Sharing a printer with windows users in OSX

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by Anticipat3, Feb 21, 2003.

  1. Anticipat3 macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2003
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Hi, how do I share a printer with Windows users? I'm thinking I should be able to just edit my smb.conf file to allow printers, but just doing this hasn't worked... is there anyone who has done this successfully and can explain how it's done? Thanks a million!
  2. medea macrumors 68030


    Aug 4, 2002
    Madison, Wi
    -hmm, try this:
    Overview:Install and share printer on PC.
    Link the CUPS backend command to the smbspool command.
    Add the windows printer from Print Center using the Advanced option.
    If necessary, install ESP Ghostscript for CUPS.
    The example below uses an Epsom 740i attached to a Windows2000 Pro laptop from a PowerMac G4/450 MHz.

    1. Make sure the printer is first working on the PC, drivers installed etc. and that Sharing printers is enabled on the PC. Note its shared name as shown in the Printers panel.

    2. As root, in the terminal, type

    ln -s `which smbspool` /usr/libexec/cups/backend/smb

    be very precise with the spaces and the back-tics `

    3. Open Print Center and click "Add Printer" with the [option] key held. This takes you to the Advanced options.

    4. Select the [Advanced] option which is now visible at the bottom of the menu.

    5. Select Device: [Windows Printer via SAMBA]

    6. Give the Device a name and enter the printer's URI in the form:

    smb://username:password@workgroup/server/sharename OR smb://server/sharename

    sharename is the Windows shared printer name server is the computer name workgroup is the workgroup or domain name username and password on Windows machine

    7. Select the printer type, in this case of Epsom COLOR Stylus 740i, select EPS > Epsom Color Stylus Series CUPS v1.1.

    8. On my system, for this printer, I found I also had to install the latest ESP Ghostscript 7.05.5 for Mac OS X. Without that, the print jobs appear to print to the PC, but very slowly, and don't actually print after queueing. Find this at the gimp-print site here:

    You don't need the whole gimp-print software necessarily, just the espgs part.
  3. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    here is another question, is it possibly to get a windows machine to see a usb printer that is being shared through usb printer sharing on a mac.

  4. ibookin' macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Might have to use DAVE for that.
  5. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    thats what i though, not worth my time though, ill just plug it into my pc and do that little trick above. thanks though.


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