I was hoping that someone could help me with this puzzler.
I have been trying to set up a network with two computers and a Laserwriter 300. The computers in question are a Powerbase 240 (Power Computing) and a 7200 with built-in ethernet. Both are running OS8.
The problem is that whenever I have tried to connect using the prointer port, Appletalk is set up on the modem port and vice versa. Once, I was able to configure it so that the network was established between the two computers (I could use file share), but the printer wouldn't work. The most common error message was that the Port was being used by AppleTalk.
I have properly terminated the daisy chaing using PhoneNET connectors. I have properly installed the necessary printer software.
I have tried deleting all preference files and control panels related to networking and reinstalling system software.
1) I first configured the Appletalk control panel to the printer port as well as the PhoneNET lines. I did change to the modem port after I couldn't get it to print. Does it matter which port?
2) I did have the Laserwriter extension installed. It did show up in the Chooser. No problems there.
3) I tried setting up with a single PhoneNet cable from the Powerbase to the printer. It didn't work, then. Later, I tried it with the original printer cable, and I could print.
Basically, here is the what happened repeatedly:
I would try to turn on appletalk
Then try to turn on appleshare
Then, it would not let me into the port. I would get the folliwng message: Port being used by AppleTalk"
This happened both when I tried connecting the PHoneNet to the printer port and when I connected it to the modem port. No matter which it was, I would be given the message that the other port was being used by AppleTalk.
Then, a really weird thing happened. Once, I had the printer server computer (the computer in the middle of the daisy chain) finally configured properly. Then, the problem shifted to the terminated computer.
In short, I have never been able to print to the printer with the PhoneNet cable in any confugration, but networking and file sharing is no problem.