Problem with printing to a shared printer on WinXP

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by unkn00wn, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. unkn00wn macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2010

    I need a bit of your asisstence. Iam new to OS X and have some printing issues from my MBP.

    In out network we have 2 printers which are connected to a PC with Windows XP. One printer is Canon IP1700 and the other one is Develop Ineo 163.

    I can see that PC and also I can add printers.

    1. Printer - Canon IP1700
    When I add printer there is all ok, Snow leopard have already driver for this printer inside. I select the driver and install printer. But when I try to print something it doesnt work. On PC the print job is created but job status isnt printing, as it should be, but it is "Spooling...". Even if I let it 10 minuts or more, nothing happens. When I look at the print job detail on PC, there are 0kb transfered.

    What could be wrong?

    2. Printer - Develop Ineo 163
    As I have been informed I cant print from my mac to this printer, because it supports just GDI printing. Is there anything I can do? Are out there any universal GDI drivers for mac, or any converters or any other way which could get this printer to work from mac?

    I hope I gave you a good description what are my problems, and I hope you could help me out to solve them

    Thanks in advance!
  2. gsahli macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2007
    First - it's important to understand that print drivers on OS X aren't the same as on Windows. On Windows, one driver works for all the possible comm protocols -USB, Windows shared printing, TCP/IP printing, etc. On OS X, there are two types - monolithic drivers (everything is written into one driver - postscript conversion/page creation, and comm protocol); and CUPS drivers (interchangeable modules called filters and backends and plugins). Nearly all manufacturers of non-postscript printers use the monolithic type. They can limit what the driver works with by only including the comm protocol they want in it. So, your Canon-provided driver is USB-only. Apple included some third-party CUPS drivers in OS X - the Gutenprint drivers.
    You should check to see if Gutenprint supports your Canon:

    To use a GDI-only printer, try this:

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