How to print on a SMB/GDI printer

David W. Chapman Jr. dwcjr at
Mon Jan 29 16:26:49 GMT 2001

> This is some kind of a lazy printer. Most of the work of a printer is done
> software e.g. by some windows dll's. This makes those printers cheap to
> produce, but usually they only work on Windows machines and
> The concept is very familiar to Winmodems.
> > nec 1450N and it seemed to work ok
> Mine is a Lexmark 3200. I can print when I connect to the printer from a
> client, the printer driver popsup and shows the progress of the
> the server) and of course the printer starts. Doing the same from a linux
> behaves very except that the printer doesn't start its work.
> I guess that the driver expects the data in a language my linux box
> talk.
Thanks for the info.  I'm currently using postscript as it doesn't shoot out
extra pages, but seems a lot slower than my pcl6 driver, does samba or *nix
like postscript better?

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