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Printing from Mac via Windows shared printer

Printing from Mac via Windows shared printer

Printing from Mac via Windows shared printer


I have an OSX 10.4 Mac that's connected to a LAN with Windows shares on it. The Mac can connect to the windows shares without a problem and can also connect to shared printers on the network. The printers are shared from XP Pro machines that are connected to a domain.

When the Mac tries to print to the shared printers the print is just random characters and never stops unless the printer is powered off and the job cleared from the PC's spooler. The printer itself is an HP Officejet K7100.

Anyone any ideas?



RE: Printing from Mac via Windows shared printer

Sounds like a print driver problem. I would try installing the Mac driver for the printer, and then pointing it to the shared printer. My reasoning is this,, all windows pcs use the same driver, while the driver may be different coming from a Mac. Do the printers have their own IP address, or are they shared thru the windows pcs?

RE: Printing from Mac via Windows shared printer


The printers are connected to Windows PC's via USB and shared from the PC.

I'd agree that it's a driver issue. Just not sure how to work around it.



RE: Printing from Mac via Windows shared printer

you need to have the appropriate print driver installed on your mac for it to work correctly.

If you don't already have the driver, this should be a link to the OS X HP software download page: http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=18972&prodSeriesId=3440925&prodNameId=3440930&swEnvOID=219&swLang=8&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=mp-56802-1

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