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Old 09-15-2009, 06:33 AM   #1
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Printing on a Vista shared printer


I'm running the latest ubuntu version. My colleague runs Windows Vista Pro and has an USB printer attached to it. His machine is in a AD domain, mine is not of course (I just get a IP address).
I asked him to share the printer, and took note of his hostname (say 'charlie'). In ubuntu, I use the printer config menue and add a Windows smb printer, say smb://charlie/PRINT01

Whenever I try to browse the machine or to print the test page, the printer config app asks me about user, domain, and password - which I don't have of course. Just hitting enter does not resolve, I get a "Tree connect failed" (NT_STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED).

I though if the printer is shared on M$ side, it should be enough to speak to it via samba... it seems I do need a user account on M$ side?!

Any suggestions on how I can use the printer from ubuntu?

Thanks in advance
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You need Cups installed on your linux system. You need a linux driver that can talk to the printer, same one you would use if it were attached to your system. This is not a windows driver. It has to be a linux supported printer before this will work. Go here --> if you need to find out what linux driver works with this printer. There is a hardware data base. You need the make and model of the printer.

You add the remote printer as root. In the Device window in cups, you select "Windows printer via Samba" and in the Device URI window you put something like this "smb://CLIFFSHOME/MRBURNIE/F4280" This sample works from linux to Win XP.

Edit the fields for your system. CLIFFSHOME is my workgroup name. MRBURNIE is the system hosting the printer. F4280 is the name of the printer.

Hope this helps.


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