Sharing a USB printer between Mac and PC (with no extra hardware)

Discussion in 'Apple' started by MarkHastings, Jul 23, 2004.

  1. MarkHastings

    MarkHastings Executive Producer

    Jan 27, 2003
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    I have a G5 Mac running OS 10.3.4 and a PC running Win2000. I have a printer which will work with both my mac or my pc, but there is no ethernet card in the printer so I have to attach it via the USB cable.

    Now, I have the printer hooked up to my PC because I have a 2nd PC which I also need printing capabilities with and I share the printer (on the 1st PC) and everything works fine, but is it possible to connect to the printer from my mac?

    I know there are pieces of hardware that will allow you to do this, but can I do this without buying something?

    I see the new Mac OS has a ton of new networking options (which are helpful in connecting to windows servers), but I'm not sure what to use. I figure hooking the printer up to the PC and trying to share it with the Mac would be the easier way to do things, unless someone knows how to connect it to the Mac and share it with the PC's.

    Any ideas?
  2. SethH

    SethH Cinematographer

    Dec 17, 2003
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    I found this information. It relates directly to 10.2, but I would think it would at least be pretty close. It details how to print to a printer shared on windows and there is a link that talks about sharing the printer on the Mac. Good luck.

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