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Limits to OS 8-9 sharing
Authored by: gsahli on Apr 11, '06 07:02:38AM

Responding to Bakalite:

Printer Sharing from an OS 7-8-9 Mac only works in these specific ways:
1. Install the USB Printer Sharing Control Panel on Classic and on the old computer. (need drivers on Classic as well as on old computer) You can only print from Classic this way, not from OS X.

2. install the Appletalk Bridge Control Panel on the old computer. An appletalk printer is now available to both OS X and Classic. It is possible that only postscript printers work for this.

3. Install "Print66" LPR/LPD free server software on the old Mac. Classic can access postscript printers after setting up in Classic using the Apple Desktop Printer Utility. OS X can access any printer that it has a CUPS driver for in this way, setting up in Printer Setup as an IP printer > LPD.

Only these three methods work. Regular - It Just Shows Up and Works printer sharing doesn't work because OS X and older OSs don't use the same sharing protocols.

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Limits to OS 8-9 sharing
Authored by: bakalite on Apr 11, '06 10:31:43AM

There are ways to get osx running on older machines... depends how old of course, but have you looked at prices for used g3's? They're giving this stuff away.

Anyway, I just wanted to add that having another computer running osx on the network is a huge advantage in all kinds of ways. It's kind of off topic in this thread, I just mention it because I find that before you jump through a hundred hoops and spend money on a linksys printserver, you might look into this solution which will also solve some other problems down the line.

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