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Old 08-20-2008, 12:17 PM   #1
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SAMBA and CUPS Printer problem with windows


Hey,

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:

Code:
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:
Code:
[printers]
   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
[print$]
   comment = Printer Drivers
   path = /var/lib/samba/printers
   browseable = yes
   read only = yes
   guest ok = no
Thanks!

Last edited by Boffy; 08-20-2008 at 12:17 PM. Reason: appearance
 
Old 08-21-2008, 06:11 AM   #2
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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
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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.
 
  


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