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Printing Saga Continues...

Posted 08-17-2009 at 09:39 PM by SrDorothy

I took my printing problems to our local GNU/Linux SIG (part of Olympia Microcomputer User Group) a while back. Basically, I had an HP LJ 1300 connected to a WinXP machine and shared on our network. But the WinXP kept losing its connection with the printer...no idea how or why.

So someone at the Linux group had a small print server he said I could try. I set it up, installed the software to the WinXP machine, and voila! All the other computers (mostly Mepis 6.5, one Win98) found the printer right away and could print.

Next day...none of the Mepis computers could print or even had any record of the printer, sigh.

I found when I "installed" the printer with the printer wizard on one Mepis machine, suddenly they could all 'see' the printer again. Magic, I'm sure of it.

But when the printer and the WinXP were turned off at night with all the other computers, next morning I was back at square one. Then one day someone forgot to turn off the printer...and all the computers maintained their connection with it. So now I leave the printer on. Not my idea of the perfect solution, but hey--it works.

By the way, the print server software has a way to refresh the printer...but it doesn't seem work as far as the Mepis computers are concerned
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