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How to network a printer with 2 computers?
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gerry

Joined: 26 Jul 2007
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PostPosted: Wed 19 Dec 2007, 12:04    Post subject:  How to network a printer with 2 computers?
Subject description: One Puppy, the other XP
 

I have two computers, one running XP, the other Puppy 301. I have one printer. At present, I move the printer USB cable from one to the other. Enquiring at my friendly local computer shop about a switch, I was told that it's expensive and clunky- use networking! Does this mean SAMBA on the Puppy machine? Seems a bit heavy- is there anything lighter and easier?

Gerry
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HairyWill


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Location: Southampton, UK

PostPosted: Wed 19 Dec 2007, 12:23    Post subject:  

You could use windows printer sharing and smbspool to direct the print jobs from puppy to the XP machine

find smbspool on your system
which smbspool

Now ensure there is a symbolic link in /usr/lib/cups/backend that points to smbspool the link might need to be called smb, I can't remember.
ln -s PATH-TO-SMBSPOOL /usr/lib/cups/backend/smb

Now go into cups and samba printer will now be available as a connection type

if problems
post again or search the forum and wiki for smbspool

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Sage

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Dec 2007, 12:40    Post subject:  

Any chance of getting a dual input printer with USB & LPT? Not so many about now, but some recent mono lasers and my EpsonC84 and HP 640C all have them. I've got a spare printer switch I can send you for LPT. These old printers are fine for office work, letters and drafting, but useless for photos.
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gerry

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Dec 2007, 13:59    Post subject:  

Sage, you're a genius! It has two USB inputs- USB 2.0 Hi-speed, only works on Windows XP+, and USB 2.0 Full Speed, plug your Mac or ancient MS m/c in here.

So I'll obtain another cable, and how it likes having both plugged in.

Gerry
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gerry

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Dec 2007, 16:07    Post subject:  

Using both USB sockets does not work: the (Canon i965) printer has to be configured at installation time to use one or the other.

And I've tried the smb idea: the symlink is there, but I'm having difficulty providing cups with an address (URL) for the printer. Out of my depth again. Hey ho...

Gerry
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gerry

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Dec 2007, 16:54    Post subject:  

After a bit of googling, I reckon I got the URL right, but all I get when I try to print is:

/usr/lib/cups/backend/smb failed

More study...

Gerry
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DC


Joined: 30 Apr 2006
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Location: Maidenhead, England

PostPosted: Wed 19 Dec 2007, 18:06    Post subject:  

Hi have a look at this post

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=12196

most important the reply from "JB4x4"

and the note at the bottom

Quote:
Note: The binary file "smbspool" is needed to make the connection with your printer. The CUPS install creates the proper simlink to it at /usr/lib/cups/backend/smb , but it is a dead link because smbspool is missing in the base Puppy install.


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gerry

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Dec 2007, 18:50    Post subject:  

DC- smbspool is present- all 830k of it. It's in Puppy 3.01

I suspect I have a problem with the printer name on the XP machine. It has a space in it. I'll change it tomorrow- it's past my bedtime now!

Gerry

EDIT: I need to review the hardware connections to make sure that the two machines really are connected. After Christmas.
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