I have an old LaserJet 6P that was made for Windows: no Postscript, no USB (parallel port instead), no Ethernet, no print server built in. Nevetheless, this solution allows me to print to the 6P, in Postscript, from any Mac. Apple has done most of the work: the GimpPrint drivers (now built into Panther) drive the printer and the Ghostscript software (also in Panther) peforms the Postscript interpretation that the printer lacks. The LaserJet itself is connected via a USB-to-parallel cable. The steps you need to take are:
- On the Panther Mac that the printer is physically connected to, you need to find out the printer's CUPS name. You can do this by typing lpstat -v in Terminal, or through the CUPS web interface. If you use lpstat -v, the name is the first part of the line listing the printer. For me it was HP_LaserJet_6P.
- Use the Desktop Printer Utility on the OS 9 Mac to setup an lpr printer. Use the "Generic" PPD. The "Printer Address" is the IP address of your server, and the "Queue" is your USB printer's name.