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Print to a missing Windows shared printer in 10.3.5 System
Have you had the problem where a Windows shared printer couldn't be seen in the Windows Printing list? After much research and trial and error, I finally managed to successfully print from OS X 10.3.5 to such a Windows shared printer:
  1. Turn on Print Services for UNIX on the Windows box (more info)
  2. On the Mac, in Printer Setup, add a printer
  3. Choose IP printing, and LPD/LPR
  4. Type your Windows server name in Printer Address
  5. Type your Windows shared printer name in Queue Name
  6. Choose the appropriate printer. If your printer is not Postscript enabled, use one of the GIMP print drivers. Go to their site to look up which driver is appropriate. You might want to try different drivers here if yours is not one of the officially supported ones. I was printing to a Lexmark OptraE, and had success using a random Optra-GIMP driver, as well as the standard HP LaserJet 4 GIMP driver.
This worked for me, but really should have been a *lot* easier. Maybe somebody can now work out why those shared printers don't show up when you choose Windows Printing.
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Print to a missing Windows shared printer in 10.3.5
Authored by: kevinv on Sep 24, '04 11:44:00AM

I spend days trying to figure this out. I never did get them to show up.

My solution was to Option click the Add button, and then go to the Advanced option and manually enter the info to connect to the printer.

It works, not well, but it works.

More annoying is when the user's password is forced to change and the printers stop working until deleted and reconnected.



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Print to a missing Windows shared printer in 10.3.5
Authored by: seann on Sep 24, '04 12:46:33PM

Try making sure /etc/cups/cupsd.conf has the "BrowseAllow @LOCAL" flag, this probably won't help though.



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Print to a missing Windows shared printer in 10.3.5
Authored by: ctrlbreak on Nov 07, '04 04:46:19PM

I've been tearing my hair out about this too. Just got an iMac Flat Panel, and I can't see my windows shared printers any more.

I say any more because I USED TO SEE THEM! Then I re-installed the OS and no more! Instead I have to set them up manually by holding the option key and choosing advanced from the menu.

Anyone got an idea how to get them to appear?

Also, how do I print to a windows shared printer that is a downloaded driver, not an OS supplied one? The printer doesn't appear in the list (by company name) and if I choose "other" I get a file dialog that looks for some file - where should I point it?

If I connect the printer locally to USB (It's a Samsung ML-1510 by the way) then it works fine and the driver just seems to choose itself!



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Print to a missing Windows shared printer in 10.3.5
Authored by: hotchili on Jan 31, '05 09:51:08AM

You might want to check that the Network Neighborhood is set correctly in the Directory Access utility (SMB needs to match your Windows, I think).
Still trying to get this to work, it should not be this hard.



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Print to a missing Windows shared printer in 10.3.5
Authored by: Michaelangelo on Mar 03, '05 04:07:28PM

It's been an ongoing hobby of mine, trying to print a network printer in my small office. My hangup was the Unix print services thing. I thought that checking Macintosh print services would be sufficient, but apparently that's for printing form OS 9. This hint works equally well with 10.2.8 although you may have to put in your print servers IP address rather than its name.

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Mike



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Print to a missing Windows shared printer in 10.3.5
Authored by: baxter on Mar 24, '05 07:35:50AM

I've wrestled with this problem for about 3 weeks now.. and think i've found the problem..

We have a Windows print server with 30 queues, of which only five show up under Windows Printing in 10.3.8.

I noticed today that the 5 queues that _did_ show up had shorter names than the ones that didn't.. So i changed the share name of one the non-showers to a MS-DOS 12 character compliant share name, and bingo! It appears under Windows Printing...

So. give your Windows Printers a Share Name of 12 characters or less, and you're in business..



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Print to a missing Windows shared printer in 10.3.5
Authored by: baxter on Mar 24, '05 07:37:02AM

I've wrestled with this problem for about 3 weeks now.. and think i've found the problem..

We have a Windows print server with 30 queues, of which only five show up under Windows Printing in 10.3.8.

I noticed today that the 5 queues that _did_ show up had shorter names than the ones that didn't.. So i changed the share name of one the non-showers to a MS-DOS 12 character compliant share name, and bingo! It appears under Windows Printing...

So. give your Windows Printers a Share Name of 12 characters or less, and you're in business..



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