Printer and Parallels

Discussion in 'iMac' started by NeoMacPhile, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. NeoMacPhile macrumors newbie

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    I've had my iMac since June and I love it, but I have a few issues. This is my first Mac. I was a PC advocate until about a year ago. I've never used Parallels and I'm not really sure how it works. I think I need it though.

    I used PaintShop Pro on my PC and I miss it. I use PhotoShop on the iMac and though I've had formal training in it, I've never liked the UI. I can run PSP on Parallels, right?

    My company offers a single use home use Microsoft Office deal, and I mean DEAL. They currently have Microsoft Office 2010 Pro Plus for Windows and Office 2008 for Mac. They are both $9.95 (full license for home use, it's pretty flipping sweet). I can only get one though and we have 2 PCs and the Mac, but I am the one that would be using it, and I use the hell out of Access. Obviously the Win version is a much better deal. It has all 9 of the Office Suite programs. I can download this through Parallels, right?

    Those two previous questions I think I know... but this one.... My printer.. It's not compatible with my Mac, there are no drivers for it. I've googled and I have searched this forum but I can't seem to find any information on if I can use my printer through the Parallels Windows. This would be so helpful. I guess this attests to my limited knowledge of how drivers actually work. Do any of y'all know? My husband recently got a Sony Vaio and we didn't check it's compatibility with our printer until after I sold my Dell. Turns out it's not compatible with the 64 bit Windows 7 he's running. I would probably install XP.

    Printer is a Dell 926 All-in-one

    I do have to install the Windows OS as a part of the Parallels thing, right? I am really not sure at all about it. I'm just tired of having to use my tiny Aspire One to print. :confused:
     
  2. NeoMacPhile thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yay!

    I am home now and I have installed Parallels, XP, and my printer. It works perfectly. All I did was plug it in, and it asked which "machine" I wanted it on. I selected the "BootCamp" then I went to the Dell site and installed the drivers. Simple as that.

    I looked and looked for a work-around to get my incompatible printer to work, so I am thrilled that the solution was so easy. I noticed a lot of threads dealing with this issue so I thought I'd just let y'all know it worked.


    Parallels is nothing like I thought it would be.
     

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