[Samba] XP Home can't print to Samba

Peter sw98234 at hotmail.com
Thu Nov 2 22:26:57 GMT 2006

OK, I was so pleased to get Samba and CUPS working and XP Pro systems
printing fine. Then, I went through the same steps with a laptop that had
XP Home on it. I installed the printer drivers as an admin, and had no
trouble accessing shares on Samba. Even could connect to and view the

Trouble is that nothing printed. After clicking Print Test Page, there was
around a 1 min pause before the info box saying the test page has been
printed. Then, the printer whirred up and spit out a blank page.

I next tried listing a dir to the printer. C:\>dir >//server/printer. And
the printer whirred right up and then showed an error that there was no
data. Pressing OK spit out a directory listing (must have fit completely
in the printer buffer).

Printing to a different printer on an XP peer works fine. On further
analysis, the spool file never gets filled. It's 0 bytes in size. Here's
my smb.conf. I realize XP Home handles networking differently, but I
really have no need for security in a closed home net.


	security = SHARE
	guest account = ftp
	printcap name = cups
	ldap ssl = no
	hosts allow = 192.168.2., 172.16.27.

	comment = HP Photosmart via CUPS
	path = /var/spool/samba
	guest ok = Yes
	printable = Yes
	cups options = raw
	use client driver = Yes

Any and all ideas appreciated.

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