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10.3: Share a Panther printer with OS 9
Authored by: wing man on Mar 17, '04 08:31:45PM

Great, now how do you do this in reverse?

I have a beige G3 minitower (running MacOS 9.2.2) hooked to an HP DeskJet via USB. This G3, along with an iBook and a new iMac, are each connected to a LinkSys EtherFast Cable/DSL router. The iMac and the iBook are each running on MacOS 10.3 "Panther".

I turned on File Sharing and the computers can browse each others' hard drives without any problem. But the iMac and the iBook cannot print via the LAN. In order to print from either of these machines, I have to either bring a computer to the printer and connect the USB cable or I have to bring the printer to the respective computer and do the same.

Why is this so tough?

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10.3: Share a Panther printer with OS 9
Authored by: BMarsh on Mar 17, '04 10:42:26PM

If you could setup a LPR Server (or LPD maybe) it would then work. Then you could print from the Mac OS X mac to it. Even then you may need to pre-process the file on the mac so it sends a file the printer can handle, instead of a postscript file.

Mac OS 9 was just never made to do half of the things that Mac OS X is, and they continue to improve and add new features. And it's network printing was really only meant for postscript style printing.

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10.3: Share a Panther printer with OS 9
Authored by: Johnny_B on Aug 30, '04 07:24:30PM

You could from Mac OS X dump the page to print as .pdf (open with Acrobat Reader) or .ps (PostScript), then have an AppleScript to look in the directory you dumped the file in, print it, and then delete it, or move it to some kinda archieve. Now, somebody good in AppleScript has to help you with the rest. But this would be the best "reverse" printer sharing from OS X to OS 9.

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