Mac OS 10.5 Leopard Share USB Printer With Windows

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Several things "broke" when I migrated from our old iMac 17" Flat Panel (Tiger) to our new iMac 20" Aluminum (Leopard). Bound to happen with a double jump in technology: PowerPC to Intel and Tiger to Leopard.

One thing that broke was sharing an HP DeskJet 6500 USB printer attached to the Mac with a Windows 2000 laptop on the network. I had accomplished this in the past using CUPS and creating a secondary printer. This did not migrate across, and I had forgotten about setting up a secondary printer and, besides that, CUPS has changed.

And I had the same problem with my new Parallels setup (a migration of the Windows 2000 laptop.)

Much time was wasted trying to print to the default CUPS printer and using the default HP 6500 drivers. There was also time wasted not realizing the universal HP driver pack is called "Inkjet" and not "Deskjet".

Bonjour for Windows almost came to the rescue, but the generic postscript driver would not drive color.

The bottomline: create a second CUPS printer *not* using the HP Deskjet device (it just wouldn't work that way) and instead set up a Samba for Windows "Raw" device. This means the Windows driver will control all printing instead of having CUPS drive the device.

Steps on Mac:
Add Printer
Name: HP3
Location: iMac20
Description: HP Deskjet 6540 (Windows)
Device: Windows Printer via SAMBA
Device URI: usb://HP/Deskjet%206500?serial=MY47T3R0XXXXX
(URI discovered with Terminal command lpinfo -v)
Make: Raw
Model: Raw Queue (en)
Add Printer

On Windows 2000 side:
Start: Settings: Printers
Add Printer
Network Printer
Connect to printer on the Internet or on your intranet
(Your Mac i.p. and printer name will vary.)
Answer yes about choosing a driver
Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
Printer: HP Deskjet 6500 Series
Default printer: Yes


Printer: HP2
Description: HP Deskjet 6540 Windows
Location: iMac20
Printer Driver: Local Raw Printer
Printer State: idle, accepting jobs, published.
Device URI: usb://HP/Deskjet%206500?serial=MY47T3R0DXXXXX



ken said:

tuping this on an otouch in thé Apple store

UT said:

I guess since J is next to K and B is next to N, that Ken is actually Jeb who has fingers that are too fat for the touch. It seems like the software should correct for fat fingers, but it would still never guess that someone would be named Jeb instead of Ken. Even if you got Jeb right, it might change it to Ken.

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