Setting up network printers on OS 10.4 using TCP/IP

Posted on 2007-10-15
Last Modified: 2013-11-24
I have a single MAC G4 running OS 10.4 connecting to a large LAN using TCP/IP.  I have had limited success in the past, getting this workstation to "find" available printers on the network.  Currently, I am trying to connect it with a Dell 5100cn with no success.  Any tips or hints are greatly appreciated  
Question by:Keyrisktech
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    First make sure the PPD file for the printer is installed. If you don't have an installer for it, just copy the file to Library > Printers > PPDs > Contents > Resources > en.lproj. Also make sure you know the IP address of the printer.

    Add the printer as an LPD printer. If the PPD file is not found, point it to the folder you've put it in.

    The PPD file should be on the driver CD. The Mac uses the same PPD as the PC, so if you don't have a Mac CD, find the PPD on the PC disk.

    You can also download it from the Dell website, but while the PPD should be less than 100kB in size, the driver download is 16MB. I presume that includes a massive installer and loads of other unnecessary files.

    Author Comment

    The only way to get a PPD file for a Dell printer is from the 'drivers and utilities' CD that comes with the printer.  The good news is  that the PPD is for the most part generic, so in this case, the PPD from a 3110cn CD works just as well.  Once the installer was in place, I now have the ability to connect to a network printer as long as I know the IP address.

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