MAC OS 10.3.5, HP laserjet 2100, RJ-45 connector... Unable to communicate with laserprinter.

Posted on 2004-09-30
Last Modified: 2013-11-13
I have downloaded the appropriate drivers, but I need concise, step by step directions on how to print to a HP LaserJet 2100TN.  Printer - add a printer dosen't help at all.  Yes, I do have a RJ-45 cable going directly from the back of my IMAC into the Jetdirect 600N ethernet adapter card inside the printer.  I know little about socket printing, IP printing, or appletalk settings, or hardware ip address.  I will award the full 500 points to whoever can CLEARLY outline the steps.  
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ID: 12196670
Im printing to the same printer, and it really is as simple as using Add Printer from the Printer Setup utility. Click the Add button, select Appletalk from the top menu, and the 2100TN will appear in the list. Hit the Add button at the bottom.

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ID: 12197210
the 2100tn dosen't appear in the list.  Apparently appletalk cannot be active on two ports (modem, and ethernet rj-45 jack) simultaneously.
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ID: 12197233
Appletalk shouldnt be active for your modem port.
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ID: 12204049
Wow, I am clueless.  I am unable to 'see' the printer, I don't know if I should use appletalk, IP printing, ethernet.  I literally just have an rj45 cable going from the compter to the printer, and the appropriate drivers installed.  I do not know how to 'ping' my port nor the laser printer.  All directions I find say 'ask your system administrator'  I do not have a system administrator. I followed WEED's instructions, and the 2100TN did not appear at all.  I have messed with my 'location' settings,  and all that did was disconnect my modem.   HP & Apple websites each say that my hardware IS compatible.  Help?
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ID: 12204081
Are you using a crossover ethernet cable? If not, try putting a hub between your machine and the printer.

You should be using appletalk. You should enable appletalk for your ethernet interface in the Network system control panel. That being done, it should just show up.

Author Comment

ID: 12206210
You got it dude.  Crossover ethernet cable.  Not 'normal' ethernet cable.  22 yo chick @ radio shack went crosseyed when I asked for an rj45 ethernet crossover cable.  She pointed towards the cable section, and I found it.  Upon following instructions, all went well.  Thanks.

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ID: 13100223
so I have followed the instructions above...same issues.  I have a G5 on a network connected (with the printer) through a switch.  Obviously I do not need the crossover, but when I select appletalk (auto) on my ethernet connection, it does not automatically "find" my printer.  I click on the "add printer" in printer set-up and then click on "appletalk" and it doesn't find the printer.  Any thoughts?  I am able to pull the default config data from the printer and it has a static IP and an localtalk node setting of 152.


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