[Samba] Printers not working with Point'N'Print

Mike Freitas mdpolaris at comcast.net
Thu Sep 8 18:09:24 GMT 2005

I have been wrestling with this for quite some time.  I have Samba
3.0.9-1.3E.3 installed on a RH ES 3 server running the 2.4.21-32.ELsmp
kernel.  I have a Xerox Workcentre 32C, Workcentre 65, HP Laser Jet 5si,
HP LJ 8000, LJ 4250dtn.  All of the printers work fine from the local
machine.  In other words, I can print to any of the printers from the RH
server.  However, when using Samba to share the printers I have had some
issues.  First of all, The HP LJ 8000 does not work with the PostScript
Driver.  The printer will work fine with PS from windows directly, but
when printing through samba the job just dissappears.  I don't get any
error messages at all.  The PCL driver works for manually adding the
driver as well as using the Point N Print feature.  I'd like to use the
postscript driver, but the PCL seems to work fine so I'm not too
concerned with that.  However the Xerox printers do not want to play
nice with Samba at all.  When I add the printer without point n print,
they work fine.  Under the Properties in windows XP the port shows up as
\\server\printerqueue   Now if I reconfigure Samba to use PNP and I
click connect and let the driver install automatically, the port shows
up as Samba Printer Port.  When I try to print from here I get no errors
but the print job dissappears.  I may be wrong, but it seems that there
is some problem translating the Samba Printer Port to the actual printer
queue.  I don't know how everything is implemented so this is just a
guess.  I can post any config files you like.  I know this is a lot of
info and if you would like to tackle this one printer at a time, I'm ok
with that.  The highest priority for me is to be able to get the 2 Xerox
WorkCentres working with Point N Print driver installation.  I have
tried many options found through google with no luck.  I'd be happy to
offer any info you need including screenshots of the printer properties
if that will help!!  Thanks.

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