Is there any reason why you cannot print from Ubuntu?
- How did you install the extension pack?
- Can you connect to any USB device, for example a pendrive?
- If no go, you may need to uninstall and reinstall virtualbox. See also post #4.
Thread moved to Virtualisation.
I can connect a USB memory stick and it will indicate it is connected and let me "look" in it. This is how I was able to move my Quick Books files into QB on the VM.
However this is not the same USB port (?) that my printer is connected to. When I click on the USB icon at the bottom right it shows an unkown device connected to a USB port (back of computer). When I try to use this (I am fairly certain it is the printer) the computer stops all activity for about 10 seconds the screen goes slighty dull and then the warning prompt that I attached in another post pops up.
Thanks for your help
The next step is to recognize the USB printer. You have to install the Windows driver for that particular printer, like you have to do in a regular Windows installed directly into a computer. Install it from a CD or a downloaded file into your Windows inside Virtualbox! Then the printer should be recognized in a similar way as your USB memory stick.
I have a similar setup, and found that I needed to define filters in the VBox USB settings to trap the USB ports away from the host system and assign them to the VM. I could then install my printers (an HP laser and an Epson all-in-one) in WinXP just as if it were an initial installation in a physical device, using the HP and Epson CDs. With this approach, I cannot print direct via CUPS from the host system -- but by setting the printers to be shared by the XP VM, and configuring CUPS on the host to look for them as network printers, can now print from both systems.
When I tried the other approach, with the printers being driven by the host system, shared, and the XP VM using them as network printers, I was able to print plain text but most of the special features of the printers were missing. Doing it as I describe here left all the special features intact. The trick, I believe, is to define those filters as described in the VBox manual and help screens, so that the VM takes over the ports with no interference by the host system.
Last edited by JKyleOKC; May 24th, 2013 at 07:55 PM. Reason: fat-fingered
Jim Kyle in Oklahoma, USA
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