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Old 02-28-2005, 06:47 PM   #1
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Printing: Linux client, windows print server

My wife has Canon i850 printer hooked up to her laptop, which is wirelessly connected to our home LAN. She's running XP Home edition (don't ask) and I'm (obviously) running Slack, including samba and CUPS, but not KDE or Gnome. I've got a few questions:

1) does anyone have information on the best driver to use for this printer? I've been reading here and there, and it doesn't look good.

2) how do you handle userids/passwords with XP Home edition, where the main user doesn't appear to have a password (nor would my wife be happy with me if I gave her one)?

Has anyone else done something like this, wirelessly or not, on their networks? I'm about ready to just grab an old PC from the basement and set it up as a Slack print server for the darned thing, but the driver issue is still a valid one.

Help me keep from having to use any more Windows in my house than absolutely necessary.
Old 03-01-2005, 12:25 AM   #2
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2) i'm printing to a winxp from linux over wireless
it's still a little tricky, but works more or less

if you are not behind a router or other firewall, you shouldn't do this:
-a. make sure win has the lpd service starting automatically
-b. turn on print sharing
-c. turn off the win firewall
-d. give it a static ip
-e. use the ip instead of hostname in cups
eg...device uri=lpd://[static ip of server]/[print queue name]

i still have some problems on boot from time to time
which i attribute to my cups trying to access the printer
before my wireless connection comes up
Old 03-02-2005, 12:51 AM   #3
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apparently cups supports your printer. why dont you hook it up to a linux desktop on the network and let everyone connect to that. it is a fairly simple process to run samba and share it.

canon did release linux drivers for your printer. here is a useful link with some of the setup info (too bad its for Debian *ew), but you should be able to figure out some of the links from it.
Old 03-02-2005, 12:12 PM   #4
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I have the same printer and use the Canon S800 driver in CUPS. Prints text a little light (saves on ink!), but you can adjust saturation in CUPS to fix that. For my needs which is mostly draft text printing it works fine.



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