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I have a LAN with a Windows NT severs with a shared (HP) printer, and I have loaded "Services for Macintosh". The file sharing works fine, but I can't seem to get printing from the Mac working.  When I run the chooser, I cannot add a new printer, or select a network printer.
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You need to place the appletalk version of the printer driver in your extensions folder, reboot, then choose the printer in the chooser. With the chooser you dont really ADD a new printer the way you do on Win 95 where you just select from a list. There is actually an extension you need to add to controll the printer. Most people get the driver on disk when they buy the printer. Also the printer must be networkable, second it must be mac compatible. I hope that came out as clear is i hoped..hehe
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There are some problems with weed's solution. First of all, Windows NT services for macintosh act as a universal postscript translator for any printer on the network - including HP PCL printers. To use a Windows NT as a print Server, Network services for macintosh must be installed on the server. The laserwriter 8.0 driver (extension) must be in the extensions folder, and there must be descriptions for postscript printers in the SYSTEM-->EXTENSIONS-->PRINTER DESCRIPTIONS folder. The Laserwriter II description will do, but use the actual printer's description if you can.
After all the appropriate extensions are installed (and you have rebooted your macintosh), go to the CHOOSER, select the Laserwriter 8 icon in the left box in the Chooser, then select the printer name you wish to print from in the right box. Click the SETUP button and you should be good to go.

Note: Because binary postscript varies from printer to printer, you need to select the "ASCII text" option in programs that allow you to choose between ASCII and binary postscript encoding. (i.e. Quark Xpress, Adobe Pagemaker)
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