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Printing from Win2k to OS 10.2 Mac USB printer
Authored by: courtsk on Mar 21, '04 04:30:13PM

I don't have Win2K but just Win98 and was convinced that I could make my new Samsung ML1710 work as both a shared and a local printer. I discovered that as soon as I used the advanced setting to make it work on the network it wouldn't work on the local, so I think I have come up with a workaround using a lot of the information you provide above. It appears that to work locally you need to retain one printer with the URI of file:///dev/null (which when you use http://127.0.0.1:631 will show up as file://dev/null, i.e. 2 rather than 3 ///'s). On the other hand if you created a printer using the option click add and chose advanced and chose the printer that it listed, the one that worked locally would be replaced. So...what I did was use choose to add a USB printer instead and pasted in the string that you found with ipinfo -v for the printer that you are trying to connect but give it a new name, e.g. MyPrinterSMB or some such.

Now to get the settings correct on the Win98 end you have to have SMB set up so that you can see the printers that are connected to your Mac. The name that shows up won't be the one that you made up, but go ahead and add a printer and choose whatever name shows up in the Network Neighborhood browser and put in the software that is appropriate for the printer connected to the Mac if it were connected to the PC. Now comes the trick. Open up the printer properties. Go to details tab and click on "add a new port" button and replace the name of the printer that showed up in the NN browser with the one that you made up when you added the printer. Then link your network printer to that port. The name in the printers folder will remain the same. In my case the official name that the Mac software provides is ML-1710, but the name I made up is SAMSUNGSMB so the printer shows up as ml-1710 but the new port sends it to SAMSUNGSMB.

Interestingly enough while the printer works fine, the information doesn't go through the Mac OSX print spooler (i.e. it doesn't show up as a job). Also while http://192.168.x.xxx:631 will show all the printers on the computer listed I can't get test pages or anything else to work from the URL links. The printer in the PC printers folder, however, acts just as though it were connected to the PC. Very slick, once you figure it out. Also you can then just add the USB printer to the Mac in the usual way and usel it (with the standard name that print center provides) for printing locally from your mac.

Good luck.

Court Skinner



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