09-27-2009, 11:32 AM #1
Printer Sharing from PC to Macbook
- Member Since
- Aug 05, 2009
- Macbook Mac OS X Version 10.5.7
Having trouble sharing my printer, which is hooked to my PC, with my macbook laptop. I went onto about.com and followed this step by step instruction, and I did everything it said.
When I get to sharing my printer, I share my printer on my pc and made sure that both macbook and pc have the same network name. However, when I go to add a printer on my macbook, click on workgroup to see what networks are available, my pc name and printer do not show up.
Help anyone? The article I followed is below:
Printer Sharing - Windows XP Printer Sharing With Mac OS X 10.5
09-27-2009, 06:28 PM #2
this seems to be a re-occurring question, so it might be hard to get a response to your post. try using the search for network printer or something along those lines. a LOT of threads will come up. might also want to check the apple site - support. i believe it's covered there as well. if memory serves me correctly, it's a step by step doc
p.s. i'm still fiddling with WORKGROUP...many set their network printer up without using workgroup feature.
09-27-2009, 11:10 PM #3
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- Sep 14, 2009
I have 2 possible solutions for you.....
My printer/scanner/copier was usb'd to my desktop XP PC, and then have XP laptop and now a new Macbook Pro ... and a time capsule.
Could and did setup the time capsule as the print server - connect printer to time capsule and install Bonjour to the windows pc's and very quickly and easily had a working networked printer (without need for any desktop PC to be running to use the printer). However, scanners don't work over network like this so..... took a step back to use it connected to desktop as before - which is what you're trying to do.... So :-
First one to try:-
MacBook Hacker: Printing from the MacBook to a Canon MP 800 over an XP Network
Note to use not the actual printer driver, but a 'Guten' print driver.... give this option a try. Looks like many found happiness with this... but not me, sadly. Will try it again... but was not too upset as i'd already found this other gem :-
How to Use a Printer Attached to a Windows XP Computer in Mac OS X
This is a bit more longwinded, but not 'difficult' and WORKS..... was surprised. But for sure, if the first one abpve is giving trouble then just do this second option to get a prunter working - and you cna go back to the more 'elegant' way later.
Don't you love how Apple hid the advanced option in the printers window?
09-28-2009, 01:17 PM #4
And if none of those work for you, try connecting your printer directly to your router.
Of course, this only works if your router has a means of connecting to your printer via usb or some other means.
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