VMWare Printer Question

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Michael73, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. Michael73 macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2007
    Ugh! This shouldn't be so difficult. Here's the set up...

    Running WindowsXP SP3 using VMWare v2.0.2. In settings under printers, the box is checked which says, "Enabled - All printers installed on the Mac will automatically be added to the virtual machine." The other radio button is also filled which says, "Default printer for this virtual machine: Match the default printer on the Mac"

    The problem is that VMWare isn't picking up my default printer which is an HP PhotoSmart 8200 series. The only printers that XP finds are OneNote since I have Office 2007 installed and QuickBooks PDF converter since I have installed Quickbooks Pro 2009. I've also made sure that on the Mac side in the Printers and Faxes dialog box that the "Share this printer" box is checked.

    Can someone help?!?
  2. 199708 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2008
    Having the same problem with my Canon, suppose its a bug?

    I just installed drivers into windows for a temp fix.
  3. chrisandersen macrumors 6502


    Sep 6, 2008
  4. Michael73 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2007
    Thanks for the link Chris. What a pain but I eventually got it to work by downloading bonjour. The strange thing is that VMWare suggests that for bonjour to work, the network mode must be in bridge mode whereas mine defaulted to NAT. When I switched to bridge it still couldn't see the printer but it did in NAT - go figure. Maybe this had something to do with the fact that my printer isn't directly connected to my Mac and sits on the bookshelf behind me and is connected to the Airport Express?!?!

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