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Why use AppleTalk, and not LPR?
Authored by: Jaharmi on Mar 02, '02 06:45:11AM

Why use AppleTalk?

If you've followed these instructions, you should have an LPR queue set up. Mac OS 7.5 can do LPR printing, if you install the right LaserWriter driver in classic OS. The right version (or latest version you can run) depends on what version of Mac OS you're running; the Apple Downloads pages for each LW version will tell you which OS they run on. You should be able to use LW 8.6 or 8.6.1, at least. (If you already have Mac OS 9, no upgrades are needed; it's all included.)

I've got basic directions for setting up LPR printing in Mac OS 7.x-9.x below, once you've got LaserWriter 8.5.1 (or later) installed.


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Why use AppleTalk, and not LPR?
Authored by: on Mar 27, '02 03:51:59PM

Tell me how to do it with no purchases and I am game. Here is the setup:
HP DeskJet 850c connected by Phonenet to the Printer Port of a Power Mac 5200 and shared using the Localtalk Bridge control panel onto ethernet. I am printing from my powerbook running OS X over an Airport connection. It works fine. There were some funky commercial products a decade ago for doing IP over Localtalk but they are long gone. I was just interested in preserving my investment in hardware that is working perfectly well (and is more durable than 90% of consumer printers now.)
This is a home network. I was just fascinated to get back into guts computing and rigging things to work when they are "unsupported". In my opinion that is the realm of most geeks with shallow pockets. Other companies (I won't mention any names.) Want to lock you into paying every time Bill coughs.......uh oops.... I just appreciate having tools to rig when necessary.

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