Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Server
User Name
Linux - Server This forum is for the discussion of Linux Software used in a server related context.


  Search this Thread
Old 08-20-2008, 12:17 PM   #1
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Durham, UK
Distribution: Ubuntu 8.04
Posts: 419

Rep: Reputation: 30
SAMBA and CUPS Printer problem with windows


I've just installed a HPDeskjet 930C printer on my ubuntu server edition system. I printed a test page from the CUPS web panel and it works fine. Only problem is I can't get it to work with windows.

Samba is sharing it and windows sees it but when I try to connect to it I'm told to install drivers but they don't stick. From what I can see windows isn't seeing a model and thus getting confused. Here is the error windows throws out:

The '' printer driver is not installed on this computer. 
Some printer properties will not be accessible unless you install the printer driver.
Do you want to install the driver now?
Here is my samba.conf section:
   comment = All Printers
   browseable = no
   path = /var/spool/samba
   printable = yes
   guest ok = no
   read only = yes
   create mask = 0700

# Windows clients look for this share name as a source of downloadable
# printer drivers
   comment = Printer Drivers
   path = /var/lib/samba/printers
   browseable = yes
   read only = yes
   guest ok = no

Last edited by Boffy; 08-20-2008 at 12:17 PM. Reason: appearance
Old 08-21-2008, 06:11 AM   #2
LQ Veteran
Registered: Nov 2002
Location: Somewhere inside 9.9 million sq. km. Canada
Distribution: Slackware 14.1, 14.2, current, slackware-arm-currnet
Posts: 5,478

Rep: Reputation: 632Reputation: 632Reputation: 632Reputation: 632Reputation: 632Reputation: 632
You have to install the windows driver for your HP printer on the windows system. You do that from windows. Use the Add Printer function. If windows does not include a driver, then install from ( I think ) 'other'. You Should have received a windows driver with the printer, on a CD. You could always download the latest from HP, but either should do. When you add the printer, it is a network printer. This is where you tell windows the printer is on a different machine. Samba acts like another windoze machine to the client.

If your printer is working on your linux system locally, and you can see it from windoze, then all you need is the windoze HP driver on windoze...
Old 08-21-2008, 06:13 AM   #3
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Durham, UK
Distribution: Ubuntu 8.04
Posts: 419

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 30
I think the problem was related to the sharing settings. I tweaked them a little and now it works fine after installing the windows drivers.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cant print using samba and cups to a windows printer araldit Linux - Networking 5 11-27-2007 09:21 PM
Sharing CUPS Printer with SAMBA to Windows machine turbocueca Linux - Server 8 05-05-2007 10:41 AM
Help with printing to Windows printer with cups and samba. Royle Linux - Networking 3 01-23-2005 12:16 PM
CUPS/SAMBA Printer Server for Windows Problem baz2 Linux - Networking 3 11-18-2003 07:01 AM
How to connect Windows printer (cups+Samba)? Waldi Slackware 8 08-31-2003 03:11 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Server

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:38 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration