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RE: [vox-tech] Yargh! Printer not playing nice!
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RE: [vox-tech] Yargh! Printer not playing nice!

I had a similar problem printing to a laserjet hooked up to an NT box
(though now paper feeding anomalies).  My memories are hazy since I'm no
longer in a multi-os environment, but I recall that I was never able to get
anywhere with printconf-gui, but I was able to print postscript (of course,
it was a postscript printer) from the command line using smbprint or
something like that.  I also recall that there doesn't seem to be any rhyme
or reason to this, but sometimes you need twice as many slashes as you think
you do, e.g., you may need ////CRAPPYWINBOX//STUPID_PRINTER.  You may also
have to learn a little more about samba and attack the config files by hand.
Have you looked at the SMB-HOWTO at linuxdoc.org?

Sorry I can't give you anything more solid than that.


-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Crawford
To: vox-tech@lists.lugod.org
Sent: 1/11/2002 2:56 PM
Subject: Re: [vox-tech] Yargh!  Printer not playing nice!

Whoops.  Sorry about that.  I thought I'd sent out another e-mail 
earlier with much more information, but I never got a response.  I guess

it didn't get through.  Heh.

Okay, here's the scoop.

I picked up an Epson Stylus Photo 820 printer.  I picked up this one 
because we need a photo-quality printer, and my research at 
www.linuxprinting.org and other places indicated that this printer both 
plays nice in a network environment like mine (where we have two win98 
machines, a win2k machine, and my occasional Linux box).  The printer is

hooked up to one of our windows 98 computers, and is shared out 
properly.  My wife's Windows 98 computer can print to it perfectly, and 
so can I as long as I'm logged in to Windows 2000.

When I'm logged in to Linux, though, it's a different story.

I have used printconf-gui to set up the printer on my computer.  I 
selected Windows printer (SMB printer); I entered the name of the 
computer and the name of the printer share (e.g., 
//CRAPPYWINBOX/STUPID_PRINTER)... Since this is Windows 98 which doesn't

worry about permissions, I have left the username and password fields 
blank.  For host IP address, I've tried the IP address of the hosting 
computer, the name of the computer, and leaving it blank.

I've selected the appropriate driver.

But when I try printing from Linux, what happens is this: it feeds one 
page through all the way, and then it feeds a second page halfway from 
the stack into the printer... and then stops.  At this point, I end up 
having to press the form-feed button on the printer, and then turning 
the printer off and on to clear out its cache (spool, whatever).  When I

keep an eye on the printer monitor on the hosting win98 computer, 
nothing shows up.

I've looked at linuxdoc.org, linuxprinting.org, and comp.os.linux.redhat

for support, but haven't found anything relevant.

I'm using Red Hat 7.2.

I think that's all of the relevant information.  Let me know if you need


Peter Jay Salzman wrote:

> begin Jeff Newmiller <jdnewmil@dcn.davis.ca.us> 
>>On Fri, 11 Jan 2002, Richard S. Crawford wrote:
>>>After two days of fussing with my printer, which prints fine when
>>>attached directly to my Linux box but not when it's attached to the 
>>>Windows98 box, I'm still no closer to a solution.  Could it be a
>>>issue?  A Samba issue?  A windows permission issue?  A voodoo curse
>>>upon me by a vengeful player from one of my old D&D games?
>>>If *anyone* has *any* thoughts at all, please let me know.  Thanks!
>>The lack of detail on what you have tried leaves me wondering whether
>>your linux box is speaking "printerspeak" yet.
> lol.  brutal but true.  i have to admit, i deleted the msg without
> responding because there was so little detail, i didn't even know
> to begin other than to say "what do your logs say", and i don't want
> sound like the broken log record...  :)
> pete

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