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How do I setup a printer in UNIX that will be connected to the parrelle port of Win 95 machine?

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We are running SCO OS5.  One of our clients has bought a HP laser that she wants connected to her pc.  The printer doesn't have serial connection. ( which is too bad, cause it would be done already)  The pc is running win 95.  How do I set up a printer in UNIX to print to this printer?

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I'm not SCO expert, but in general to print via a PC from UNIX, you can normally go about this in two ways.

One is to install print services on the UNIX box that can talk to Win95. ie: Samba.  Basically this allows your UNIX box to talk the same protocol as a Win95 machine, and therefore use it's print queues.  This comes as part of Linux, I don't know about SCO.

The other option is to make the PC act like a UNIX box.  In other words install lp services on the PC - the print is then sent using TCP/IP.  Exceed includes a lp daemon, and there are probably public domain ones about too if you have a look around.

In short, you either need to make the UNIX box look like a PC client, or make the Win95 box look like a UNIX server.

Hope this helps.
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ok,  I got a question about Samba.  I install it on my unix box and that would be my printer on the unix.  But is there any kind of software that I need to install on the win 95??  thanks
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thanks man
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