Test Page prints, but no apps can print...

Anonymous anonymous at easysw.com
Tue Sep 13 21:59:14 PDT 2005

Update - Success!

Let me know if you would like the details, but I was able to get things working by changing the printer/driver defined in the CUPS configuration for "Windows Printer via SAMBA"  device from "RAW" to an Apple Laserjet II.

To make a long story short, I have an HP Laserjet 3100 multi-function device that can only print via proprietary Windows drivers (the drivers are not even developed by HP), so the printer does not support IP printing or anything else except the proprietary Windows driver. So. my only option is to use Ghostscript and RedMon (port redirection). Ghostscript deals with Postscript (among other formats), so I setup a printer share on the WinXP PC using a postscript printer (I chose a LaserWriter) and print to that share from the Mac. The RedMon port that is "attached" to the the LaserWriter share redirects the print job to the "real" LaserJet 3100 printer defined on the WinXP machine.

Anyway, I guess 18 hours of trying to figure this out on my own was 1 hour too little.



> Hello,
> I have setup CUPS to allow me to print from Mac OS X 10.4.2 to a Windows XP share.
> Printing a test page from the web-based CUPS 1.1 Administration Interface works just fine, but trying to print from any application (including the the Safari Web Browser where the successful test page print is initiated) in MacOS X returns the following error:
> "Error While Printing"
> The error appears to come from the Mac OS X printing subsystem during the "Prepare" phase of the print job.
> So, if someone has the solution to this problem I would really appreciate your advice. Otherwise, does anybody know the difference between a "regular" print job from a Mac OS X app and the way the admin tool submits the test page to the printer?
> My apologies for the limited information (and knowledge) provided. Please let me know what addditional information is required to troubleshoot this issue. If what I am asking is too invloved to answer let me know that also and I will go back to reading the docs and searching the Internet for the solution.
> Thanks,
> Mike

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