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Printing to unsupported printers System
'Anonymous' contributed this tip...I haven't been able to test it, as my printer is connected via a USB-to-serial connector which doesn't work in Classic, of course.


"I found a nifty way to print to my supposedly "Unsupported Printer," in OS X native applications. Just press preview to save the printer output to PDF and open the PDF with a Classic application like Acrobat Reader. You can then just print as you usually would in Classic (assuming you have loaded classic with all your old printer driver extensions).

This seems to work for my Epson Photo 750 although it may not work for others."
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serial to USB printing in X
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 26, '01 06:56:05PM

okay, this is for all of you with serial printers and those lovely Keyspan Serial to USB adapters. yes, you SHOULD be able to print to your color stylewriter 2500 from within X. This is why keyspan put out an X native set of drivers for that serial adapter. all you have to do to get this gem is go to versiontracker.com and look in the osX section for anything by keyspan. it'll be ther.



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serial to USB printing in X
Authored by: ramose on Jan 15, '02 07:48:06AM

Okay,
I have this Keyspan serial-to-USB-connector, I have a Personal Laserwriter LS connected to it.
When I start-up my machine with OS9.1 printing is OK.
When I start-up my machine with OS X 10.1, printing is not OK.
Do I have to use the Printcenter Utility ?
I'm not a computer-wizard, I'm just a user, so please don't use too much computer-wizardry in your answer.
Thanks
Ramose



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serial to USB printing in X
Authored by: ramose on Jan 15, '02 08:00:19AM

Okay,
I have this Keyspan serial-to-USB-connector, I have a Personal Laserwriter LS connected to it.
When I start-up my machine with OS9.1 printing is OK.
When I start-up my machine with OS X 10.1, printing is not OK.
Do I have to use the Printcenter Utility ?
I'm not a computer-wizard, I'm just a user, so please don't use too much computer-wizardry in your answer.
Thanks
Ramose



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serial to USB printing in X
Authored by: balthisar on Jan 15, '02 08:04:38PM

Ramose,

(1) the printer IS working properly when boot into Mac OS 9.x directly, right?
(2) when in OS X, you WILL NOT BE ABLE to print from a Mac OS X pogram, since your printer is not supported. The Print Center, then, is NOT used.
(3) when you start a program in Classic -- a program with the old look-and-feel -- you should be able to print from THOSE programs.
(4) If (3) works for you, you can then "Print Preview" from Mac OS X programs (non-Classic programs), save the results as a PDF file, and use the Classic version of Acrobat Reader to print your files.



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serial to USB printing in X
Authored by: ramose on Jan 16, '02 08:52:07AM

Hello Balthisar,

Thank You very much for your answer. But step 3 only works when I booted in OS9, not when I booted is OSX and then start Acrobat Reader under OS9. The machine answers me that there is a problem with the printer.
But, no problem. As soon as the ink-cartridge is empty, I will buy a new printer. The cartridges for the LaserWriter 300 are nowadays quite hard to find, and if You find them, their price is about 140 US$, which is more than the price of a new inkjet-printer and about one third of the price of a new laserprinter.
Thanks anyway !



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serial to USB printing in X
Authored by: ramose on Jan 16, '02 11:59:55AM

OK, I solved it !
The problem was due to the fact that I loaded a OSX-Keyspan-driver and installed it, believing that this was necessary when running OSX. So when I wanted to print with an OS9-application, I allways got the message that there was something wrong with the printer.
When booting in OS9, the OSX-Keyspan-driver was not active, so couldn't interfere with the OS9-Keyspan-driver, and all went well.
I uninstalled the OSX-Keyspan-driver, and now I can print with OS9-applications, even when booted with OSX. I can live with that.
This demonstrates that is is no good to have two drivers at once installed for the same peripheral.
Thanks anyway.



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Unsupported printer workaround
Authored by: rich13 on Apr 02, '02 02:45:03PM

YES! it works!

I have an old HP DeskWriter that I have linked up via AppleTalk in a complicated way... and I thought there'd be no way to get it to work in OS X

but the PDF ---> classic trick does the job no problems!

(To get Acrobat to open in Classic, you just have to get info and click 'open in classic'...)

nice one!

now we just need a script or something to do the whole thing automagically :-)



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