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    Can't add printers in 10.4.11

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    Can't add printers in 10.4.11
    I'm having trouble adding a printer on my OS X 10.4.11. I go into System Preferences, Print & Fax; I click the plus icon; nothing happens. I try doing this through Word, clicking "add printer"; nothing happens again. I also can't open my print queue or printer setups on the older printers that are already installed.

    Any idea why this is happening? I was totally fine to install printers even a few months ago, and I'm pretty sure I haven't messed around with anything since then. Any fixes appreciated.

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    Can't add printers in 10.4.11
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    Are you attaching the printers via USB to your Mac and then turning them on? In order for the printers to be detected they should be attached (not wireless) and turned on.

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    Can't add printers in 10.4.11

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    Hey, thanks a lot for replying - yup, the printer was attached by ethernet and then turned on. It seems to be a problem with my system, not the connection - maybe linked to the fact I can't open printer settings and print queue?

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    Can't add printers in 10.4.11
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    Having never used Tiger, I don't know for sure but you should be able to go into System Preferences, Print & Scan, click on the small + sign at the bottom to add your printer. If I remember correctly, the new printer should show up in the displayed printers box on the right. I'm using Lion now, but I don't think that has changed.

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    Can't add printers in 10.4.11

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    Hey! Thanks for this, but the problem is that I can't click the + icon. The + icon is there, but when I click it, nothing happens. Is this a known problem, or is it more likely that it's an issue with the printer/connection itself?

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    Can't add printers in 10.4.11
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    It does sound like an issue with the printer connection. I'm assuming you're connecting via a USB cable, so that should be straight forward. What kind of printer are you trying to connect?

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