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PC's sharing printer connected to a Mac?
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Aug 28, 2002, 08:01 PM
Is it possible to share a printer with a PC that is connected to my Mac? Its an HP 940C hooked up via USB. The PC can see my computer and connect to it, can it share my printer?
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Aug 28, 2002, 09:03 PM

I've got my mac printing to my HPLaserjet connected to my PC. Now I want my USB Epson connected to my Mac working via the PC.

I saw some documents on modifying smb.conf, adding the following lines to the [global] section:

printing = cups
printcap name = cups

However - I can't get this to work. I'm probably missing something . . .

I can see the shared drive on my PC, but I can't connect to the shared printer.
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Aug 29, 2002, 11:17 AM
Have a look at the man pages for cupsaddsmb - it provides quite a few details on how to share your printers with Windows and have the driver install automagically.

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Aug 29, 2002, 02:15 PM
Could somebody provide more specifics? The man pages for cupsaddsmb aren't very helpful. Looks like this is turning into a FAQ, it would be nice if someone could write up a step by step explanation for setting this up.

I think I'm pretty close, now my XP box asks for a user/pass to use my Mac printer. Where do I set this password or is there a generic pass? (I've tried using the mac os user/pass, but doesn't work)
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