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Printing from Linux to shared Windows printer
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n0ukf


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PostPosted: Thu 07 Feb 2013, 01:19    Post subject:  Printing from Linux to shared Windows printer
Subject description: how do I find the shared path of the printer
 

CUPS can't seem to find the shared printer on the Windows machines (for that matter, it couldn't find a network printer either, I had to tell it the ip address). How do I find the path through the computer with the desired shared printer? looking at properties in Windows, I see nothing like a shared pathname (not just the printer's shared name).
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Hotdog


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PostPosted: Thu 07 Feb 2013, 01:31    Post subject:  

n0ukf,

CUPS is not very smart about finding printers. Here is how I set up CUPS for a shared Windows printer:
Code:
smbc://192.168.1.100/HP Color LaserJet 4500 PS
The smbc is for 'samba connection', the 192.168.1.100 is the address of the machine which is sharing its printer and the remainder is the exact name of the printer as known by its host.

I have had CUPS to not even find a printer connected to the computer on which CUPS is running.

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PostPosted: Thu 07 Feb 2013, 01:52    Post subject:  

Apple software, almost as good as Microsoft software. Huh? Wink Laughing
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8-bit


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PostPosted: Thu 07 Feb 2013, 05:29    Post subject:  

As Hotdog said to an extent of first you have to use Samba. The printer has to be shared in Windows. And naturally the windows PC has to be powered up all the time without going to suspend mode.
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Thu 07 Feb 2013, 09:04    Post subject:  

CUPS does not auto-detect Windows shared printers. Read here under "Connecting to a Windows Shared Printer".

It explains how to find the correct device names in Windows.

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As Hotdog said to an extent of first you have to use Samba.

Just to be clear, you do NOT need to install a Samba package. The necessary Samba client tools are already in Puppy.
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