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    Can't find my printer
    I got my Macbook yesterday and I am trying to setup my printer. It is connected to a Windows machine via USB. It is a Canon i550. When I go to the Printer Setup Utility, I can see my workgroup, but not the printer. I also put drivers for the printer on my Macbook.

    Thanks...and I love my Macbook.

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    On your Windows machine, make sure you have Sharing enabled. You have to explicitly share your printer before any other computers can find it.

    Good luck!

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    Question Can't find shared printer
    I have a printer attached by USB to my Windows XP computer. I am trying to get my macbook to find it. The Printer is shared and another windows laptop I have can print to it.

    I can get to the print setup part where I can choose the computer, but the printer isn't there.

    Thanks.

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    I have a similar problem, but found a temporary solution.

    I can only see Microsoft Office Writer as a shared printer, even though my Laserjet is shared. I'm thinking this may have to do with the fact that my printer does not offer Mac drivers (and thus, Mac OS X wouldn't support it natively). However, when in Windows XP via Parallels, I can see and print to the Laserjet just fine, so it's definitely not a problem with capability. So if I really need to print something, I just print it via Parallels.

    I found a solution online that involved creating a Postscript printer that would then send the print request to the shared printer. It seemed to be a very long and complicated way just to setup a shared printer on a Mac.

    If somebody else has a simpler solution, I would like to hear it.

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    I think I saw it too. Its called GhostScript or something.

    My printer is a Canon i550 and there are Mac drivers for it. I installed it, or atleast I thought I did...I am still getting used to OS X.

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    Still can't find my printer
    I having having a lot of trouble finding my shared windows printer. I did some research and found out that the drivers for the Canon i550 are included in OS X. I can get internet and my pc can see the macbook. My Windows laptop can print to it.

    The printer is connected to the PC by USB.

    I am stumped.

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    Printer saga continues
    I have a Canon i550 printer connected by USB to a Windows XP SP2 computer. The printer is shared by the name canoni550. My sisters Windows computer can print to over wireless. I plugged the printer into my Macbook and it picked it up right away, so drivers aren't an issue. When I am in the printer setup, I can find my workgroup, but there are no printers to choose from.

    Has anyone else had this problem?

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    Has anyone found a cure for this? I am using an Intel Macbook (OSX10.4.9). I can see the network neighborhood in Finder but can't see any shared printers (on the windows network) using the printer setup.

    Printer is an HP D4160 w/c has an osx driver.
    Shared printer name is "D4160"

    I've been looking for a solution to this everywhere & It's getting frustrating.

    I even tried Thursby's Dave.

    This used to work flawlessly in my iBook G4 so I'm guessing its got something to do with the code for the Intel processor???

    Any help will be highly appreciated. TIA!

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    You know, whenever I can't find something, I think "ok, where was the last place I saw it?". And then I retrace my steps. And SOMEtimes, it [my car key] was in my hand the whole time.

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    I'll try to get this working on my mac and let you know if it worked and how I did it...
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    You're looking in the wrong place. If a printer is shared from another computer, you won't find the printer in the network neighborhood. You'll find the printer a few levels deeper, under the computer to which it's shared from.
    Entire Network -> Neighborhood -> Computer -> Printer

    On the PC, share the printer. (pic1)
    Right click the printer and choose Sharing...
    Make sure it's shared and give it a name

    On the mac:
    Open Printer Setup Utility in Applications/Utilities
    Go to the Printers menu and choose Add printer...
    Click the More Printers... button
    Open the network neighborhood of the computer of which the printer is shared
    Open the computer of which the printer is shared
    Select the printer, click choose.

    Good?
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    Try what giulio said. If you're not browsing to the printer you won't see it.

    I had a horrible time setting up my printer - also connected to a windows machine. I tried the ghostscript method, I tried everything. Ended up getting an airport extreme router and hooking up the printer directly to that via usb. Installed bonjour for windows on my windows machines, and they all connected easily. Works great now from all our machines.

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    Bonjour for Windows... that's a clever solution...
    schweb This has to be one of the best threads ever in MF history...
    Cherokee This gets my vote for most innovative thread on Mac-Forums... ever.

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    Still can't find my printer
    My office is a mess, too.
    giulio and lisa have it right, Bonjour for Windows is magic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giulio View Post
    You're looking in the wrong place. If a printer is shared from another computer, you won't find the printer in the network neighborhood. You'll find the printer a few levels deeper, under the computer to which it's shared from.
    Entire Network -> Neighborhood -> Computer -> Printer

    On the PC, share the printer. (pic1)
    Right click the printer and choose Sharing...
    Make sure it's shared and give it a name

    On the mac:
    Open Printer Setup Utility in Applications/Utilities
    Go to the Printers menu and choose Add printer...
    Click the More Printers... button
    Open the network neighborhood of the computer of which the printer is shared
    Open the computer of which the printer is shared
    Select the printer, click choose.

    Good?
    Sorry but I've been doing all of this since I got the macbook 4 months ago. I really can't see the printer in the Printer Setup Utility.

    It just doesn't show up under "more printers/network neigborhood/ or any workgroup".

    I'm stumped!

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