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How do I connect my MacBook (running snow leopard) to a shared

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How do I connect my MacBook (running snow leopard) to a shared printer running on Windows 7. My workgroup is "WORKGROUP", server name is "Steve-PC" and the printer name is HP5600. I have tried the smb path Steve-PC/HP6500, but it does not work
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  loadedmind replied 7 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I'm John.

On the Windows 7 PC
1. Go to the Control Panel
2. Select "Programs and Features"
3. Click "Turn Windows Features on or off"
4. Turn on the LPD protocol.
5. Ensure printer(s) are shared

On the Mac
1. Open Finder and browse to Applications->Utilities->Printer Setup Utility
2. Hold down the "Option" key and click the "More Printers" button
3. From the top menu select "Advanced"
4. From the "Device:" field select "LPD/LPR Host or Printer"
5. In the "Device URL:" lpd://PCName/PrinterShareName
6. Click the "Add" button

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
No luck, I got the printer installled, but it will not print. It sits in idle mode. When I attempt to print it says it is in use andjust hangs there
Expert:  loadedmind replied 7 years ago.
What is the name you gave the shared printer from the Windows side please?