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Printing in OSX is starting to piss me off.

post #1 of 11
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What's the best way to connect an old HP4MP LaserJet to a new iMac...so it will work in OSX.

I'm trying not to rely on any software since it may not be OSX compliant.
(actually, I don't think option 2 works in OSX)

1) iPrint and localtalk/ethernet hub
2) PowerPrint and parallel cable
3) JetDirect print server and ethernet hub

thanks
post #2 of 11
satchmo: If you have the cash for a JetDirect print server, that's by far the best way to go. If you print via Ethernet, you can share your printer with other computers connected to your hub/router. And because the 4MP has PostScript (I think), you should be able to use the Apple PS driver.

I'm in a much worse situation with my Epson EPL-5700i laser printer. The OS 9 driver sucks, there's no OS X driver, and my printer has no option for Ethernet/print server nor does it have PostScript. On the other hand, I've saved a whole bunch of trees since I rarely print now.

Escher
"The only laptop computer that's useful is the one you have with you."
Until we get a 3 lbs sub-PowerBook, the 12-inch PowerBook will do.
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"The only laptop computer that's useful is the one you have with you."
Until we get a 3 lbs sub-PowerBook, the 12-inch PowerBook will do.
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post #3 of 11
[quote]Originally posted by Escher:
<strong>I'm in a much worse situation with my Epson EPL-5700i laser printer. The OS 9 driver sucks, there's no OS X driver, and my printer has no option for Ethernet/print server nor does it have PostScript. On the other hand, I've saved a whole bunch of trees since I rarely print now.

Escher</strong><hr></blockquote>

Hi Escher,

I also have an Epson 5700i, but find that it's perfectly workable if you launch the Mac OS 9 version of Acrobat Reader in Classic, then print preview all the OS X documents you want to print. True, the OS 9 Mac drivers suck, but they do a fine job in printing out pdfs. Kind of pain to launch Classic whenever you want to print, though.

hope this helps!
post #4 of 11
Print server? Don't you just need an ethernet card for the printer? Or is that the same thing?
post #5 of 11
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[quote]Originally posted by scott_h_phd:
<strong>Print server? Don't you just need an ethernet card for the printer? Or is that the same thing?</strong><hr></blockquote>

Scott, it's a pretty low end printer that I don't believe can take a ethernet card.
The printer server acts as an ethernet card connecting to the printer via a parallel cable.
post #6 of 11
I had a LaserJet 6MP that I trashed for the very same reason. Got me a smaller, faster, and higher quality LaserJet 1200series that was a BITCH getting to work- but worth it. First page is out in 10 seconds baby!
post #7 of 11
i dont have any problems with a 5mp- just use an Asante ethertalk bridge
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post #8 of 11
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[quote]Originally posted by Aussie John:
<strong>i dont have any problems with a 5mp- just use an Asante ethertalk bridge</strong><hr></blockquote>

I'm assuming you have a direct connection to your Mac?
Have you tried running this configuration through an ethernet hub? I'm guessing this still should work as software is not needed.
post #9 of 11
Satchmo,
I am using a 4 port neatgear router. The local talk bridge just plugs straight into it. I still am using appletalk protocal in the network settings
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post #10 of 11
I figured if I was spending $200+ on connection gear like ethernet items, why not spend the extra $200 on a new printer? By the way, the 1200se is swwweet. Best of all, you can buy it at... *gasp*... BEST BUY! <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
post #11 of 11
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[quote]Originally posted by sjpsu:
<strong>I figured if I was spending $200+ on connection gear like ethernet items, why not spend the extra $200 on a new printer? By the way, the 1200se is swwweet. Best of all, you can buy it at... *gasp*... BEST BUY! <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" /> </strong><hr></blockquote>

Yes and no.
Yes, you get a spanking new printer with all it's bells and whistles.

No, it shouldn't cost $200 for all those extras.
I picked up a JetDirect box on eBay and a ethernet hub for a grand total of $20.
(lost out on an Asantetalk that went for $30)

I'm just waiting for delivery and will let you know how it works out with OSX.
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