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Re: Help setting up network printer

On Mon, May 21, 2007 at 09:00:20 -0400, Eric A. Bonney, CPA wrote:
> I am trying to setup a Dell  Printer on my laptop that is being shared from 
> an XP Pro desktop.  The printer does work fine locally on the desktop and 
> wirelessly from another WinXP Pro laptop.  I am trying to add the printer 
> using Printers off the Kmenu->Settings.  I know the name of the computer 
> that it is being shared from and I know the shared name of the printer from 
> the XP desktop.  I have tried scanning the network but my laptop comes back 
> every time with nothing found.

I have had cases myself where the KDE printer scan came up empty but it
nevertheless worked to select "SMB" and to put in the correct username
and password (for the windows print "server"), the server and the
printer name in the KDE dialogs. If I remember correctly, you have to
use the server name without the leading "//" (or "\\" as Windows has

> The printer is connected to the desktop via a USB cable and the port number 
> that is assigned to the printer in XP is USB001 (virtual port).  Could this 
> be the root of the problem?  I am not even sure I will be able to print to 
> the printer, but at this point, I can't even see the printer.  I have also 
> opened up port 9100 on my firewall just in case, but that didn't work 
> either, so I removed it.
> Any additional help would be appreciated.

If what I have posted above does not get you going then you should try
to run

smbclient -U <user> -L <server>

to see if you can "talk" to the XP machine at all. This command should
list all available services, e.g. shared folders, exported printers,
etc. (You will be prompted for a password if the server requires one.
<server> can be specified with or without the leading "//".)

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