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Will Windows-only printer work on Mac via Fusion


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I have an HP Laserjet Printer 1018 which does not have any Mac drivers but I can't afford to replace it just now. So, if I need to print, I have the tedious job of booting out of Snow Leopard into Bootcamp and XP. I have free access to VMWare Fusion 2 (legally) and my question is whether the printer will run via XP on Fusion if it has no Mac drivers and, if so, how that would be accomplished.

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do you have the drivers for the printer still ? it'll work with vmware fusion just like everything else

EDIT: if you have some time to kill you can try this as well - http://foo2zjs.rkkda.com/INSTALL.osx (this is the method used to get your printer to work on OSX)
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It doesn't appear to work even using up to date drivers and I'm wondering if printers still have to be Mac compatible to be usable within Fusion.
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The driver DRMac recommended should have worked. It specifically states that it's for the 1018. However, I suspect you have not gone through all the necessary steps to get the foomatic to work. Go to the following web site and read up on what you need to download. You need more than just that driver.

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Thanks but I really don't want to mess with the complexity of trying to get the printer to work within Snow Leopard. I would just be happy if it worked in Fusion but it doesn't and I would like to know how.
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The 1018 may work in Fusion if you first install the VMWare guest tools. I'm not sure if it has to be Mac compatible or not. I do remember when I ran Fusion 2 the guest tools drivers for video, sound, hard drive, airport, seemed to work without a problem. My HP 1012 worked OK from Fusion but it also worked from OS X since it had drivers. (I used the same drivers I recommended to you.) I have since removed Fusion 2 and now run Windows 7 from Boot Camp.

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