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Re: Is it possible to use broken display laptop for print server?

On Sat 03 Sep 2011 at 17:50:28 -0700, keitho@strucktower.com wrote:

> shawn said:
> "If you're looking for something to do, go for it. If you want a print
> server that just works, go on eBay and get an old jetdirect server (or go
> off brand - belkin comes to mind) for <$20."

This is your low-energy, noiseless solution. It may also take less time
to set up and lead to less frustration than your laptop route.

> Any tips appreciated- how to configure it to automatically log in to the
> network, which software to use for print server and how to start it on
> bootup, how to create the cd, etc.

Download a netinst iso, burn to CD and boot from it. Insert a USB stick
and, after the base install stage and configuring the package manager,
put GRUB on the MBR of the stick.

Download the Plop Boot Manager zip file from www.plop.at. It contains an
iso file. Burn the iso to a CD. Boot from it and then from the USB
stick.  Install CUPS, Samba, a printer driver (www.openprinting.org) and
anything else you may need. Configure to your liking.

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