[Samba] Re: Win client can print if printer manually created but notwhen auto driver installed

Mark gmane at tippingmar.com
Fri Mar 12 18:14:19 GMT 2004

"Lee Thao" <lthao at elmbrook.org> wrote in message
news:200403121533.i2CFX70e014207 at linuxmail.elmbrook.org...
> Is this a samba issue or cups?  I can print from a client just fine if I
> install a local printer attached to a local smb port
> (\\server\printershare).  But when I create a "network" printer (using apw
> or double clicking on printershare in explorer), all I get for a test page
> (or from anything else actually) is a blank page with three non-alpha,
> lookin chars in the upper right.  What gives?

If you have a small network, then stick with the local drivers.  It's simple
and it works.  If you have hundreds or thousands of users, then buy a copy
of "The Official Samba-3 HowTo and Reference Guide".  Then settle down for a
lot of reading and a lot of configuration and a lot of testing.  It isn't
simple, but it is potentially vey powerful.

Disclaimer:  I use the local driver method.  I did buy the book and read all
about the fantastic new printing abilities in Samba-3, but concluded the
effort wouldn't be worth it for my 25 user network. So in fact, I have never
used the method where drivers are automatically downloaded.


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