6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 14, 2008 3:47 PM by Steven Littiebrant
Steven Littiebrant Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
I saw that the wonderful people at Microsoft have discontinued Appletalk in XP.

Are there any 3rd party drivers for running Appletalk on XP? I'm having problems getting a shared printer plugged into my server to register on my Mac (everything else can connect just fine...), and this is about the only thing I could think of that I haven't done.

Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • Julian Sanchez Level 2 Level 2 (365 points)
    Steven,

    I don't have a PC around to double-check, but I could swear that if you share the printer on your XP box (and allow 'everyone' to access it) you mac should be able to see it and use it.

    If that doesn't work, the other option you may take is to purchase an inexpensive printer server that plugs into your hub and has a USB port to connect the printer. Those work fairly nice too.

    I hope that helped. Regards,
    Julian
  • Rich Fleming Level 6 Level 6 (13,415 points)
    I saw that the wonderful people at Microsoft have discontinued Appletalk in XP. Azzholes.
    I don't normally do this... but I'm going to defend MS here.
    Appletalk?! That's like the phone company continuing support of pulse dialing. It's basically a dead protocol. Hardly anyone uses it anymore.

    I also notice that you have Tiger. You shouldn't be using Appletalk either.
    Just share your printer on the Windows machine and your Mac will be able to print to it without Appletalk.

    Here's a great article from iFelix which should help you out:
    http://www.ifelix.co.uk/tech/3015.html
  • Steven Littiebrant Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    It's shared, every other computer (including a Linux laptop running Ubuntu) can access it, but not my Mac. I checked your link (nice one, by the way, very clear and easy), but that's exactly what I've already done, and it doesn't appear while browsing in any way. On top of just sharing and attempting to connect, I've gone into my router and firewalls and completely removed communication restrictions between both computers... nothing.
    I'm using an Epson Stylus Photo R200, if that helps at all. USB connection to my server (the XP pro box).
    I can, however, plug it straight into my Mac, and it works just fine. IDs correctly and everything's happy. As the plug is relatively accessable, I'll just do that, but the fact that this is stumping me has made me interested, so I'm trying to figure out if I missed something, or there's some weird bug, or what.

    As to the Appletalk protocol... it looks like it used to be in XP, but they removed it. Now it's only available in server versions of Windows. And all I can find to replace it is the PC MacLAN software, which isn't what I need at all (well, OK, so it is, but I'm looking for appletalk, not communicating between Win and OSX. I can manage everything it does on my own for free, and I'm not buying it just for this printer).
    I'm just peeved that they removed it. I wouldn't care if they never had it in the first place, but they specifically stopped it, when it was working. WHY???

    This was my last resort idea anyway, as nothing else has worked, not my first.
  • iFelix Level 8 Level 8 (35,145 points)
    It's shared, every other computer (including a Linux
    laptop running Ubuntu) can access it, but not my
    Mac
    . I checked your link (nice one, by the way,
    very clear and easy), but that's exactly what I've
    already done, and it doesn't appear while browsing in
    any way.


    Is the Mac part of the Windows workgroup?

    Applications > Utilities > Directory Access > SMB
    rabbit
    iFelix
  • Steven Littiebrant Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Yep. I've even put it in the same workgroup as my server.
  • Steven Littiebrant Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Meh.