[SOLVED]Re: [Samba] Problems printing lanscape on SAMBA advertized printers

Rob Tanner rtanner at linfield.edu
Wed Aug 16 18:40:36 GMT 2006

The solution was derived by accident.  Fort historical/legacy reasons, 
the PC drivers installed were all PCL.  Apparently at one time Windows 
machines handled PostScript very badly and even a simple job would take 
an absurdly long time to print.  While I was using an earlier version of 
Samba (2.2.7a-security-rollup-fix) and lprng, this all worked fine.  The 
problem came about when I replaced that older server with a newer one 
running version 3.0.14a-2 with CUPS.  I say the problem was resolved by 
accident because I unintentionally installed a PostScript driver for the 
5Ms.  It worked perfectly, and the legacy slowness did not occur.  So, 
I've started replacing all the various drivers with the PostScript version.

In my case, the issue is now academic, but are there problems with 
Samba-3 and PCL print drivers?


Rob Tanner said the following on 08/14/2006 03:37 PM:

> Hi,
> I'm having a problem with some model of HP printers (specifically 5Ms 
> and 8100s) not printing landscape when accessed via SAMBA (version 
> 3.0.14a-2).   The problem is actually visible in print preview on the 
> windows box.  But have the same computer print to the printer directly 
> and there's no problem. I'm presuming this has something to do with 
> the way SAMBA interfaces with the windows drivers.
> Drivers are installed the easy way by unzipping them on a PC, and 
> letting windows actually upload the driver to the server.
> I'm truly baffled and so I hope someone else has seen this problem and 
> gotten through it.
> Thanks,
> Rob


Rob Tanner
UNIX Services Manager
Linfield College, McMinnville OR

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