OK, here is how to setup a PostScript network printer in SheepShaver:
Start as if you are going to set up the printer with AppleTalk connection, which will fail, and then continue to set up a LPR desktop printer.
- Make sure the printer is connected to the LAN and switched on.
- Launch SheepShaver.
- Open AppleTalk control panel.
- If AppleTalk is not active, you will be asked if it should be activated when closed. Click to confirm.
- Set AppleTalk to connect through Ethernet.
- Close AppleTalk and click to confirm if asked to save changes.
- Open the Chooser.
- In the left box, select the "LaserWriter 8" printer driver.
- If connection with AppleTalk would work, you would see a list of PostScript printers. But the box will stay empty.
- Close the Chooser and if the dialog appears informing you that you chose a new printer, click OK.
- Now open on the Mac OS9 Hard-Disk the folder "Apple Extras"
- Open in Apple Extras the folder that is probably called "Apple LaserWriter Software".
- There will be an application that is probably called "Desktop Printer Utility". Launch that application.
- In the dialog should be at the top With: "LaserWriter 8". If it is a different name, choose "LaserWriter 8" from that menu.
- In the list in the box below the menu, select "Printer (LPR)" and click OK.
- There will be a new dialog with two boxes, each with a button that is probably labelled "Change" or "Modify".
- The top box will probably be called: "PostScript Printer Description File (PPD)". Click the Change button, choose in the dialog the printer description for your printer and click "Select". Your printer will now be shown in the top box.
- The bottom box will probably be called: "Selection LPR Printer". Click the Change button.
- There will be a dialog with two fields. In the top field "Printer Address" enter the IP Address of your printer (only numbers with dots between them).
- The left button will be labelled something like "Check" or "Verify". Click it.
- The setup utility will search for the printer and if it is found on the entered address, a text will appear that confirms the location of the printer.
- You can leave the second field (probably called something like "Queue") empty.
- Click OK.
- Now you have in the dialog in the top box your printer and in the bottom box its IP Address.
- Click the button that will called something like "Make..." or "Create..."
- A standard Save dialog will appear. Make sure the location for saving is the Desktop. Change the name of the file to be saved to something nicer than the IP address, for instance the model number of your printer, and click the "Save" button.
- The desktop printer will now be on the desktop. It should have a thick black border around its icon to indicate that it is the default printer.
- If it has not the black border, select the icon. A new menu "Print" will appear in the menu bar. Make the printer the default printer at the bottom item in that menu.