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June 25th, 2008, 12:02 PM
At last my Heron is up and running. But I now can't print from the laptop which is client to this PC host. My printer is listed on CUPS and is published, but I can't see how to set up printer sharing.
June 25th, 2008, 12:40 PM
which OS does your laptop run?
June 25th, 2008, 12:48 PM
Windows XP with SP2
June 25th, 2008, 04:46 PM
are you doing this through samba?please read http://prash-babu.blogspot.com/2008/05/how-to-setup-network-printer-or-share.html
June 25th, 2008, 08:52 PM
My Ubuntu is using CUPs. I have tried some of the tests you mention in your blogspot but I'm not sure how to test that the communication with the laptop is working. The laptop network settings give the Ethernet adaptor local area connection IP Address as 192.168.1.3. Is the address of the laptop? When I include this address in the ping test it pongs successfully.
June 25th, 2008, 08:58 PM
When I open the window 'Connect to 802.1X Protected Wired Network the boxes are largely empty. Does this mean that my connection to my laptop has not been set up?
June 25th, 2008, 10:07 PM
Set this up through System->Administration->Printing then on the left click "Server Settings" and check the box that says "Share published printers connected to this system"
Open a terminal on the server and type ifconfig. Look for 192.168.1.x (2, 4, or something) and then on the laptop, try to browse the lan for printers. If the browsing fails, type in the ip address found from ifconfig then a slash and the printer name.
on windows: \\192.168.1.2\printername
June 26th, 2008, 02:12 AM
first try what the above poster says..
i hope you are doing this through samba
June 26th, 2008, 08:22 PM
Many thanks, plewisfdx. That seemed to do the trick although the Windows wizard said it could not find the printer driver on the server and asked me to install the driver from the web. I don't think I quite understand all this as the Ubuntu machine must have or have access to a driver. Does it mean that Windows has set up a driver on the host somehow rather than telling the host to use the driver it already has?
June 26th, 2008, 09:26 PM
.. although the Windows wizard said it could not find the printer driver on the server and asked me to install the driver from the web. I don't think I quite understand all this as the Ubuntu machine must have or have access to a driver. Does it mean that Windows has set up a driver on the host somehow rather than telling the host to use the driver it already has?
This is true even in a totally windows environment. The driver may be shared in a winxp -> winxp situation (I'm not sure), but if you have a vista computer accessing a winxp shared printer each computer must have the driver for that OS installed. Ubuntu works the same.
So I think how this works is winxp computer says "print this" and uses its driver to send the correct commands to the ubuntu computer which takes that command (probably samba protocol, in this example) and translates it using its driver to send to the attached printer to print.
Glad you got it working.
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