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Re: Help setting up network printer

Florian Kulzer wrote:
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 "//".)

As it turns out...I didn't have the smbclient installed. I thought since I was able to get access to the shares on the XP machine for file that everything was working. So I now have the client running and I can see the printer. The issue I am having now is authentication. If I do the above command and provide the password I get a nice detailed list of all the items that are available from the machine, printer included. When I run the KDE Printer setup wizard everything goes just fine. Then at the last step it asks for authorization and I type in the exact same username and password that I used in the command line and it fails. I have verified the username and passwords on the desktop and they work fine when logging in there. Any other suggestions?


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