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Print from Windows XP to Mac-connected USB printers System
I found the solution today on how to print from a Windows XP to the USB printers (Canon s900 and Epson cx3200) connected to my OS X 10.3.6 Mac. I have tried all the recomendations from this site, and it was a hybrid between adding a local printer and connecting to a printer on the internet. Here are the details...
  • First add a printer
  • Add a network printer
  • Select "Connect to printer on the internet or intranet, etc."
  • Here is what my configuration is: http://192.165.1.65:631/printers/s900
  • Click Next and select the AppleLW12/660PS (you just need a Postscript printer here)
  • Finish set up.
But with this setup, when I printed to the s900, I got an error and could never get anything to print. The solution:
  • Delete the printer (icon) from the fax/print window that you just set up. You will not need it, because you are going to set up a new one.
  • Add printer again
  • This time select Local Printer attached to Computer
  • Don't add a new port. Instead, select one from the list. The 192.165.1.65:631 addrss that I set up earlier now appears in the port list
  • Select this port and click Next
  • Choose the Laserwriter 12/660PS again (any Postscript printer)
  • Replace driver and click Next.
  • Name the printer. The name will default to the one you chose earlier. This will be the name that will show up when your print dialogue box is displayed
  • Finish setup
Now when you look at the fax/print window, your printer icon shows "Ready," and you should be able to print. I was able to get to get mine to print before using this method, but every time I restarted my Mac or my PCs, the PCs could not find the printers.

Now here is the strange part (I dont know Windows very well, so maybe someone can explain this). After you restart the PC, the printer icons in the fax/print window are now grayed out and display "off-line." However, the printing still works and the name you gave the printer earlier shows up in the print dialog window. Again, I have two USB printers hooked up to my Mac, and this has been working so far (even after multiple restarts on all machines). Hope this helps some of you.

[robg adds: We've run multiple hints on getting Mac-connected printers working with windows (1, 2, 3), and there's a good discussion on the forum site. Each has slightly different advice, but hopefully one of them will provide enough info to help with your specific setup issues.]
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How about utilizing Rendezvous for Windows??
Authored by: btluczek on Dec 15, '04 08:29:36AM

I currently have Macs running 10.3.6 and Windows XP machines on my network at home. I wanted my Windows machines to print to my HP 4215 Officejet that is connected to my Airport Extreme base station. I did some research and found a Technology Preview 3 of Rendezvous for Windows XP and 2000. Installed the software and stepped through the setup wizard and now my Windows XP machines are printing to my HP printer via my Airport base station. I have not tried Rendezvous printing to a printer that is connected directly to a USB connected printer on a mac, but Rendezvous may provide assistance for this situation as well.

You can download the Windows installer and SDK from Apple's Develper Connection site:

http://developer.apple.com/macosx/rendezvous/index.html

BT



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How about utilizing Rendezvous for Windows??
Authored by: Tim_Olaguna on Apr 24, '07 03:43:28PM

This information saved the day for me. I'm now printing from my XP PC via my ethernet network to my Canon MP530 connected to my iMac via USB. The link provided works great even though the software provided is now the latest version of a Bonjour Printer Wizard for Windows.

I tried telling the software to load the wizard to try to use the MP530 driver. But that did not work. So I deleted the printer setup that did not work, used the Bonjour Wizard to again identify my printer, then just accepted the default generic printer driver it first offers. That worked very well for me. Prints black and white as well as good color.

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Cheerily Yours,

Tim O'Laguna



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Print from Windows XP to Mac-connected USB printers
Authored by: lavudyar on Dec 29, '04 01:55:47AM

Worked like a charm for me as well. I couldn't get Rendezvous to recognize my Epson USB printer while it was connected to my G4, so I plugged it into the Airport, ran the Windoze software, followed the wizard and 'bingo!' I was printing!
2 thumbs-up from this Macolyte.



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Print from Windows XP to Mac-connected USB printers
Authored by: whitefael on Jan 16, '05 01:03:03AM

Just wanted to add my experience... I tried using the Rendezvous for WinXP last year, but didn't have any luck with my Canon S750. I just installed the latest release (Technology Preview 3 - Dec 01 2004), and everything worked perfectly. I didn't get the printing error that the original poster mentioned. I just followed the first six bullet points and tried printing a couple of pages. I was overjoyed to hear the printer running!

I'm not sure if this is required or not, but I turned printer sharing ON for the iMac that my USB printer is connected to. Just go to System Preferences > Sharing and select Printer Sharing in the list.



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Print from Windows XP to Mac-connected USB printers
Authored by: stephenmathews1 on Apr 29, '05 12:49:26PM

Just downloaded the bonjour for windows and was looking through the .doc that comes with it:

Currently, the Rendezvous Printer Wizard will not discover printers being shared by the Mac OS X Printer Sharing feature because Mac OS X Printer Sharing does not use Rendezvous.

intresting.... might see printer sharing changing to bonjour? which is good for those among us who dont have airport :)



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Print from Windows XP to Mac-connected USB printers
Authored by: stephenmathews1 on Apr 29, '05 12:51:03PM

Just downloaded the bonjour for windows and was looking through the .doc that comes with it:

Currently, the Rendezvous Printer Wizard will not discover printers being shared by the Mac OS X Printer Sharing feature because Mac OS X Printer Sharing does not use Rendezvous.

intresting.... might see printer sharing changing to bonjour? which is good for those among us who dont have airport :)

sorry for the duplicate reply



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Print from Windows XP to Mac-connected USB printers
Authored by: jimfrost on Jan 14, '06 06:48:21PM

What a nice little tip, it helped me get a Canon i850 USB printer working and now I know a bit more about OSX printing that I didn't before.

The reason the straightforward approach (just giving it the IPP address) doesn't work is because the Windows print system autodetects the printer type and installs the driver automatically. The problem is that OSX exposes the printer as a postscript printer, no matter what it really is. Windows prints using the native printer format and the OSX postscript interpreter barfs on it.

Having given it the address, however, Windows adds it as a local port - a quirk in their implementation. It isn't deleted when you delete the printer, allowing you to select it as a destination. The more correct approach would be to create the port, but either way will work.

When you print using that port the printer isn't autodetected and you can pick any driver you want. So you pick a PostScript printer and you're in business.

Thanks for the tip and I hope this added explanation helps someone out.



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Print from Windows XP to Mac-connected USB printers
Authored by: haleyds on Mar 29, '06 08:09:38AM

I have a laptop with XP Pro, with wireless connection to my Mac G4 dual 450 which is using a USB to Parallel connector on a Epson Photo Stylus EX. I followed the above setup along with other OS X Hints for the CUPs printer and WOW it worked great right off!

I then wanted to change the CUPs printer setting to improve the quality, BIG mistake! Things got so messed up I had to start all over. The problem now is that while the CUPS setup is the same as my original and the PC Laptop sees and connects to the printer all it will print out now is junk and RAW data. Any idea's on what to check? I understand the CUPs has to be set to RAW.



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