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I have a mixed network of a 475 (8.1), 7300 (9.1), G4 PowerBook (10.4), and an XP box. I recently bought a Canon Laser printer for which there are no Mac drivers.

To print to a Windows (XP) printer for which there isn't a Mac driver, a useful method is to install Port Redirection and Ghostscript/Ghostview on the XP box. Then create a virtual printer using the descriptor of a known Printer (e.g. Apple LaserWriter...). The virtual printer will be configured to redirect its output to GSPrint, which will actually send the job to the real printer using the Windows driver(s).

Here are detailed directions, with the additional caveats that the Windows printer name must not contain more than 12 characters, and if the Windows box has a workgroup name (other than workgroup), this must be entered in Directory Access (in Applications » Utilities) on the Mac. Double click on the SMB/CIFS entry.

By creating an LPR virtual printer, which points to the ordinary virtual printer, I also can print from either of the older Macs to the Laser. This works so well I moved an Epson inkjet from the 7300 to the PC -- Windows makes a fine print server.
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Print to a non-Mac-supported Windows-connected printer
Authored by: Sven G on Dec 04, '07 10:28:44AM
BTW, here is another very useful website dedicated to printing, Bonjour and AirPort in mixed environments:

http://www.ifelix.co.uk/tech/index.html

(not yet updated for Mac OS X 10.5, however).

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Print to a non-Mac-supported Windows-connected printer
Authored by: iFelix on Dec 06, '07 07:02:57AM
I do now have a copy of Leopard (and Vista Home and Business) and I am working on the new printing and sharing guides as quick as I can...

http://www.ifelix.net/blog/?p=50

Slowly but surely getting there sooner rather than later.

iFelix

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Print to a non-Mac-supported Windows-connected printer
Authored by: bedouin on Dec 04, '07 06:29:28PM

I used this technique for over a year at a former place of work. I was dealing with a Canon printer as well and this worked absolutely fine.



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Print to a non-Mac-supported Windows-connected printer
Authored by: cybernanga on Dec 10, '07 08:22:00PM
If it's a Canon Printer, check out this previous MacOSXhint about a silently released driver that works with several models of Canon Laser Printer. It works perfectly with my LBP-1120 from both my iBooks (G3 & G4) and an Intel Mac Mini. Hope this helps someone

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