No printer setup utility in Leopard?

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Trying to configure an Airport Extreme Basestation to share a printer. The instructions direct me to use the Printer Setup Utility, which I don't have. A short search at Apple support shows about ten trillion people in the same mess. They direct people to use the Fax and Printer setup in System Preferences, which doesn't seem to provide anyway to turn on printer sharing via the base station.
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You have to go to "System Preferences > Sharing" click on "Printer Sharing"
(if the printer is hooked up to your Mac)

If you have a networked printer such as hooked up to your base station then you can

Go to "Print & Fax"
Click on the "+" icon to add a printer.
Click on "IP".
Enter the IP address given to your printer.
Click "Add"
Once it hooks up to the printer you should see it in your options window.

hope this helps
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This is works great on Max ox 10.5.4. The printer set up is found in the system preferences and not in the Utility folder in applications as other incorrect suggested. Thanks for the help.
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Alex, I'm having the same problem but when I select the "+" icon NOTHING happens. I was able to do this a few days ago but now nothing seems to be working. I found forums that say connect using AppleTalk but when I open my network preferences it keeps saying "Your network settings have been changed by another application" click "ok" and it pops right back up. therefore I can't do anything there either. PLEASE HELP.
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Jen try the following:
go to Applications > Utilities > Disk Utilities and click on your mac drive and click repair permissions and once done click in repair disk. restart your Mac and see if it works...
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my printer's hooked up to the PC downstairs. How do I find out what its IP address is?
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For some printers, you can print a test configuration page, and it will print the model number, IP address, etc., on that test page.
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Click Start -> Run...

Type 'cmd' and press enter. That will bring up a command prompt.

type 'ipconfig' and press enter. That command will spit out your IP (amongst other information)
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Does the printer have the same ip as the computer it's connected to?
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It should have its own IP address.
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How do you get the IP Address for the printer?
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Did you try Scott's suggestion?
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Ok, I am a little confused here because Scott is talking about a Windows PC and not a Mac PC. The command "ipconfig" under Mac does a complete different thing.

If we are still talking about Macs, then Apple has a document online on how to get a printer up and running from the base station:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.ht...

For windows. they have this one:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.ht...

For Leopard they have these:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.ht...

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.ht...

Also, I am sorry Stoweboyd, if you have your printer hooked up to your base station (USB) then you have to find your printer using "Bonjour" for some reason( if it is not shown on the list of printers). Both Leopard documents (above) talk about it. The IP address is only if your printer came with a LAN adapter MAC address. (which I thought the base station would give you since it has a build in print server/ NAS)
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"If the computer is on the AirPort network, open Printer Setup Utility, located in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder, and select your printer from the list. If the printer is not listed, click Add, and then choose Bonjour from the pop-up menu. Select your printer, and then click Add."

Problem is that there is no printer setup utility in Leopard. Which was the original problem.
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Yes, the Printer Setup utility is no longer available. Leopard doesn't have it. Dealing with printers is now done in System Preferences > Print & Fax. Have you tried looking there and reading the error logs? Bonjour may have tried to connect with your printer, and that might have left the IP address info you're looking for in an error log. Does that make any sense?
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I will look there. Thanks. I'll let you know.
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I had this same exact problem.My answer was to go into the Print & Fax preference in the Preference Pane and right click on your printer in the left column. Select reset printing system and that should do it.
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Thank you! This solved the problem for me. Nothing else was working. This did it!!!
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Thanks! Solved my problem too!
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I just set mine up, I was having the same problem as you were originally. Here's what I did:

1. System Preferences, go to Print and Fax
2. Click the + icon on the left where it lists the printers currently hooked up to your computer
3. Make sure on the top menu you are in "Default"
4. If your printer is plugged into your airport, it will show up. Select it.
5. You're done, after the little rainbow stops whirling the spaces for "name" and "location" will be filled in automatically, just click "add" on the bottom right.

Good luck.
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This just worked for me as well. Any comments regarding a printer/scanner combo. When trying to use the scanning software it won't recognize the scanner. Any suggestions to get the scanner software to recognize the scanner/printer?
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This worked for me - and eliminates the need to find the printer's IP address. One tip though, make sure you rename the printer so that you can locate it in the list. I just added "wireless" to the end of the name so I knew which one was which.
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where do i find printer ip address
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did you resolve the issue? I am having a similar problem but I cannot get the + option to work. Any suggestions?
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I followed AMJ's instructions and my problem was solved.
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In case anyone is confused, Scott's suggestion makes no sense since you're looking for the IP address of the printer, not the computer you're using.
I'm having a similar problem suddenly with my Lexmark wireless printer... I think Bonjour is supposed to automatically find the printer on the local network, but if it doesn't work you might have to find the thing manually. As someone mentioned, you can print a test page which might show the printer's IP. Or you can use a portscanner like nmap to search for it (not the useless one in Leopard; it can only search a single IP you provide to it).
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AMJ's approach worked!
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can't get ink supply info!
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Will not show out of ink cassette1
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I found the printer's IP address after pressing the menu button (on the printer) for settings and scrolling through the options. Eventually I printed off a page that had all the printer's details - all generated by the printer. I entered the IP address and was finally able to access my printer from my MacBook Plus. Yay! (PS Good luck).
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The Printer Setup Utility is built into Print & fax preferences in Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard", just like Internet Connect is now part of Network preferences in Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard". Also AirPort base stations do not have printers connect wirelessly through IP addresses, you use Bonjour! Oh, by the way it's "ifconfig" in Mac OS X & Linux.
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None of these solutions work for me, because when I click the "+" in the print and fax preference pane, it can't find any printer. I managed to get the info into the computer when I connected the printer directly via usb, but then couldn't figure out how to change the connection type from usb to rendezvous, which is what the "help" pane suggested. If it can't find the printer in the first place, then maybe I didn't set up the AirPort utility properly, and the usb port is still closed?? Don't know what to do next.
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Alex, I tried that but there is no Mac HD nor Disk Utilities found in Applications > Utilities...? There is only HP ink jet utility, iMac EFI Firmware Update, Adobe Installers, Adobe Utilities and Java. Should I reinstall my Mac OS X 10.4? In doing so will I need to remove all my files to ensure they won't be deleted?
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Really? that's interesting... check for "Disk Utilities" in your Applications folder or use Spotlight to find it. It should be in your Mac somewhere and follow the previous instructions.