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anakinwy 01-21-2011 07:25 AM

Windows 7 to Linux Server print job size very large
Hi everyone,

I'm new to setting up Linux Servers. I've setup a Ubuntu 10.10 Server along with CUPS and I'm using Webmin to talk to the server. I have a HP PSC 1315 Multifunction printer connected via usb to the server. Using the CUPS web interface I am able to get the server to detect the connected printer and it identified the HP PSC 1310 Series drivers.

When I printer a test page from the server's screen the print job goes through ok and the size was about 5k.

I then setup a samba share to allow my Windows 7 machine to share the printer. Windows 7 is able to pick up the shared printer correctly and I used the default HP 1310 Series drivers. When I tried to send a test page to the printer, that single page ended up being 3887kb and I also tried printing out a single paged word document which ended up being over 7MB.

Can anyone please explain how this is the case?


Wai Yin

stress_junkie 01-21-2011 08:54 AM

If the print jobs actually printed correctly then maybe they were converted to Postscript.

anakinwy 01-21-2011 03:41 PM

I don't know what format it's sent in.I think when I look in the print processor dialog it says that it's trying to send in RAW format. But I am unfamiliar withthe setup files for the printer and smb.conf to know what to adjust to change it.

Does anyone know what the driver options are for the HP PSC series ?

z1p 01-21-2011 04:40 PM

Not sure why that is doing that, but another option is to not with samba and have Windows talk to the Unix print service.

With windows 7 it is pretty straight forward.

First you enable the service.


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LPD Service

The Line Printer Daemon (LPD) Service installs and starts the TCP/IP Print Server (LPDSVC) service, which enables UNIX-based computers or other computers that are using the Line Printer Remote (LPR) service to print to shared printers on this server. It also creates an inbound exception for port 515 in Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.

No configuration is necessary for this service. However, if you stop or restart the Print Spooler service, the TCP/IP Print Server service is also stopped, and it is not automatically restarted.

To print to a printer or print server that uses the LPD protocol, you can use the Network Printer Installation wizard and a Standard TCP/IP printer port. However you must install the Line Printer Remote (LPR) Port Monitor feature to print to a UNIX print server. To do so:

* In Control Panel, click Programs and Features, click Turn Windows features on or off, expand Print and Document Services, select the LPR Port Monitor check box, and then click OK.

Then add the printer, you can use the network printer installation wizard for that.

anakinwy 01-22-2011 03:39 AM

Is LDP enabled in CUPS by default? How is the setup of that done through CUPS?

Sorry I'm really new to this... Is LDP the same as LDAP?

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