[SOLVED] Printing from guest XP machine in Virtualbox
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So I decided to finally start using virtualbox now that I got a larger hard drive. I installed xp in a virtual machine and it is working fine except that I can't print, I googled around and found that it is possible but was wondering what steps i need to take to get this working.
Location: Somewhere inside 9.9 million sq. km. Canada
Distribution: Slackware 14.1
There are at least two ways. It partly depends on how your printer attaches to the system. USB devices should be no problem. On Virtual box, start it up, and click Settings, and then USB. Create a filter for the device. Once XP can see the device, then install the printer in XP as if it were stand alone.
Second method. Run a samba server on linux, and share the printer. On XP install the printer as a Network Printer.
The second method is much more complex, because of the Samba server. It has the added advantage of allowing you read write access from windoze to your linux shared directories, as well as shared printers.
I had the samba server working, long before I install virtualbox.
The first method is fast, and outside of making the filter to allow XP access to the USB hardware, is about the same as adding a printer in XP.
Last thoughts, if your printer is a parallel port printer, or a serial port printer, you might have to go with method 2. I don't think there is a way to access the parallel port with a printer. There is access for the serial ports, however I think that is for modems, not printers.
Are you using the OSE or PUEL version?
If your using the OSE version that is on the SlackBuild site USB is not supported.
The PUEL version doses support USB.
I have the PUEL version on a Slack64 host with a XP guest with an HP all-in-one working via USB.
to my /etc/fstab and now I have access to all usb devices that I want except my printer (its greyed out under options) my USB harddrive was available and it workng so I am assuming that usb is working, but for some reason the printer is unavailable.