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Solving printing problems with Classic under OS X

1) Printer not selected

The number one problem with printing from Classic Mode is that most of us have forgotten how to install OS 9. The first step is to set up your printer. Setting up your printer for OS X does not automatically set up the printer for OS 9.

To set up your printer, run any OS 9 application. This will automatically load the Classic operating system. It should take about 15 seconds. You will know it is loaded when you see the classic multi-colored Apple menu.

Select Chooser from the multi-colored Apple menu. Then select your printer driver. You may need to contact your printer manufacture to obtain the most current printer driver. Not all printers will work in Classic Mode. If you have a printer that is not designed to work in Classic Mode under OS X, see number 3 below.

2) Printer was working and it now only works partially.

This problem seems to only occur under Tiger. At least, we only recently started hearing about this problem. You know you have this problem if most of the page prints, but certain portions of the page are missing.

The solution is easy. Just re-select your printer in the Chooser (as described in number 1 above). If this does not work, then see number 3 below.

3) Printer does not work in Classic under OS X

This solution is the longest, but it is easy once you have it set up. This solution was written up for CalendarMaker, but it should work for printing from most OS 9 applications.

One time set-up:

A) While running an OS 9 application so the multi-colored Apple menu is present, select Chooser from the Apple menu and select LaserWriter 8 as your OS 9 printer driver. [This will re-direct all printing from OS 9 to the LaserWriter printer driver. This change will not affect printing from OS X.] The LaserWriter 8 driver has an option that we are going to use.

NOTE -- If you get a message that AppleTalk must be active, stop here and read the separate instructions in number 3a below.

B) If CalendarMaker was open when you changed your selected printer, do a Page Setup; that is open and then close the Page Setup window. That step is necessary so that the program will know you changed printer drivers.

Alternate printing method:

1) Start to print your calendar in the normal fashion. (We recommend one month at a time with this method.)
2) When the print dialog window appears, change the pop-up menu in the top right corner from Printer to File.
3) The suggested file name will be untitled-1.ps.
4) Name your file anything you want, but keep the ".ps" on the end. (This is a postscript file.)
You should NOT name the file the same as your calendar file, or you will destroy your calendar file.
5) Save the postscript file on your Desktop.
6) Now go to your Desktop and double-click the postscript file.
7) It will open the OS X program Preview and convert the ".ps" file to a PDF file.
8) Now print it. (Preview is an OS X program so your printer should work.)
9) You can then throw away the postscript file. It was just an intermediate step.

Remember: Saving your calendar as a ".ps" file is a printing method. Don't forget that you must also save your calendar the regular way, just as you have always done.

A bonus advantage is that using this method allows you to create PDF files of your calendars that you can e-mail to others that do not have CalendarMaker.

CalendarMaker 5.0 for OS X is the best solution.

3a) Turning on AppleTalk.

Use this step only if you get the message (in number 3 above) that AppleTalk needs to be active (or turned on).

AppleTalk --

Here is how to turn on AppleTalk. This assumes that you either don't have a network, or, if you do, it is an Ethernet network. If you using a wireless network, then step 3 below would be changed to "Airport."

1) Select the OS X System Preferences from the Dock.
2) Click on Network.
3) Change the Show pop-up menu to Built-in-Ethernet.
4) Click on the AppleTalk tab.
5) Put a check in the checkbox that says "Make AppleTalk Active."

Now continue with the steps in number 3 above.