Recently, I found out that printing in the year 2010 is (still) not care free. After an evolution of more than 30 years, printing over a network is not as simple as it should be. That is, of course, when we are trying to print from an iMAC to a HP printer connected to a Windows 7 machine.
When following the instructions, the setup is quite easy actually:
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. Turn on the LPD protocol.
5. Ensure printer(s) are shared
Now, on the iMac, the printer shows up and we can actually send documents to it. However, although the document shows up in the printer queue, the printer does not print. Let’s take a look at the drivers for this thing. As expected, not all printers are supported for the Mac OS, so there is no driver available for my HP 300C printer. Still, generic drivers should do the trick…. See my next post for the outcome of this long journey.
Ok, it is not ideal, but in our office we use iMAC as well as (several) windows machines and try to make everything as transaparent as possible. In this time of blended functionality and open standards as well as tremendous Cloud offerings we should be able to seamlessly use these two platforms in co-existance. If I come across any weird or anoying or unsurmountable problems (i mean challenges), I will write them down here. My guess is the blog won’t be empty for long…..
Every once in a while, your system does not behave like it should. Like today when I discovered that my .doc file extensions were no longer associated with my Word application. It now started notepad instead. After some investigation I stumbled upon the following useful article.
Using the default program option in control is a real improvement from former versions of Windows. One headache less.