I am Linux in a Microsoft world.
January 21, 2011 1:03 PM Subscribe
I am an Ubuntu newbie in a mixed environment. I need to print from Ubuntu 10.10 to a Dell 1700 printer attached to an XP Pro PC. I've read reams of tips, tricks, forums, Google searches & past AskMes. I consider myself of above average user intelligence. Am I educated stupid?
posted by beelzbubba to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I run a Neighborhood Networks computer lab with mostly old PCs--2.2GHz, 512Mb Ram, 30 to 80 Gb HDD, XP PRO SP3 is a typical set up. I've got two desktops running Ubuntu, which I just upgraded (no compelling reason) to Ubuntu 10.10. (Btw, the following problem preceded the Ubuntu upgrade.)
If it were up to me, I'd run the whole lab Linux and take my lumps on the learning curve. But it's not up to me, and the folks making the decision are scared of anything newer than XP. We have a Dell 1700 USB printer and several HP 5400 inkjets available.
The network could be set up as a domain (it isn't now), and all machines are connected through a network switch to a Linksys router that shares the downstream of the overall company's T1 line.
I love the ease & speed & stability of the Ubuntus. The only issue that dogs me is printing--whether the printer is attached locally or through the Windows network. I am generally familiar with Samba. Printing has always worked on the XPs and never on the Ubuntus. And the Ubuntu won't talk to the XP (for printing) and vice-versa.
I have tried everything suggested to me by googling & heavy Linux lifting. I MUST be missing something. Can it be done? Can mixed marriages really work?