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Printer Heaven? Printer Hell?

Posted 11-02-2009 at 10:05 PM by SrDorothy

I've been having fits lately with the printing situation. Installed Mepis 8 on one of the networked computers hoping more media stuff would work...but what happened was that it messed up guessed it: the printing situation! "Suddenly," as tech support so often reports hearing, none of the Mepis computers could find the printer (now shared via a small print server).

I've been getting lessons about computers talking to each other on a network. That idea was, until recently, just theory to me; I mean I suspected it was for real, but couldn't prove it. But I now have hard evidence that they DO talk. Sometimes they tell the truth and that's great, things go well. Sometimes one of them tells a lie--or heck, maybe just verbalizes a mistaken idea, I'll give 'em the benefit of the doubt--and then all hell breaks loose.

For example, one says "The printer is at IP" (when the actual IP is xx.x.x.yyy)........and the others BELIEVE it. Think you can convince them otherwise? No way. My solution was to install on one computer Puppy Linux, a straightforward and innocent Linux distro who (so far) cannot tell a lie. And once Puppy was on the network, Mepis could find the printer, too. Hmm. Of course if I turn the Puppy computer off, Mepis says, "Whoops! No printer, sorry!" So Mepis only knows where the printer is when Puppy tells it. Fine, as long as <b>I</b> know what's going on!
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