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    Unhappy Printing woes
    I open up the printing icon, click the plus sign...and nothing. Nothing shows. I have a WiFi connection with my Linksys G, and my HP desktop, through an ethernet connection is also hooked up to my HP printer. My old pc laptop found it just fine. My MBP does't recognize anything. I went on the pc into the control panel and added the OS X and 515? Don't have a clue as to what that means. Also changed to print sharing. Told to go into the terminal and type up some gobbily gook and it asked for a password. It wouldn't even type. God...there has to be an easier way. I know many people have asked, but it seems to friggin difficult. I'm thinking I'll just do all my typing on the pc....I hate to do that, because I enjoy doing work on my laptop.

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    I open up the printing icon, click the plus sign...and nothing
    You're in prefs, click in 'Print & Fax', then click plus and nothing happens?

    A new window should open up. If not, there's an OS problem.

    It would also be handy if you gave us some information about what MacBook Pro / OS you're actually on. Your post is just a rant - not a methodical post to help us diagnose and solve the problem.

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    Well, I disagree with your assessment of it being a rant. Yes, I'm frustrated, but that is only because I have used pc's for over 20 years, and it is a little frustrating trying to figure out something that is very different from what I am used to. I have a new MPB with Leopard. As far as methodical...it is somewhat difficult to be precise and methodical, when I don't have a clue as to what I am doing. And, after reading many other posts by new individuals to macs....I'm definitely not alone. Yes, the new window does open up, but it doesn't provide me with any information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacintosh View Post
    Well, I disagree with your assessment of it being a rant. Yes, I'm frustrated, but that is only because I have used pc's for over 20 years, and it is a little frustrating trying to figure out something that is very different from what I am used to. I have a new MPB with Leopard. As far as methodical...it is somewhat difficult to be precise and methodical, when I don't have a clue as to what I am doing. And, after reading many other posts by new individuals to macs....I'm definitely not alone. Yes, the new window does open up, but it doesn't provide me with any information.
    Please don't start new threads when you don't get the answer you want in existing threads on the subject.

    You're making us reinvent the wheel rather than just working with us in existing threads.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    Sorry, I also am not forum proficient. That response was intended for, what I thought was this sight. When I was unable to find it, I did post it on the site that I knew I could find. Didn't mean to be redundant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacintosh View Post
    Sorry, I also am not forum proficient. That response was intended for, what I thought was this sight. When I was unable to find it, I did post it on the site that I knew I could find. Didn't mean to be redundant.
    I have to apologize too as I was confusing you with another member. Normally, I'd be a little more tolerant. See my post in the thread linked to above - and let's pick up this discussion on that thread.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    I don't understand why my Mac doesn't find my printer. It found my router just fine. I tried going into the printer utility and after clicking manual, it asked for my ip address for my hp printer....I can't find it, and I don't know if that even will work. When I did the add printer to my pc, I didn't click the automatic config which normally does the virtual usb port....I was told to add the tcp/ip one? I just don't know what to do. It asked for the ip address....do NOT have a clue. When I plugged my printer directly into my computer, via usb cable...bam! It came right up after hitting the plus sign. So....it apparently is compatible...it just isn't reading whether it's the ip address or I just don't know.

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    I'm running Leopard and I'm having the same problem. A couple of days ago I looked in Finder and there were both my other computers. But that only lasted that day. I didn't do anything different that day that I don't do every day. I was using Tiger on a macbook and all was fine... No problems... Wished I knew what was up with Leopard...

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    I guess
    I'll just have to connect my laptop to the usb cable if I want to print. Macs just don't talk to pc's. Oh well.

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    There is a great guide for setting up network printers that's really simple:

    Networking Printers FAQ

    I just used it the other day and it works like a charm. Trust me, I thought it was a hopeless cause to try and get my Macs to print to the printers connected to my PC, but after following that guide, it worked instantly. I felt so stupid for not having found it earlier

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    Angry Continued printer frustration
    Well, I got my Mac to see my hp printer. Unfortunately, it doesn't have an updated driver. So I installed the generic driver and my printer started spitting out blank pieces of paper like it is possessed. Arrrrrgh! I went on the internet, and I couldn't find a 5700 series driver for my MBP.

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    What exact model HP? Deskjet 5700?

    Found this for the 5740. Not sure of your exact model.

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/s...t=357202&lang=

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    So far, HP network printers on a mixed network have been my biggest frustration with Macs. HP has told me they don't support that kind of setup and I can't seem to extract the driver out of their local printer utility. Its irritating that HP would make such a simple concept this complicated.

    -MikeM

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    I'm using an HP 2710 on my network via an Airport Express. I just used the generic HP driver and it works fine. My network includes 1 Windows XP (SP2) machine and 5 Macs

    In my experience, HP has been far superior to the old Epson(s) I used to use.


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