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10.3: Print from Windows XP to a shared Mac printer
Authored by: jverd on Sep 22, '04 12:03:38AM

crud crud crud crud crud.

Very disappointed with OS X's alleged "shared with windows" setup. It's almost as painful as windows that can only be resized from the lower right corner.


I forget which is panther and which is Jaguar, but here's what I've got:

Darwin ***** 7.5.0 Darwin Kernel Version 7.5.0: Thu Aug 5 19:26:16 PDT 2004; root:xnu/xnu-517.7.21.obj~3/RELEASE_PPC Power Macintosh powerpc

So I turn on WIndoze sharing and printer sharing, try browsing for printers on my XP laptop. The dialog has Microsoft Windows Network, and under that root, MSHOME. That's it. No Mac, no printers, no squat.

Tried the CUPS suggestion, but couldn't log in. It didn't like the root user/password. Yes, I set root's password. I can ssh and su to root, but CUPS doesn't like it.

Any suggestions?

(SIde note: Sharing drives doesn't work either. Windows never finds them.)

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Sharing Mac's printer with XP--authentication?
Authored by: jverd on Oct 23, '04 05:51:04PM


Okay, I"m an idiot.

It might have helped if I'd reconnected the 2nd ethernet card on the Mac--that is, the one that goes to the router, instead of to the hub hanging off the cable modem. Once I put the Mac on the LAN, things started moving along nicely...

...BUT I'm not quite there yet.

I can't seem to authenticate. I read some SAMBA docs and the man page, but can't figure out how to get the Mac to allow the XP laptop to connect. XP sees the printer, it's just not allowed to use it.

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