Thursday, May 26, 2005
Another complaint about my iMac: Since installing Tiger, I can no longer print to the HP DeskJet printer that is shared from my Windows box.
I haven't figured out the problem yet. It's possible that Windows is the problem, but all this stuff worked before I installed Tiger on the Mac. Nothing has changed in my Windows box for ages.
So my workaround is to "print" to a PDF file on the Mac, copy the PDF over to the Windows machine, then print there.
[UPDATE: I got everything working again my deleting the printer and recreating it on Tiger. Not too bad, I guess, but this is the kind of crap that Mac users didn't have to deal with back in the good old days.]
I don't know how things work with printing to windows, whenever we have problems printing (usually due to an upgrade), I just delete the printer and reinstall the driver.
As a Mac user since 1985 and one of your intelligent, discriminating readers, I've got to take you to task.
Using the print utility to delete and setup a printer that stopped working isn't what I call an unreasonable action given the following:
* The printer is attached to a windows machine
* The printer stopped working after a major upgrade of the operating system.
With my old Epson printer, I'd probably do that once a quarter. Why? I dunno. I like to blame the POS printer. Those bottom-of-the-line Epsons weren't printers so much as they were ink consumption devices.
I got so sick of buying a new one every year (after rather minimal use) that I bought a mid-price Canon. What I really want is to buy a B&W laser printer, but my wife needs color, I'm to cheap to buy a color laser printer, and I refuse to muck up our office with a second printer.