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Old 08-05-2007, 09:12 AM   #1
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Samba, CUPS and Windows Clients

Hi All,
I am attempting to set up a Linux box (Fedora 7) as a print server, using SAMBA and CUPS, and having the drivers on the server to be installed on the Win XP boxen on demand.
The printer that I am trying to get going is a Lexmark E232, which is a PCL6 printer, so the Generic PCL6/foomatic .ppd works fine when printing from the server itself.

However from an XP client, after going to Printers and Install New Printer, you can browse the network, locate the printer, hit install, and Windows returns with an error message -
"The server for the 'Lexmark_E232' printer does not have the correct driver installed.'

I have put the CUPS-Windows drivers, plus the required Postscript driver files from a Windows XP installation on the server, have run cupsaddsmb -H localhost -U root -a -v, which spits out a lot but eventually ends with 'Printer Driver Lexmark_E232 successfully installed'

So I can see the printers, it prints correctly locally, cupsaddsmb seems to do the job..but I am out of ideas. Anyone have any suggestions??

Old 08-05-2007, 10:32 AM   #2
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I have never had any success installing the printer drivers from linux/samba servers to a windoze machine. My approach has always , when you get the 'server does not have the correct driver" message, to continue and load the driver from XP itself.

That has always worked for me. Lexmark printers are well supported in windoze, as far as I know.

Is there some reason you have to install the driver in XP from the server?
Old 08-05-2007, 11:31 PM   #3
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No other reason than convenience. I did have it working at one stage, on Fedora Core 6, then upgraded to Fedora 7.
The drivers directory is created (W32X86 from memory - I'm at work and dont have the machine in front of me), and cupsaddsmb reports I really dont know what the problem is. For now, I have just done as you suggested and installed the generic Adobe Postscript driver on the clients, and it works fine


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