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Print from MacBook Pro to Windows XP shared HP All-in One Inkjet Printer

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I'm cleaning up a network and, in the interim, need to print to a Windows XP shared printer from a MacBook Pro.

I've been able to find the printer on the Mac and set it up, it appears, just fine.

When I print from the Mac, the ink alert comes up on the PC, which I view as a good sign, but the printer itself doesn't respond at all.  
There is nothing in the printer queue.
The printer works on the PC just fine.

I'd like to get the Mac printing at least for a while....
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Question by:Fred Marshall
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by:strung
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With the printer connected and turned on, run Software Update and see if it provides you with a new driver for the printer.

If not, in a browser, go to

http://localhost:631/admin

and see what you can find, either under the error logs, or by clicking on Manage Printers.
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P.S. what is the make and model of the printer you are trying to print to?
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by:Fred Marshall
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HP All-in One Inkjet Printer
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by:strung
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Model number?
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by:Fred Marshall
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It's an HP Officejet J4550 All in One
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Make sure the Mac has drivers installed (see strung's link).

Is it possible to reverse the situation and connect the printer to the Mac and share it with the XP machine? Try looking through the user guide:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/manualCategory?cc=us&lc=en&product=3645097

A somewhat elaborate workaround for printing to an XP shared printer is provided by this link. I used it once to share a printer that had no OS X drivers available:
http://blog.iharder.net/2011/01/25/share-a-windows-printer-with-a-mac/
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by:Fred Marshall
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This has evolved now to the point that the XP machines will be retired soon enough.  The printer *should* go onto the Mac.
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