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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Aug 05, 2009
    Macbook Mac OS X Version 10.5.7
    Printer Sharing from PC to Macbook

    Having trouble sharing my printer, which is hooked to my PC, with my macbook laptop. I went onto 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

  2. #2

    margaret438's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 18, 2008
    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.

    good luck

  3. #3

    Member Since
    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?


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    MYmacROX's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 17, 2009
    2008 15" MBP Yosemite, 2012 21.5" iMac Yosemite
    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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