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Printer with parallel port not "seen" on my Mac

I have a Ricoh 3800 C color laser printer that works fine on Windows systems but won't link up with my Mac. I have a USB-parallel cable and have installed the drivers on the Mac but nothing I do seems to find the printer. Also, running Windows under Parallels doesn't work either. I am using OSX 10.5.6 Leopard. Any suggestions?

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I've never had much luch running parallel printers on UNIX systems, it seems that a serial connection works without any trouble.

At any rate, have you tried hooking it up to a stationary windows machine, and then sharing it using windows networking.

Then, you could simply print to it by using SMB...

I've done this before and it seems to work fine.

Posted on Mar 04, 2009

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    Rob Mar 04, 2009

    You'll probably have to turn SMB services (SAMBA) on if they are not on already, and then when you 'add' the printer, you'll print to a port with syntax like:



    SMB:\\192.168.0.100



    or something similar. I believe OS/X has that fairly well documented.

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