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    kubuntu as print server for Vista

    I am running Kubuntu 9.10
    Brother DCO-145C printer
    Cups 1.1
    Prints well, all good.
    Can I use access the printer from a Vista maschine via a wireless network?

    Until now:
    I open Network and see my Linux computer-good
    Select the Linux maschine and see a folder Printers -good
    Select the printer folder and I get a long slow wait trying to find it, then freeze with a "not responding" notice. Not so good.
    The Vista maschine will print if I plug the printer into it physically, I have the correct software.

    So, somewhere in the Printer configuration on Kubuntu is a problem?
    Or should I use the CUPS driver on both maschines?
    Or is it not possible anyway?

    All ideas are welcome.

    John

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    Yes, you will want to set up samba server and share the printer.

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    Thanks for answering but I am afraid that this is my problem. I don'yt know if I have samba working properly. I need very simple help.

    I have seen the help site about reconfiguring the config file but:
    They contain things that I cannot find in my samba.config.
    I cannot edit samba.config, help site on how to change permissions tells me to do this:

    sudo chmod 775 /etc/samba/smb.conf

    which results in no change at all

    As an added bonus, my computer will no longer connect to the wireless network, don't see what changes I have made but obviously something

    Sorry to be so dense but it all seems to have gone pear shaped.

    john

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    Quote Originally Posted by wimaj View Post

    I have seen the help site about reconfiguring the config file but:
    They contain things that I cannot find in my samba.config.
    You can paste them in, no problem. Here is how my printer is shared in smb.conf:

    Code:
    # Printer settings
       load printers = yes
       printing = cups
       printcap name = cups
    
    
    and in the shares section
    
    [printers]
       invalid users = root
       comment = All Printers
       browseable = no
       path = /tmp
       printable = yes
       public = no
       writable = no
       create mode = 0700
    This is all stuff that was already there or copied from somewhere else.
    I cannot edit samba.config, help site on how to change permissions tells me to do this:

    sudo chmod 775 /etc/samba/smb.conf

    which results in no change at all
    smb.conf is probably owned by root:root, therefore if you are an ordinary user you have only r-x permission. However since you are on kubuntu, just do sudo kwrite /etc/samba/smb.conf (if you have kwrite for your editor, or is it kedit?). Save as to make a backup though.

    As an added bonus, my computer will no longer connect to the wireless network, don't see what changes I have made but obviously something
    I would say unrelated, try some things and start a new thread for it.

    good luck!
    nigel
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