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10.3: Share a Panther printer with OS 9
Authored by: marksch on Dec 09, '08 04:43:28PM
This hint works perfectly with my Epson DX6050, connected to a PowerMac G3 B&W, running Mac OS X 10.4.11 (Tiger), and shared with another PowerMac G3 B&W, running Mac OS 9.2.2.

After entering

lpstat -v

in the terminal, I get a list of printer. One of the lines is:
device for Stylus_DX6000: ///dev/null
Now, I open Desktop Printer Utility in Mac OS 9. LaserWriter 8 is selected by default and is my only choice. Just ignore this. Choose Printer (LPR) in the list labelled "Choose desktop printer type".

A new window Untitled 1 appears. The top half should contain an icon for the Postscript Printer Profile Document (PPD). The icon should be labelled Generic. If not, click on Modify and click on the Generic button in the next dialog window.

The bottom half should be labelled Select LPR Printer. (If not LPR, close the window and start again). Now click on Modify and enter the IP address of the machine the printer is physically connected to. Also enter the queue name. In my case, the queue name is Stylus_DX6000. Ignore the colon after the name and the path starting with ///.

Click on the Check button. A text should appear saying "The printer is located at:" followed by the IP address you entered. If this message doesn't appear, either the IP address or the queue name is wrong and you need to correct this.

If IP and queue name are entered correctly, click on OK. A Save dialog will appear, which lets you save the new desktop printer. Make sure you save it on your desktop and not somewhere else.

Have your own custom software created

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