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I have two 6500/250's connected to an Epson Stylus Pro Printer. I ordered and installed the optional localtalk interface card. The problem is that the ppc's print fine when connected through the serial port, but a problem arisses when i connect them through the card. I get a message saying that the printer is busy and waiting for another user's job to print. This happens even if there is no other computer attached to the network. I have cleared the spoolers, reinstalled the drivers,ordered and installed a new card, programmed the printer options, and I still can  not find the problem. Any ideas?
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The print quality of the epson printers are nice. They are, unfortunately, not very friendly. In order for a printer to be on an Ethernet or AppleTalk network, it must have an AppleTalk driver. Since epson is interested in selling their printer server hardware, which only supports a few of their printers, they do not want to make their other cheaper printers networkable, hence the non-development of AppleTalk drivers. This practice is wholely unacceptable. Maybe they have modeled themselves after microsoft (evil incarnate). In essence, you have been screwed.

The people staffing the technical support department of epson are rude and incompetant. Your best bet for information regarding the networkability of your printer is to call, beleive it or not, a sales rep of one of the large Mac catalog outlets.
1.800.304.0286 MacZone
1.800.275.4576 Other World Computing
1.800.217.9208 Club Mac
1.800.965.3282 MacMall

I went through this agony already with another epson model. I will never buy another epson product again. Maybe you can still return it and get a network friendly printer. If not, you will have to find a workaround, such as Networking the two Macs and sending the file to the one with the printer attatched to it.

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Make sure that AppleTalk is over ethernet at the AppleTalk Control Panel.
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Thanks for all the info. It still will not work, so I will take your advice and take it all back. any ideas on what I should get to replace it.
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HP makes very good printers. StyleScript turns an inkjet into a post script printer. Get both.
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