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Can't get my printer to work with Airport Express

1115 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 10, 2006 6:59 AM by iFelix RSS
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I got a new MacBook today, everything is up and running, so is my Airport express with my DSL line, but my printer is not responding to the connection. I plugged in the USB port from the printer to the Airport and the printer and it doesn't work. I restarted things, went to troubleshooting... nothing helped. It's not the printer because if I plug in the printer USB port directly to my MacBook it works. Anyone have any advice? Thank you!
MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • iFelix Level 8 Level 8 (35,145 points)
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    Jul 30, 2006 4:40 AM (in response to ltwagg)
    Which specific printer do you have?

    Not all printers will work when connected to the USB port of an Airport base station, but will work when connected directly.
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  • iFelix Level 8 Level 8 (35,145 points)
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    Jul 30, 2006 10:41 AM (in response to ltwagg)
    Use the process outlined here:

    HP Printers (and others) not on compatibility list and Airport Extreme Printing
    http://www.ifelix.co.uk/tech/1300.html

    Using the Gimp-Print drivers for the PhotoSmart P1100.

    Relevant Thread

    http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=2614748#2614748
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    Aug 5, 2006 2:11 PM (in response to iFelix)
    I used the tip about going to Gimp and installing their driver's for my girlfriend's new Macbook. We had the same exact problem as the previous person did..not being able to use the C3180 with an AirPort Express. We followed the Gimp installation page and this worked flawlessly..Thank you!

    Powerbook G4   Mac OS X (10.4.7)  
  • mrasg1 Calculating status...
    I just got an Airport Express today. The internet seems okay as long as I dont go to far. The music works with the same limitations.

    BUT, I too had a problem adding my HP C3180 to the Express. I took the advice of others and did it with the gimp 1100 setup and it added and I could print.
    But when I try to use copier and scanner says default device not found??!!?

    Anyone have a work around for this?? Maybe I should just exchange for another printer as I just purchased the printer and Macbook on July 16.

    Was hoping I would be able to just put the usb printer cable into the express and boom it would work but NO.

    Any thoughts?
    macbook pro 15", Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Michael Strum Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 9, 2006 10:47 PM (in response to iFelix)
    The directiions on your site are for the Printer Setup Utility that was part of OS X 10.3 Panther. There is no optoin for "IP Printing" in the Tiger Printer Setup Utility, so I don't get how everyone was able to follow the intructions successfully. I sure can't. Is it enough to just add the printer normally using the default browser (as a Bonjour printer) and selecting the aformentioned GIMP driver manually? If not, I need help getting instructions that pertain to Tiger IP Printing. Thanks.

    Use the process outlined here:

    HP Printers (and others) not on compatibility list
    and Airport Extreme Printing
    http://www.ifelix.co.uk/tech/1300.html

    Using the G
    imp-Print
    drivers for the PhotoSmart P1100.

    Relevant Thread

    http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=26
    14748#2614748




    MacBook   Mac OS X (10.4.7)   HP PhotoSmart c3180. WDS w/ AirPort Express & Extreme

    2.0 GHz MacBook   Mac OS X (10.4.7)   HP PhotoSmart c3180. WDS w/ AirPort Express & Extreme
  • iFelix Level 8 Level 8 (35,145 points)
    When you start Printer Setup Utility to the right of Default Browser in 10.4 is an icon called IP Printer.



    Click that icon.

    G5 PowerMac Dual 2GHz G4 PowerBook 1.5GHz MacBook Pro 2Ghz Mac mini 1.5GHz, Mac OS X (10.4.6), iPod video, P910i, AEBS, AX, eyeTV, VAIO, Windows XP, 2000, TARDIS, Citroen C3

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