Originally Posted by jdkaye
I'm a bit confused by your description. Is the printer connected to a parallel port to the ubuntu machine or to the winxp machine? In other words (with respect to Ubuntu) is this a local printer connected via parport0 or a networked printer?
Themotorman, please correct me if misunderstood:
From the original post it seems clear that the printer is attached to the winXP host, and marked "shared" on windows. With respect to Ubuntu, it must be accessed using Samba; it's neither connected via parport0 nor networked (as in jetdirect, i.e., TCP port 9100).
I don't have a fix. My Hardy Heron does offer samba as an option when adding a new printer. But it cannot discover the shared printer -- you go two levels through the Windows stuff (workgroup being one) and then it gets into molasses mode.
(In contrast my older Drake Dapper (=EmperorLinux) can navigate the Windows SMB hierarchy fine, and print ot the printer, albeit too small because it lacks the proper driver, PPD file or whatever.)