Mac printer sharing issues.
December 11, 2008 6:31 AM Subscribe
Mac printer sharing question regarding driver sharing and printers (not) showing up on the system preferences printer list.
posted by jmd82 to computers & internet (8 answers total)
We're moving towards a Mac environment, and I'm being stymied by a few Mac-printer issues. We're using all 10.5 on an AD/OD network.
1) I install a printer on Mac 1 whose drivers aren't loaded with the OS by default and enable printer sharing. On Mac 2, I add a printer through bonjour/Appletalk/or even IP and it still needs the driver installed on that 2nd computer. The 2nd Mac can see that the printer is shared on Mac1 just fine, but it always defaults to generic postscript driver unless I install the printer software individually on the second Mac.
This is contrast to my Windows experience where you install drivers on a print server and viola, other Windows machines can share and get all the special features through the just adding the printer by browsing to the server.
So, any ideas how to get my Mac Server to magically share drivers like my Windows Server did? I'm new to the Mac side of things and am hoping just missing a small detail.
2) Relating to the former question, when I add a printer by IP or through the Default or Windows tab on the Mac side, the printer won't show up under system preferences --> Print & Fax. However, when I print, I see the list of printers to choose from I've added. Slightly frustrating when I'm trying to troubleshoot a non-working printer and I can't check out what's going on under system preferences. On my laptop, I now have 20+printers to choose from when I print from testing networked printers, but only 3 show up under Print & Fax.
Any ideas why a shared printer shows up when I go to actually print, but non system prefs?