Mac OSX printing 'garbage' line to HP LaserJet 5N

I have a LaserJet 5N on a network that prints fine from the PCs but only prints a 'garbage' line from our Macs. Looks like this:

%!PS-ADOBE-3.0
                         %RBINumCopies: 1

etcetera...

The printer self test config page shows appletalk status as 'ready,' but no appletalk zone is available from OSX printer setup.  Instead I have been configuring the printer using IP Printing, which is what spits out the garbage pages when I try to print.

Any ideas? Thanks...
DotFoilAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

hdhondtCommented:
Make sure the printer has PostScript enabled. If PostScript is sent to a PCL printer, the PostScript code will be printed as text - and the garbage you show is the start of a PostScript output file (the%!PS switches the printer into PostScript if it auto-senses language).

If your printer has PostScript enabled, make sure the LPR remote queue name is set to "auto" or "binps" (specified when you set up the TCP/IP connection from the Mac).

As for AppleTalk zones, the printer should automatically show up in the local zone if it behaves like a LaserWriter (which among other things implies PostScript). PC servers can "hide" the printer, so Mac users can only print via the PC queue.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
hdhondtCommented:
Further to my earlier comment, if you run Print Center under OS-X, the printer should show up when you create an AppleTalk printer (assuming PostScript is enabled and the server is not hiding it). Under OS 9 it should show in the Chooser after you select LaserWriter 8, on the same conditions.

The effect you are seeing may be caused by connecting via a PC server which switches the printer into PCL at the beginning of each job, forcing it to print PosrScript as text.

Does the printer itself show up at all in Print Center or Chooser? If you see a name that looks like a PC network name, you're seeing the server, not the printer.
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Printers and Scanners

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.