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Older Mac as print server?
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David Carattini
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Mar 10, 1999, 11:28 PM
Does anyone know how to set up an older Mac as a print server. At work I have a couple of PowerTowers that I'd love to utalize. I don't want to buy AppleShare.
Thanks in advance. Comments/suggestions are always welcome.


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Mar 11, 1999, 07:06 PM
Using a machine as a print server should be fairly simple. There is a print sharing extension. I believe you would just set the machine up as you would for regular file sharing, and make sure the printer you wish to share is set in the chooser.
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Mar 12, 1999, 03:47 PM
Printdesk® 1.5 Lite is an excellent freeware print server that allows you to print to any AppleTalk laser printer on the network. Even an old Mac would do well with it. It can be obtained at

http://hyperarchive.lcs.mit.edu/HyperArchive/Archive/cfg/pri ntdesk-15-lite.hqx

If you need to spool to Epson inkjets, check out EpsonShare (see VersionTracker for latest version).

For PS spooling to Epson, Canon, HP and other inkjets, check out Birmy PS RIP.

Good Luck
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Mar 12, 1999, 05:22 PM
Linux works well for that, its pretty fast too. *plinks*
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Mar 18, 1999, 06:01 PM
I found this site while researching the same type question. It's great... http://weber.u.washington.edu/~manos/network/
It's called, strangely enough, "Three Macs & a Printer". I'm sure you can find your answers here. If not drop me a note, I've got a set up like this at home.
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Mar 22, 1999, 01:42 PM
You might want to look at this URL
for a candid view on macs as a print server.
I found it helpful.

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Mar 27, 2000, 12:31 PM
chill out. i know about the platform representations. i was just saying it would be nice for us to be on one whole team. the link was an example.

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