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MAC Printing to NT Domain Printer

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I need to attach a MAC to my NT print server. Here are the specifics:
MAC G3 os 9.2
NT Server 4, sp6a
HP 1220C through LJ 300X Jet Direct box
Nortel Baystack 450 with concerned port forced 10 Half

I've created a seperate queue for the Mac and I've installed Print Services for Mac as well.
You can see the printer in the chooser but when you print to it, it says printer offline. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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by:weed
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Have you read www.macwindows.com? All sorts of information on making things like this work.
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by:TaylorMade
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No I haven't, but thanks, I'll look into it.
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by:Petectid
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It is possible to print direct to the printer if you  get the drivers for the mac from Hp(there is also a postcript driver available), these support an appletalk connection. I do this with Hp Laserjet printers which support multiple protocols and work with the Generic Laserwriter printer discription file.  Though this is likely to be much more of a problem with your setup which I also have on my network, but have not setup to print to the Hp 1220c from a mac.  The mac does not need to go through the NT server but prints straight to the printer which is connected to a print server.  Try it and see if you can see the 1200c when you install the 1200c driver
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by:TaylorMade
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Thank you, I'll try this Monday morning.
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by:WIF567
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Why do you want to go thru the NT server???  I have 4 of the same setup.  I am using appletalk in all cases except one.  The other setup is LPR.

Would there be a problem in using Appletalk?  Let me know i can assist you in getting setup on Appletalk.
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by:TaylorMade
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No, no problem whatsoever on AppleTalk. I was planning on using the NT box, because I don't know any better. First time, in 10 years, supporting Macs. I wasn't able to try it yesterday, but will today. I do remember that when I "telnetted" into the HPJD box (300x) I didn't see an option to turn Appletalk on or configure it.
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My comment above works the appletalk drivers are available and your printserver does support appletalk, this means you can see the printer in the chooser and set it up to print from any mac with the 1220c appletalk driver.  It must have worked for you so please award me the points.
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by:TaylorMade
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Petectid,
I'm sorry, but this has NOT worked for me. I apologize for my not getting back to the post, but the fact is that I'm still unable to print to this printer from the macs. While it's true that the macs can see the printer in their chooser, the print jobs come out as unintelligible characters. I've reloaded the drivers both on the server and then on the workstation to no avail. I've deleted the queue on the server to see if they can still see the printer in their chooser and I'll be able to tell you the results of that later on today. Thanks for the comments.
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by:adtx
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The problem is due to the limited PostScript (Level 1)emulation on the NT box. The mac prints, the emulation gives out and garbage prints. The earlier reccomendation would work far better. A small print server. I have used the Hawking one's. Cheap, effective and supports TCP/IP, LPR, Appletalk etc.
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ADTX IS RIGHT
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by:TaylorMade
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I actually called HP on this one and they said the 1220s don't support appletalk. You can direct connect to a mac, but apparently not over the network. I want to close this out, but have no idea who to give the points to. What say ye?
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by:Petectid
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We have 3 1220c HP Printers on our network, with HP Jet Direct Print servers.  I can print to these from our macs, also the Drivers are available on HP Website, so why would they say this?  I think you were unfortunate and got someone at HP who did not know what they were talking about! As I pointed out above the Print Server and the Printer support Appletalk.
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by:TaylorMade
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I don't know why they'd say that, but one of my techs called and spoke to two different people who said the same thing.... What type of JD box are you running? Thanks!
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I don't know why they'd say that, but one of my techs called and spoke to two different people who said the same thing.... What type of JD box are you running? Thanks!
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