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Windows 7 PC won't print to shared printer on Mac

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April 27, 2013 6:31:28 PM

Not sure if this is the correct section as it involved both a Mac and PC but here it goes.

I have a Canon MF4150 printer connected via USB to my Mac running OS X 10.6.8. I went through all the steps to add that printer to my Windows 7 PC. I followed these steps, however I can't print to the printer.

Any ideas? :??: 
a b $ Windows 7
April 27, 2013 7:29:20 PM

Looks easy enough...Drivers installed win-7 pc? Does the printer show up on devices? how is win-pc connected to pinter? if wireless printer might push "discover" botton? is there paper in the printer? Is the mac on?
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April 27, 2013 7:45:07 PM

ur6beersaway said:
Drivers installed win-7 pc?


Yes. Although the printer wasn't listed under the available printers. I downloaded them and did the install again. The printer was at the bottom of the list.

ur6beersaway said:
Does the printer show up on devices?


It shows up under "Printers and Faxes."

ur6beersaway said:
how is win-pc connected to pinter?


The printer is connected to the Mac via USB and the PC is on the same network.

ur6beersaway said:
if wireless printer might push "discover" botton?


It's all wired.

ur6beersaway said:
is there paper in the printer? Is the mac on?


Yes to both.
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a b $ Windows 7
April 27, 2013 7:54:27 PM



1.Select Start, Devices and Printers.
2.In the Printers window that opens, click on the 'Add a printer' item on the toolbar.
3.In the Add Printer window, click the 'Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth Printer' option.
4.The Add a Printer wizard will check the network for available printers. Once the wizard completes its search, you will see a list of all available printers on your network.
5.Select the shared Mac printer from the list of available printers. Click the 'Next' button.
6.A warning message will display, telling you that the printer does not have the correct printer driver installed. That is OK, because your Mac does not have any Windows printer drivers installed. Click the 'OK' button to begin the process of installing a driver in Windows 7 to talk to the shared Mac printer.
7.The Add a Printer wizard will display a two-column list. From the 'Manufacturer' column, select the make of the printer connected to your Mac.
8.From the 'Printers' column, select the model name of the printer attached to your Mac. Click 'OK.'
9.The Add a Printer wizard will finish the installation process and present you with a window allowing you to change the printers name as it appears on the Windows 7 PC. Make any change to the name you wish, then click 'Next.'
10.The Add a Printer wizard will present a windows asking if you would like to set the new printers as the default for your Windows 7 PC. The same windows also allows you to print a test page. This is a good idea as it allows you to make sure that printer sharing is working. Click the 'Print a test page' button.
Did you get to the test page prompt & if so what happens?
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April 27, 2013 8:23:26 PM

ur6beersaway said:

1.Select Start, Devices and Printers.
2.In the Printers window that opens, click on the 'Add a printer' item on the toolbar.
3.In the Add Printer window, click the 'Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth Printer' option.
4.The Add a Printer wizard will check the network for available printers. Once the wizard completes its search, you will see a list of all available printers on your network.
5.Select the shared Mac printer from the list of available printers. Click the 'Next' button.
6.A warning message will display, telling you that the printer does not have the correct printer driver installed. That is OK, because your Mac does not have any Windows printer drivers installed. Click the 'OK' button to begin the process of installing a driver in Windows 7 to talk to the shared Mac printer.
7.The Add a Printer wizard will display a two-column list. From the 'Manufacturer' column, select the make of the printer connected to your Mac.
8.From the 'Printers' column, select the model name of the printer attached to your Mac. Click 'OK.'
9.The Add a Printer wizard will finish the installation process and present you with a window allowing you to change the printers name as it appears on the Windows 7 PC. Make any change to the name you wish, then click 'Next.'
10.The Add a Printer wizard will present a windows asking if you would like to set the new printers as the default for your Windows 7 PC. The same windows also allows you to print a test page. This is a good idea as it allows you to make sure that printer sharing is working. Click the 'Print a test page' button.
Did you get to the test page prompt & if so what happens?


Yes I did get the test page prompt. I clicked it, but it never prints. Seems like everything went ok as far as installation goes, but it just doesn't print. I try doing test prints from Notepad and they show up in the printer queue on the Windows PC, then they disappear after about 20-30 seconds, and nothing else happens.
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a b $ Windows 7
April 27, 2013 8:29:16 PM

The printer itself is not "seeing" the new pc. Do you have/download the printer manual. You are sending the job.
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April 27, 2013 8:53:28 PM

Ok, I will read the manual and will post back.
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April 28, 2013 6:49:13 PM

The manual had no relevant info, at least not that I saw. If anyone is interested, the manuals can be found here.

I was also having problems with networking as well. The PC would see the Mac, but the Mac wouldn't see the PC via Finder. So that might be related.

If anyone has any more info, it's appreciated.
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