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    Printing to Windows shared printer from Ubuntu

    I have search the forum for a while and could not find a definate answer to my question.
    My coworker and I share a printer that is connected to his Windows XP box. I finally had enough of the wacky things windows was doing to me so I had a Ubuntu Box I had been working on for some time and decided to make that my workstation. I am trying to connect to the printer on his computer. We are in a W2K3 domain, JFYI. When I go to System--> Administration-->Printing, click on new printer, Windows printer via SAMBA, Browse, I can see his computer but not the printer.

    Is there something that we need to do on the XP side?

    Thanx in advance!
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    Re: Printing to Windows shared printer from Ubuntu

    Hmmm, I just got done wrestling with this very same little bear on my home network, admittedly a simpler environment than yours might be.

    Two things to check:

    Make certain that on the XP side the printer has been marked for sharing. If it has not you will not see it.

    If the windows firewall on the XP machine(or some other for that matter) is on, turn it off briefly for testing purposes.

    I doubt this last is the culprit, partly because Windows firewall should allow sharing and partly because you can see the XP machine.

    But worth a check, perhaps.

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    Re: Printing to Windows shared printer from Ubuntu

    Firewall is not on. Printer is definitely shared.

    Not much information about this subject out there.
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    Re: Printing to Windows shared printer from Ubuntu

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsXPPrinter worked for me. Hope this helps you.

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    Re: Printing to Windows shared printer from Ubuntu

    BTW there has been some bug in accessing windows computers in 8.04
    unfortunately using winxp computer name to access shared folders and printers does not work. in printer configuration try something like this

    Code:
     smb://XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX/printer_name
    where XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX is the local IP address of the windows machine, it worked for me
    Last edited by cb951303; May 16th, 2008 at 09:41 PM.

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    Re: Printing to Windows shared printer from Ubuntu

    Thanx for the input, but no dice on using the IP.

    I did a lil troubleshooting. The computers that are logged on to the domain are the ones where I can not see the printer.
    Anybody have a solution for this?
    Last edited by lsutiger; May 16th, 2008 at 10:25 PM.
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    Re: Printing to Windows shared printer from Ubuntu

    that may not be related but did you try adding yourself to the "sambashare" group?

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    Re: Printing to Windows shared printer from Ubuntu

    Thanx for the advice. Now it has gotten worse!

    I added myself to the samba group. Now when I go to Printers-->New Printer, Select Windows printer via Samba, I see the domain, but now it shows only my computer on the domain.
    Wow!
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    Re: Printing to Windows shared printer from Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by lsutiger View Post
    Thanx for the advice. Now it has gotten worse!

    I added myself to the samba group. Now when I go to Printers-->New Printer, Select Windows printer via Samba, I see the domain, but now it shows only my computer on the domain.
    Wow!
    as I said earlier don't try to connect via domains but try IP addresses instead

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    Re: Printing to Windows shared printer from Ubuntu

    Thanx, but IP doesn't work either. Attached is the screenshot of the printer config. The name of the printer is exactly as it is on that computer.
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