New To Apple & Need Help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jupiter65, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. jupiter65 macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2007
    Hi I'm very new to Mac.

    I have a 2GHz intel imac. I want to print to a HP 930C deskjet located in another room and connected to a Win XP machine.

    I have tried and tried to setup the Mac. Now I can print. However what comes out of the printer is a garbbled mess. Nothing like what should be printed.

    I did go to HP and download drivers for this printer. However I have since found that in the Mac OSX, the drivers are already there for that printer.

    Any suggestions ?

    Is trying to print from Mac through an XP machine even possible ?
    Its kind of frustrating, especially as I thought Mac were supposed to be easier to do things with than Windows machines.
  2. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    As a test, can you print when the printer is connected directly to the Mac? Do you see the printer in System Preferences > Printing? Is your printer selected in this dialog?
  3. jupiter65 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2007
    OK Yes I can print correctly if it is connected directly to the Mac.

    I can see the printer in preferences.

    As soon as I hit print, it begins to print but the print is all messed up. So I suppose the communication is there across the wireless network.
  4. reubs macrumors 68000

    Jun 22, 2006
    Macs are easier than PCs, but that doesn't mean that wireless networks are. I wish I could remember about how I set all of my stuff up, but I honestly can't. Just be patient with it, and hopefully it will pull together soon.

    Enjoy your new iMac...wish I had one!
  5. dermo macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    HP Deskjet 930C

    Hi there,

    Ever get this sorted out? I am having exactly same problem. I did get a cable,Centronics on printer side and USB on Mac side but like you,using 12 sheets of paper for one page oactual text when I try to print.
    Cheers :confused:
  6. jfull15 macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2008
    I have a simillar problem as well, when excell or other documents print out with wrong formatting, orientation, etc. I end up having to transfer the document to the WinXP computer, and then print from there.. just bought the Airport Extreme, so hopefully that will work better!
  7. Mikey B macrumors 65816

    Mikey B

    Jan 4, 2008
    the island
    It seems like leopard doesn't play well with printers over a network. 10.5.2 seemed to iron out a lot of wrinkles for me. Which OS are you using?
  8. jfull15 macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2008
    ahhhhh. I bet I need to retry it with 10.5.2
    haven't done that yet.
  9. dermo macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    Printer problem


    Sems my issue was with the cable. Changed it to a USB A to USB B and it did the trick. LUckily there is a USB A port on the 930C.

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