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Old 08-16-2010, 10:36 AM   #1
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SUSE 11.3 using Printer connected to Windows 7

Hi there,
I am trying to set up my SUSE 11.3 machine to print on my printer connected to my windows 7 box. Help or direction would be greatly appreciated.

Old 08-16-2010, 11:20 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by tmccnhy View Post
Hi there,
I am trying to set up my SUSE 11.3 machine to print on my printer connected to my windows 7 box. Help or direction would be greatly appreciated.

First things first. Is the printer supported through CUPS? Not every one is. If there is support for your printer through CUPS, you will need a 'PostScript Printer Definition' (PPD) file for your printer. If you cannot find one, it may make things difficult.
Second, do you have Windows file sharing set up properly? If you don't have that facility turned on, there may be problems. Windows 7 Home and Home Premium (and let's not start talking about Windows 7 Starter Edition) do not include a lot of facilities for network support. Make sure that you can share the printer to another Windows computer before trying to share to Linux. It will be pointless otherwise. When all else fails, the RTFM philosophy works, but there are a few sites that I found particularly helpful:
In Section 3.1, pay close attention to the NOTE about AuthType Basic.
Also check out the SAMBA page, especially chapter 22 on for information. On a side note, setting up SAMBA should allow you to map your Windows printers and drives to a UNIX (or Linux) system, and even vice versa.
Old 08-17-2010, 02:52 AM   #3
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I think you should first try to install that printer locally. if it works then you are on the good way. second, attach the printer to the win computer and check if that printer is shared over the network. then reinstall again on linux computer, over the network (i donot know how u do that in suse but in slackware's control center i can choose from: local printer/remote lpd qeue/smb shared printer/network printer (tcp or ipp/http)/remote cups server/); a good choice is "smb shared printer".

If your printer is a HP then u can use HPlip. if it's other (canon/brother/xerox/etc) and you cannot find a driver for it, maybe you should try Turboprint(or something similar) which I used in 2004 for a Canon printer on Mandrake linux.(however Turboprint if still exists is a commercial software).

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Old 08-18-2010, 09:44 AM   #4
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Both Windows and Suse should be in the same Workgroup.
Set your Windows printer as "shared".
On Suse: Start, Administration, Manage Printing (CUPS), CUPS for Administrators-Adding Printers and Classes, Printers-Add Printer, (root+password), Windows Printer via samba,

Try that and report back to us.


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