1567 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 22, 2011 10:45 AM by John Galt
Sandra, sit down at your G5, open Terminal, and type the following command:
What is the response?
This will help rule out any potential problem with your AsantéTalk bridge.
Its PWR and LI lights ought to be illuminated whenever it has power and its Ethernet port is connected (respectively). Both its Tx and Rx lights will also blink momentarily upon receiving the "atlookup" command. If this all checks out OK then we can move on to other causes... but I hope Grant can help since I may be out of ideas.
AsantéTalk - Frequently Asked Questions
I set up a G3 iBook running 10.3 to act as an AppleTalk printer sharer for all my AppleTalk printers. I was delighted to find it seemed to use symbolic Computer names for Printer Sharing, rather than insisting on IP Addresses, that those Shared Printers popped up immediately in the Add-a-Printer dialogs on other Macs, and that it does not seem to have a problem sharing multiple printers.
It does not handle "Wake for Administrator Network Access" in the way I expected. That wake-up requires a specific wake-up packet that only Apple Remote Desktop (US$500) and a few third-party utilities can generate.
The AsanteTalk FAQ john provided does not club you over the head with the fact that the AsanteTalk does not re-acquire printers that drop out for any reason. The AsanteTalk must always be powered up last, after all the other devices are stable and responsive.
What has happened to me on occasion is that bad data or something can cause a printer queue (shared or not) to go into "Paused". In your case, check on the G5 that the Shared printer is not "Paused", with the job stuck there.
Verify that the Printer you Add on the 10.5 Mac is an AppleTalk printer, and that the "Shared" checkbox is still checked.
Message was edited by: Grant Bennet-Alder
Well, I hooked up the monitor to the G5 and tried to print something, but I guess somewhere along the line the Asante talk was kicked off. So did the power up/down and my LSW appeared in AppleTalk. I printed off what I needed with the ol' G5 – and then went over to the MacBook Pro (which is connected to the LSW and G5 via Airport Extreme). From there, I re-connected my LSW under the "default" print setting of "print & fax" with Bonjour shared. And, voila! Everything worked fine.
I think what may've happened was I had inadvertently turned the G5 off one day and consequently, Asante Talk got kicked off.
Personally, I don't think I've been showing enough love to my G5 now that the MacBook has become part of my life. So a little jealousy creeped in there and it kicked my LSW offline just to show me I'm still very dependent on it. : )
Thanks again for the help. Even though my printer is ancient, by computer standards, it's still great to know I can get some assistance if need be.
Great! As Grant wrote, "The AsanteTalk must always be powered up last, after all the other devices are stable and responsive."
The problem occurs when the Asantetalk becomes ready before other devices... finding no other Appletalk devices right away, it stops looking for them. At least that's how I understand it. If you suspect you lost electric power, even momentarily, you'll have to reestablish contact with the AsanteTalk once power returns.
For what it's worth, I made it a habit to run the "atlookup" command, repetitively, while connecting power to the AsanteTalk. This always made things work reliably, no matter the sequence in which other things became powered up and operational (computers, routers, switches, printers etc).