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Setting up printer with GhostScript

Discussion in 'Windows - General discussion' started by isaac4130, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. isaac4130

    isaac4130 Regular member

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    Hi
    I have just acquired a G5 Mac, which I want to print through my Windows network to a Brother HL-2040 printer.

    I have tried a few options, such as turning on the service "TCP/IP printing" to automatic, & I can see the printer on the Mac, however when I got to print it just spits out pages & pages of blank paper.

    What I *think* might solve my problem is emulating a Post Script printer , which I think can be done through Ghost Script.
    However, this is all incredibly new to me.

    I have installed Ghost Script 8.57, GS View, and Redmon.
    I have tried two tutorial methods to set this up.
    One was here:
    http://iharder.sourceforge.net/current/macosx/winmacprinter/
    and the other here:
    http://www.stat.tamu.edu/~henrik/GSPSprinter/GSPSprinter.html

    The latter one seemed more effective - I got a sort of response when doing a test page, but it tried printing to another printer, not the one I want.

    I have created a .txt file called "mswinpr2" and saved it the gs folder, as per instructions on the second link above.
    The contents of this file are:

    -Ic:\gs\gs8.57\lib;c:\gs\fonts
    -sDEVICE=mswinpr2
    -dNoCancel
    -dNOPAUSE
    -dSAFER
    -sPAPERSIZE=A4

    I have set up the printer and to a redirected port - RPT1
    In the properties box under ports>configure port I have the following information:
    Redirect this port to the program:
    C:\Program Files\gs\gs8.57\bin\gswin32c.exe

    Arguments for this program are:
    @c:\gs\mswinpr2.txt -sOutputFile="Brother HL-2040 series" -

    "run" is set to "hidden" & everything else is default.

    When I go to print a test page, the print icon pops up n the task bar for a few seconds, and if you view the active printers it says there is a job waiting, but then it just disappears.

    I've tried a few things and keep running into brick walls - so time to turn to trusty afterdawn!
    I realize that there are probably millions of variables here - but if someone sees something that doesn't look right, or has any ideas I could try, you will save me hours of frustration!

    Once I can get it to print a test page I should be ok to go from there...

    Thanks in advance!
    Isaac.
     
  2. faqman98

    faqman98 Regular member

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    if this prob is big enough just dual boot osx with some version of windows and that should solve all of your problems
     
  3. isaac4130

    isaac4130 Regular member

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    Thanks - I *would* do that - however it's an older PowerPC Mac - and at this stage is only running OS X 10.3

    Without the Intel chip I can't dual boot Windows, so need so go the PS printer route
     

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