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Mac driver for ProPrinter

I have been tasked with connecting some line printers to a Mac via ethernet.  These printers have a IBM ProPrinter emulation and a network interface.  I have been searching for network drivers (found some serial drivers) with out any luck.
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hdhondtCommented:
As I understand it, Apple has never supported any text-only printers, and IBM has never produced any Mac drivers for the ProPrinter. While some current printers still emulate the ProPrinter (for use with legacy appliications on PCs) they also support graphics protocols for which there are Mac drivers.

Of course, as any real Mac-man knows, the only real printers are PostScript, LaserWriter-compatible ones. And PostScript does not support text printing.

Do your printers support any other emulation?
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e_palmerAuthor Commented:
Epson FX and DEC ANSI.
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hdhondtCommented:
I have not been able to find any drivers for either MacOS8/9 or X. I strongly suspect you will not find any Mac drivers for test-only printers.

What is the funny Mac application that requires a lineprinter? Maybe you can ask their support people what printer they recommend. Or are you just trying to save money by using an old PC printer?
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rkrameshCommented:
hai

you can search it in

http://www.driversguide.com

rkr
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e_palmerAuthor Commented:
Well, it looks like I have two solutions:

- Connect serial and use one of the text drivers at http://www.macdrivermuseum.com/printer.shtml.

- Connect serial or ethernet with PowerPrint from Strydent.  http://www.strydent.com

I cannot get the Epson driver from Epson's site to work.  Since the documentation specifies the Epson NIC, I suspect it checks the MAC address or the NIC name via SNMP.
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wyliecoyoteukCommented:
Even if they have a NIC, it will probably need to be running Appletalk, and you would need a postcript card or emulation.

If you run OSX, you could try CUPS (common Unix Print System) which it supports, and will talk to most printers.

www.cups.org

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e_palmerAuthor Commented:
Since moving to OSX, this solution is now easily resolved.  CUPS is included with OSX and has several Epson drivers (an emulation supported by these printers).
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