Printing with SAMBA 2.2 and a Windows 2000 Client... !??

kevin.wilson at kevin.wilson at
Sat Sep 15 04:06:02 GMT 2001


I have had this before, I am running SUSE 6.4 with Samba 2.2.0 
acting as a PDC for a NT4 Workstation and a NT2000 Workstation.

How I got around it, was to use the drivers from the Windows server 
CD (a directory on the CD called Printers). If the drivers needed 
were for a NT4 Workstation, then NT4 Server CD was needed. If it 
was for NT2000 Workstation, then NT2000 Server CD was needed.

This is how I got around it, A don't know if it is a bug or just the 
way it works. Hope this helps.


On 15 Sep 2001, at 11:43, Klaus Schmidt wrote:

> Hi there,
> can anyone please help me wih the following problem ?
> Situation:
> I am using Samba 2.2 with SuSE Linux 7.2 (Kernel 2.4) and a Windows 2000
> Client.
> It is no problem to see the shared files and printer, which is a HP Deskjet
> 930C, in the network environment and the windows explorer.
> The printer is installed and can be used with linux. It is now supposed to
> be used as a network printer with the windows 2000 client.
> By double-clicking on the printer (installed as lp-raw), windows tells me
> that there has to be a driver installed first and opens a dialog box to locate
> the printer's .INF file.
> I tried different locations there, all with different versions of a HP
> Deskjet 930C driver. The first one is an one year old original from hp. The second
> one ist the newest one from the hp homepage. I also tried to use the driver
> information from the Windows 2000 CD.
> Problem:
> After confirmig the path to the .INF file, an error box opens with a =
> message, that the driver is not compatible or not available with the =
> current version of windows.
> (It's the same error box, that appears, when you point to another =
> hardware .INF file (i.e. a Monitor's .INF file) and therefore contains =
> no printer information).
> I also tried another driver with linux, but same result...
> I also tried to do a completely new windows 2000 software installation =
> (after format c:), but same result...
> I use one of the drivers for the deskjet as a local printer with windows =
> 2000 - with no problems!
> Solution:
> Could it possibly be a bug in samba 2.2 software or is it a windows 2000 =
> problem?
> Can anybody please help me, because all over the internet, I didn't find =
> any adequate information concerning this problem...=20
> I really don't know what to do next...
> Thanks for your help, Klaus!
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