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Print from classic to USB printer System
I have a supported HP inkjet printer connected to my PowerBook via USB. The printer works great in OS X (especially with the new drivers), but I cannot print from classic. I am wondering if there is some majic set of extensions that need to be turned on or off to get something to print from Classic. It seems as if it the print job hangs in Print Monitor (Classic), and can not be passed on the Print Center (OS X). Has anyone figured this out yet?

Thanks for any help,

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Printing in Classic
Authored by: Anonymous on Jun 09, '01 01:29:45AM


Make sure your chooser is set (in Classic) to the printer you have. I had the same problem until I selected the printer under the Chooser in Classic. Hope that helps

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Printing in Classic
Authored by: Anonymous on Jun 09, '01 01:32:15AM

Also Brian,

When printing in Classic it will not go through the Print Center in OS X. It does it the old fashion way thru the chooser.

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Printing to HP with Classic
Authored by: DeltaMac on Jun 09, '01 01:56:34PM

try this! (works with my HP 935) When you are ready to print, go to the drop down menu in print window, and select background printing. Now click on 'foreground'. I couldn't get mine to print at all in Classic until I tried using foreground. You may have to reselect foreground each time you print, or at least after each restart or new login. I think that one does not have access to the desktop printing software under classic, so when 'foreground' is selected, the desktop printing software is bypassed. I hope 'they' fix this as updates to OS X continue!

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Printing to HP with Classic
Authored by: Panjandrum on Jun 09, '01 04:32:42PM

If you want to print in the background all you have to do is increase the memory allocation of the "PrintMonitor" extension in your Classic system folder. I use about 4000k, but that is probably excessive (I didn't want to take the time to figure out what minimum setting would actually work, so I just cranked it way up). Sometimes the PrintMonitor still won't launch, so I put in in my Dock and if it doesn't launch automatically within a few seconds of spooling to disk I just launch in manually. This works fine. Also be sure you've got the latest "classic" version of the printer drivers, since there could be issues with older ones.

To increase your memory allocation just select the icon in the Finder and then "Get Info" and then look for the "Memory" section. It will be obvious what to do.

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Hint worked great!!
Authored by: cyberassassin on Jun 20, '01 03:03:22PM

Thanks for the foreground prinitng hint. Works like a charm. Since I don't need to do much printing from classic, it is no problem. Finally no more switching back and forth. All OS X all the time....


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