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Print to an OS 9 shared USB printer from OS X Printers
(Note that this obviously won't work on Intel Macs, which don't run Classic.)

Remember how OS X and OS 9's printer sharing protocols are completely incompatible with each other? While there are a number of convuluted ways to see an OS X printer from OS 9 (such as this hint), there isn't any readily apparent way to use an OS 9 printer from OS X without installing some absurdly expensive 3rd-party server or setting up an obtuse open source LPR server. Fortunately, Classic is quite a bit more complete than one might think, and contains everything you need to share a printer.

1. On the OS 9 server, set up USB Printer Sharing for your printer(s) on the OS 9 server as normal. (See Apple's help for details.)

2. On the OS X client, start up Classic if it isn't already running. If your installation of Classic on the OS X machine doesn't already have the OS 9 drivers for the printer you're trying to connect to, install them.

3. Once you've got the printer's drivers installed in your OS X machine's Classic System Folder, open the USB Printer Sharing control panel and preselect the printer(s) you want to print to. Now use the Chooser or Desktop Printer Utility to set up the printer.

4. If you made a desktop printer, you should be able to drop a file onto it in order to print. Alternately, open an OS 9 program under Classic and you should now be able to print.

Note that you need to have USB Printer Sharing enabled on the OS X client too in order for shared printers to work, and that Classic will not sleep while USB Printer Sharing is enabled, although you can turn USB Printer Sharing off and back on again without screwing anything up. Also, needless to say, this will only work while Classic is running.

[kirkmc adds: I haven't tested this; I don't have any Macs running OS 9.]
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