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I have an Imac appletalking to a Performa 5200CD. Multiple users has to be enabled on the Imac(OS9). As the owner I can print alright using the shared printer on the 'Performa' but other users get the "don't have enough privilages" message. Can anyone tell me what I have to do???
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Other users using what OS version? 9? Multiple users has nothing to do with printer sharing at any point. What printer? How is it being shared?
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by:Altair
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The performa is running OS 7.5 with a bjc4650 printer shared via appletalk.
The problem is, when a user other then the 'owner' tries to print from the Imac using this shared printer (connected to the performa's serial port), they get a message saying they do not have enough privilages. They have rights to run anything remotely connected (excuse the pun) with the bjc4650. Could it be the print spool file on the hard drive which they can't write to?
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Ahhhh got it. Some printer drivers are NOT multiple user compatible. When multiple users is enabled it creates a separate preferences folder for that users preferences. Many pieces of software arent smart enough yet to put their prefs and settings into this folder instead of the default "owner preferences" folder. You MIGHT be able to move the pieces over manually when logged in as the other user but since the software probably still looks to the owners preferences folder its chancy that itll work. Worth a try. If not, canon themselves might have an updated driver to work with MU.
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by:Altair
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hmmm, thanks you could be right. I'll try canon but the printer is such an old beast I don't hold much hope. Hang on a bit before I give you the points.
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Yah an older printer like that isnt likely to even attempt to support it. Even some of the newest printers dont yet support MU.
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cool, I'll settle for that and adopt another strategy.
thanks.
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