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April 1st, 2011, 05:01 PM
Hello - first time posting here - been reading posts - quite interesting.
Newbie with a Mac - Just getting started - Hope you can help with my first
I have a Mac Notebook - I want to add a printer that is shared on my home
network and installed on a windows OS (XP Pro) system.
My Epson printer is installed on my Windows XP desktop - I have made it shareable on my WORKGROUP - My Mac connects to teh same network and using a wireless connection -
It may be simple to do but I can't seem to be able to add the printer to my Mac - Any suggestions -
April 1st, 2011, 06:22 PM
Welcome to the Mac and to MacOSX.com.
You don't have an "Epson," you have a specific model Epson printer. CUPS print drivers exist for some model printers. If there is a CUPS print driver available for your model, then it is a very easy task to setup your printer as a network printer. If not, then it should be possible to use the Windows computer as a print server and to access the printer through your Windows computer.
If the Windows print server is the route that you want to take, then this is a standard setup and is explained in both your Windows and MacOS X help facilities.
April 3rd, 2011, 11:32 PM
Thank for the reply - Not quite sure I follow your description -
However, I will figure it out somehow
appreciate your input -
April 4th, 2011, 07:45 AM
Make sure you have the printer drivers for that shared printer. The log into your Macs CUPS Unix Printing (http://127.0.0.1:631/) and try to add the printer. Just male sure you are using the same Windows WorkGroup that is in that XP machine (in OS X go to System Preferences->Network, Advanced button, WINS tab).
Another hint is use "Connect to a Server" to connect to that XP machine use the string
Then as others on the net say:
- winuser = XP login name
- password = XP login password
- workgroup = XP workgroup name
- server = Computer name of the XP machine
- printer = Share name of the shared XP printer
URL is case sensitive
Lastly read my oder post [HowTo]Print to a Windows Shared printer (http://macosx.com/forums/howto-faqs/310438-howto-print-windows-shared-printer.html) and see if that older hint helps.
April 5th, 2011, 12:39 AM
Managed to get it up and running - Connected via "Connect to a Server"