Sharing Win 7 Printer on Mac - Works Once, Not Twice - Wierd

Dell / Inspiron one 2320
May 20, 2013 at 15:22:16
Specs: Windows 7, 3.3 GHz / 4001 MB

I asked this question in the Win 7 forum but wasn't able to get an explanation as to why this problem exists. Hopefully, someone on the Mac side can help.

I have an HP PSC 2100 printer connected via USB to a Win 7 PC. I followed the instructions found via the link below to create 2 copies of the printer. I have one "printer" set to print in grayscale (BW_Printer) and the other set to print in color (Color_Printer). The BW_Printer is the default printer.

I then set up sharing for both copies of the printer so that my daughter can print to them from her MacBook Pro running OS X 10.6.8.

Next I followed the steps at the link below to set them up as LPD printers. Note: There are a couple of different suggestions at that site based on what OS the MacBook is running, so I'll include the steps I followed below the link.

On the Windows 7 PC

1. In Windows 7 Control Panel
2. Select "Programs and Features" pane
3. Click "Turn Windows Features on or off"
4. Click on the "LPD Print Service", under "Print and Document Services"
5. Ensure printer(s) are shared

On the Mac
1. Open "System Preferences" - "Print & Fax"
2. Click "+" to add a printer
3. Right hand button tool bar to customize and add "Advanced" button
4. Select "Advanced"
5. In the "Type:" field select "LPD/LPR Host or Printer"
6. In the "URL:" field enter lpd://IPserver/PrinterShareName; (e.g., lpd://
Using lpd://ServerName/PrinterShareName does not work, the IP address must replace ServerName
The IP address is the address of your PC, the one assigned by your router
7. Click the "Add" button

Note: The one Mac step that is not listed above is the ability to chose the driver for the specific printer you are sharing. I chose the HP PSC 2100 driver for both copies of the printer.

OK, so I added both printers to the Mac using:


So after all that, here's the problem:

When I print to Color_Printer from the Mac, everything works fine. The documents print and they print in color.

However, when I try to print to BW_Printer, the print monitor on the Mac says that it is copying the print data but then it pauses the printer and nothing prints. If I click "Resume Printing" in the Mac's print monitor window, it once again says "Copying Print Data" and then, once again, it pauses the printer.

I tried deleting the BW_Printer on the Mac and adding it again but it didn't help.

Can anyone explain why the above process would work for the printer named "Color_Printer" but not for "BW_Printer"? The only difference between 2 printers, besides the name, is that on the Win 7 side one copy is set to grayscale and the other is not.


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October 19, 2013 at 04:14:16
Pc's are difficult to perfectly configure sharing so their are absolutely no issues. I would recommend instead of connecting the printer to the pc, connect it to the mac. once the printer is detected & installed, go to the sharing section in your system preferences folder, and select to share your printer on your network. make sure its set so that anyone may use it, close it out, and just for good measure restart your mac. once its connected to your network, restart your pc and make sure the network is setup as your home network. if it isn't your firewall on Windows 7 will close the sharing capabilities off from the network and you won't be able to see it. The walk through with how to manually configure the windows firewall is a bit lengthy so if what I have suggested doesn't work, write me back and I will guide you threw it.

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