: Network printer Windows to Mac


Bjornbro
Aug 24th, 2004, 05:58 PM
I have an Epson Stylus printer (serial) connected to an a XP box and the printer has the "Share This Printer" box checked off. On my iBook (OS X) I've set up the printer via the System Prefs.

Problem: I can't print. This message pops on my iBook:
Unable to connect to SAMBA host, will retry in 60 seconds...The question obviously is, what do I need to do to be able to print?

Note, these computers are networked via an Asanté Friendly Net 4 port ethernet router, not directly together.

mr.muggles
Aug 24th, 2004, 06:18 PM
On my iBook (OS X) I've set up the printer via the System Prefs.
I am wondering if your iBook saw the printer on the windows machine when you set it up or did you just do it manually. If it did see it then you *should* be able to print. I do this at work and the first time I set it up Windows printing I had to log into the workgroup that the computer hosting the printer was on. It could have something to do with the serial connection my windows printer is USB. I also use the gimp print drivers for the windows printer.

Bjornbro
Aug 24th, 2004, 07:28 PM
Yes my iBook saw the printer within the (Windows) workgroup and I even selected the proper gimp print driver. Another message which I have seen is (from memory) ...something...nt_access_denied...something...

And I was wondering if network printing only works with USB, that's why I made a point of mentioning the serial connection. Still, if my iBook can see the printer...

Since the Epson printer can hook up either way, can anyone confirm whether or not I have to change the printer connection from serial to USB to be able to print?

If I can resolve this problem with the help of my ehMac brethren, I'll donate $10 bucks to help keep this wonderful forum going (https://www.paypal.com/xclick/business=paypal%40ehmac.ca&item_name=ehMac+expenses+donation&no_note=1&tax=0&currency_code=CAD&lc=CA) (heck, I'll do it anyway :D ;) ).

Croptop
Aug 24th, 2004, 07:49 PM
And I was wondering if network printing only works with USB, that's why I made a point of mentioning the serial connection. Still, if my iBook can see the printer...
OK. I can't help too much as I've only been a Mac user for about a week now. However, I *can* say for certain that you don't have to switch the printer to a USB port.

I've got my (wife's) shiny new iBook configured to print to my Epson 740 which is connected via parallel port to my Win PC running XP Pro.

I did the whole thing by just following the prompts that OS X provided.

Not much help to you but hopefully that eliminates one area of investigation from your quest to print.

John

Croptop
Aug 24th, 2004, 07:52 PM
One quick thing:

Are you using the same userid to log into the iBook as you are to log into the XP machine?

I seem to recall having to provide *my* Windows login id when I was setting up the iBook printer because my wife's login id on the iBook was not recognised by the Windows machine.

Just a thought.

mr.muggles
Aug 25th, 2004, 11:33 AM
I found this article on the MACOSXHints page, it seems to be pointing to a password issue between the mac and pc. Maybe more searches through there will help.

http://www.macosxhints.com/comment.php?mode=display&sid=20020824202229751&title=Unable+to+connect+to+SAMBA+host&pid=14799

Hope it helps, it can't find anywhere that says serial printing is a problem.

MM

MrVermin
Aug 30th, 2004, 08:59 PM
What the others here have said about the password issue is correct...

I print from my B&W G3 to my printers on my PC systems running XP and Windows 2000 and I need to login to the XP or Win2000 machines with a username and password in order to print through them.

Easiest way to do this is, on the Mac, select the Connect to Server, and log in to the PC that you wish to print through. Then you will be able to print through it as long as you remain logged in to it...

MrVermin