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Trying to print print on an HP printer thats on a XP computer wirelessly.

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I have a computer that is an Compaq XP computer with an PSC 2100 series printer on it. I am trying to print to it from a MacBook with OSX 10.4. I can not get it to read a network. The Mac Book gets on the net just fine. The problem is I do not know enough about MACs to really tool around. everything on the Windows PC works fine. The wireless network is on a Linksys router.
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In order to connect to a printer shared on a Windows machine, you need to install Bonjour for Windows. See

http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/bonjourforwindows.html

Once that's installed, install the driver on your Mac, and add the printer as a Bojour printer.
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You will find detailed instructions here:  http://www.ifelix.co.uk/tech/tiger.html
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STRUNG - I saw that site last night when I was looking around. I tried to do exacly that, and it DID see the windows computer, but it did not or could not grab the drivers. I saw the printer, but it would just default to generic or something like that.

HDhoundt- I will give that a try.
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Also hdhondt, is this someting that I install on windows, or the Mac? I just want to make sure it is known that the printer is on the XP box NOT the mac box. I am trying to connect the MAC to the PC printer. Just checking.
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Bonjour for Windows needs to be installed on the PC. But the printer drivers (for OSX) must be installed on the Mac. If you don't have the driver you need to download them from HP. Select your model from

http://tinyurl.com/2xhg5h

Then click on "Software & driver downloads" and select OSX on the next screen.
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Bonjour did not work. I installed it on the windows PC and it sayss that there are no bonjour printers connected. but I do have the printer connected and it IS network. I have another windows based PC that CAN pront to it wirelessley. Any new thoughts?

John
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i tried adding foomatic but I got something that said foomatic has stopped unexpectedly with ststus 1. Anyone know what that means?

John
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Is the printer shared from the PC? To check, go to Start > Printers. Right-click on the printer and select Sharing. You may also need to check the Security settings to ensure Everyone can Print.
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Yes the printer is shared. I connected another PC to it last night. I also got another error that said ERROR: Unable to connect to SAMBA host, will retry in 60 seconds. Also when I did get the mac to add the printer drivers, I tried Bojour again but again no luck.
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