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400 attempts to setup/share printer. unsuccessful.
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PostPosted: Sat 24 Nov 2007, 18:50    Post_subject:  400 attempts to setup/share printer. unsuccessful.
Sub_title: it can't be that difficult, can it?

running PUPPY 3.0, installed to
the hard drive of a dell optiplex gx100 (433 mhz/192 ram)
printer: canon pixma mp210
cups: tried version 1.2.11 (user/password screen never went away)
and 1.1.23-1 (received Error:server-error-internal-error)
pdq setup did not work.

PUPPY community:

i have made many, many attempts to:
- share a printer across a network on a windows xp machine
- setup a printer on my PUPPY machine

all attempts have failed.
hours of internet/forum research have not provided a resolution.

i have no idea how to resolve this.
man, i need help.

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PostPosted: Sat 24 Nov 2007, 22:29    Post_subject:  

Yes, I think your problem is the Puppy version Sad

Assuming there is a linux driver that works with that printer, it should be no problem to install on a puppy machine. BUT people were having problems with CUPS in 3.0 or 3.01 - I can't remember exactly what was going on though - presumably you've checked out the relevant threads?

With the inbuilt CUPS in 2.17, and the CUPS dotpup in older puppies, printing has always been very straightforward.

Printing to a printer on a networked Windows machine should also be very straightforward (I think I have the instructions correct here), but I do know that people were specifically having problems with this in Puppy 3.0 or 3.01 - have you found that forum thread?

When you say you can't share the printer from the Windows PC, do you just mean you can't use it from your Puppy PC, or do you actually mean you can't get Windows to share it? (or don't you know because you don't have a second Windows PC to check?)
Can you see the printer from LinNeighborhood? (just see it listed - LinNeighborhood can't do anything with it)

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PostPosted: Sun 25 Nov 2007, 02:05    Post_subject:  

jpop12 - you didn't sya as to whether you'd installed the 'drivers' for the Canon printer..?

If not - then this will be the problem - CUPS will only work IF it can find the relevant 'drivers' for the printer you are using - in your case a Canon Pixma MP210 - which is specialist enough to needing its own set of 'drivers' (due to it being a Canon & multifunction..).!!

I use a Canon MP110 as my printer - AND - before I could get it to work - I had to download & install the relevant printer 'drivers' that would make it work - the only set that I've found will work is the Canon ip1500 drivers..!!

As you state you are having probs getting CUPS to recognize your printer - I have managed to package the files that work for me into a smaller set of 'tar.bz2' files as attached :-



3 x boot:- ASROCK VIA 'all-in-one' m/b; AMD Duron 1.8Ghz+; 1.0GB RAM; 20GB hdd (WinXP Pro); 80GB hdd (MEPIS 3.4-3/Puppy v2.15CE Frugal); 1GB USB pendrive (Puppy 2.15CE Frugal); CD/DVDRW; 17" LCD monitor; HSF 56k modem... MEPIS is great.. Puppy ROCKS..
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