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    HOWTO: Print to a windows XP machine

    How to setup your Ubuntu machine so it can print to a Windows XP shared printer

    It was suggested that I add this from the following thread:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...7&page=1&pp=10

    Step 1: Installing Samba on Ubuntu
    • Click System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager
    • Enter your password
    • Now click Search and type Samba in the search box.
    • You should now see a list of items containing the word Samba.
    • Right click on the Samba with the little ubuntu icon on it and select mark for installation.
    • Click apply
    • The packages will now be downloaded and installed.


    Step 2: Checking if your network is working
    • Find the ip address of your windows xp machine by going ... start -> run
    • Then type cmd
    • type ipconfig in this window and you should see your ipaddress there.
    • Now on your ubuntu machine goto the command line
      and type ping <your windows ip address>
    • see if you get a response.

    if you get timeouts:
    a.) Check if your network cables are all connected
    b.) Check if your network cards are working
    c.) Check the settings of your network interfaces
    d.) Try disabling any firewall software

    Step 3: Sharing the Windows XP printer
    • start -> settings -> control panel
    • open printer and faxes
    • find the printer you wish to share with your ubuntu machine
    • Right Click -> properties on it and goto the sharing tab.
    • Click on share this printer and type a short name in the share name box.


    Step 4: Adding the printer on the Ubuntu machine
    • System -> Administration -> Printing
    • Click Printer -> Add Printer
    • Click on network printer.
    • Select Windows Printer (SMB) from the dropdown.
    • In the host section type the IP address of your windows machine.
    • In the printer section type the share name you gave your printer
    • Now enter your username and password for your ubuntu machine.
    • Click forward.
    • Now select the manufacturer and model of your printer.
    • And finally click on Apply.


    Hope you get it workin !!

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    Re: HOWTO: Print to a windows XP machine

    Works like a charm,
    many thanks

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    You helped my with MY missing piece.

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    Re: HOWTO: Print to a windows XP machine

    By default "Print Services for Unix" are not installed on XP.
    You must install *and* manually turn on this service from the MMC before you can print to XP.

    I have never been able to print to an XP machine (from linux) before turning this on.

    Now I will sit back and wait for all the people telling me they do it all the time
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    Re: HOWTO: Print to a windows XP machine

    Well, now that I have the package installed, now I need to get the driver! Which, from a few searches looks pretty impossible, considering that none of Canon's new printers seem to be supported.

    Oh well; to me, priting from ubuntu isn't a big deal anyway, since I have a windows machine that I use exclusively.

    Still, if anyone knows where I could find Linux drivers for a Canon Pixma ip300, it would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: HOWTO: Print to a windows XP machine

    A lot of drivers are found at:

    www.turboprint.de/english.html

    I have a Canon i350, and thats the only place I found a driver for it. It is not free, but they have a free trial, I think.

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    Re: HOWTO: Print to a windows XP machine

    Now what's cool is that it prints... but it only uses a quarter of the page's available realestate. Scales it down to a quarter of the page size and squats it in the top left corner.
    Why must they not have the driver for my printer? (Canon MultiPass MP390)
    Evil.

    Essentially works though, so good on ya Thanks!
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    Re: HOWTO: Print to a windows XP machine

    what do you mean by 'user and password', the login you use with Ubuntu?

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    Re: HOWTO: Print to a windows XP machine

    Quote Originally Posted by benplaut
    what do you mean by 'user and password', the login you use with Ubuntu?
    That's what worked for me.
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    Re: HOWTO: Print to a windows XP machine

    Quote Originally Posted by thecrimsonking
    By default "Print Services for Unix" are not installed on XP.
    You must install *and* manually turn on this service from the MMC before you can print to XP.

    I have never been able to print to an XP machine (from linux) before turning this on.

    Now I will sit back and wait for all the people telling me they do it all the time
    Hi! I've installed "Print Services for Unix" on my XP, so how can I turn it on (what's the MMC?)?
    Even if my windows printer is shared I can't print to my windows machine from Kubuntu. The only way I can do it is by using Win4lin and running Win98 (where it recognises my hp3420, as it can see it) and printing from there.

    Otherwise when I try to print, my printer just makes some noise without printing.

    Please help me

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