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While I might think to check if that print server has support pages, firmware updates (I didn't check for you) I will share my old workaround which was to share the printer on some other working machine and print to the share.
I'm hoping to avoid that....
...only because it would require the sharing computer to be on.
From my Googling I think the problem may be something to do with having it set up with IPP configuation instead of LDP. LDP is new to me so I'll call Apple and have them walk me through it.
Hmm, I thought it would use LPR
Now I'll have to look up IPP and LDP...
In my searching.....
...I saw it referred to as LPR and LDP. Again, I don't know anything about either. I am not at that computer now but I believe it was referred to as LDP in the connection type dropdown list.
As you a new user
..... thus a new caller to Apple Care...
Have your serial number ready. They ask for it.
If you haven't noted it before, it is always available by going to the blue Apple in the top task bar (I assume it's still there in Leopard?)
Click "About This Mac"
Then on "More information". On mine it's the last in the list of "hardware overview"
Calling them will probably be the easiest way to resolve this.
Just got off the phone with them
Apparently the problem is that Apple networking cannot configure devices connected in series -- e.g. my printer which is connected to my external hard drive, which is in turn connected to my router. The printer has to have a direct connection to either the router or one of my computers. The problem with connecting it to the router is that my router does not have any USB ports.
So it looks like I have two choices -- connecting the printer directly to the iMac, which means it has to be on in order to print from our other computer, or replacing my router. I'm starting to look into the latter.
Another, possible, solution
You find yourself an Ethernet to USB convertor.
On some HP printers that are classified as Network Ready, they come with a little dongle that has an RJ45 socket on one end and a USB socket on the other.
The board inside can be configured for an IP address that suits your network.
Once configured, your printer becomes a network printer and will be accessible by everyone as long as it is connected to the network.
I believe Hawking make one. They refer to theirs as a print server
Cool, I'll have to try that!!
Right now I've got the printer connected directly to the iMac. The iMac saw it right away but my XP computer is having a heck of a time printing to it. I think I finally figured out what the connection string should be but now I've got a job hung up in the queue.
I did try a wireless print server a couple of years ago and it worked but was painfully slow. But the idea of a USB-to-Ethernet converter is intriguing. I'll try it and let you know how it went.
What about a USB splitter?
I've seen those advertised at Radio Shack and the like for around $30 or so. You can share one device between two or more computers. Anyone have any experience using those?
Never mind, a self-defeating option
Every one I've found has a manual switch on it -- you have to flip the switch or click a button to tell it which computer you want to connect to the printer. Since my computers are on different floors, that's just not going to work for us.
The Apple AirPort Extreme base station or new Time Capsule (base station with built in HDD) look promising. I'm checking compatibility with my ISP and the reviews, which look good so far.
"Network host is busy..."
The AirPort Extreme gets this same problem.
Cycling the power is a workaround.
Best wait till the beta-test is over.
For new products, this can't be done before shipping.
I rencent installedl a HP Envy Printer it worked ok for a week but now I am getting the same message as you
have you had any feed back I did ask Apple care but so far no response.
Start a new thread instead of hijacking this 3 year old one
network to printer
"3m USB 2.0 A to B Cable I have purchased from Amazon