple's website. Easy as pie.
     
  3. johnh57 thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok, thanks. Connected it into the ethernet connector of the router, moved the hp box to the usb port on the router (router has one ethernet and one USB port) mainly because I had the right cables. Reset the DCHP and generated an IP for the printer. It works on the hp under windows xp, and on the mac under os/x. I have not tried it under windows 7 on the mac, but it shouldn't be hard to figure out when I reboot under bootcamp.
     

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