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Print to LaserJet 4 Plus via USB?
Posted by: what4
Date: December 08, 2006 09:55PM
I can print to the LaserJet 4 Plus via usb-to-parallel cable from a PC, but when I try to do it on my Powerbook (running the latest Tiger), it gets a Printer Not Responding or Printer Busy error.

I've fiddled with GimpPrint and the hpijs driver, with no success.

Anybody know how to make this print from the Mac?
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Re: Print to LaserJet 4 Plus via USB?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: December 08, 2006 10:01PM
I would just buy a jetdirect card for it and use it as a network printer. Probably the easiest way to do it. A jetdirect card for a printer that old is probably cheaper than the parallel to USB adapter.



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Re: Print to LaserJet 4 Plus via USB?
Posted by: graham1352
Date: December 08, 2006 10:29PM
I'm running a LaserJet 5MP via a Parallel-USB adapter on 10.3.9.
Just plugged it in and it worked. I haven't been able to print from Classic though.
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Re: Print to LaserJet 4 Plus via USB?
Posted by: what4
Date: December 09, 2006 06:09AM
Original poster here:

Yes, I also have a 5MP, and it works through the usb-parallel cable.

The 4 Plus does not.
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Re: Print to LaserJet 4 Plus via USB?
Posted by: raz
Date: December 09, 2006 12:02PM
5MP here, printeing through JetDirect.

Vastly fewer hassles than USB, and the odd Windows laptop that comes through can share it with no effort on my part.



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Re: Print to LaserJet 4 Plus via USB?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: December 09, 2006 12:06PM
Do you have a 4 Plus or a 4M Plus? The 4 Plus does not have Postscript, while the 5MP and 4M Plus do. Usually I have found that a message of "printer not responding" points to the system sending a Postscript command and expecting and not receiving a response. Have not seen that with a PCL job being sent. So if it is just a 4 Plus, make certain gimp is sending PCL not Postscript.

Other than that, have you checked to see if you have to enable bi-directional communication on the parallel port of the 4 Plus? Windows drivers usually are not picky about actually getting back printer responses when expected, but OS X is.



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