Linux Printing Issue

Posted on 2004-07-31
Last Modified: 2010-03-18
I am currently trying to allow my Windows XP machine to print to my Linux Redhat (Fedora) system.

I am receiving the following error: client-error-document-format-not-supported

I'm figuring its probably a confiruation error on my side. When I tell the printer to run a printer function like aligning itself it prints fine. For some reason its having trouble with normal documents being printed (and the 'test page'). I can its spooling. It looks like it gets it and doesn't know how to read it.

Any hehlp would be appreciated.

Question by:Shroder
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
LVL 17

Expert Comment

ID: 11689950
You dont say what the printer is. What you need to do is install the printer on  winXP as a local printer, using the printers installation cdrom. Once it is installed, got into the settings of the printer on the winXP box and change the port from lpt1 to the address of the print queue on the linux box.

Expert Comment

ID: 11707377
Can you tell us how are you printing from XP to RedHat? Are you using Samba or something else like lpd?

In most cases, it is easiest to use a postscript printer driver. I use an Apple colour laser printer driver, the one that comes with XP/2000 and install it using a local port but don't print a test page. Then I'd change the port to however I am sharing the printer on the RedHat server, a network printer share if using samba.

Accepted Solution

Sheldonh earned 250 total points
ID: 11713117
When you install the printer on the Linux machine, make sure that during the installation process you select the "SAMBA" option from one of the drop down lists in the setup process. SAMBA will allow you to print from Windows to Linux.

If you have done this then it is possibly a driver problem.

Author Comment

ID: 11715414
Sorry for the delay.

Printer: Business inkjet 1100.
OS: Linux Redhat (Fedora 2 core)

When I originaly installed the printer I think I installed it as a local printer on the linux box. Since then I have gone into the  'Printer configuartion'. From there I can set the queue type to Locally-connect, CUPPS and Samba.

So it sounds like I want to change this to Samba (SMB). It hasks for share, hostname, workgroup, username and password. I've filled this area out before and it didn't seem to work, but since it sounds like this is the way its suppose to be configured I will try it again.

With the queue type set as SMB should I have my windows system configured to be a network or local printer?

Author Comment

ID: 11715546
Figured it out.

Looks like I needed to create a local connected printer and a samba printer. Now it works. I still want to find out if it would have been ok just to make a samba queued printer (incase I'm making this more complicated then it needed to be).

Featured Post

Building an interactive eFuture classroom

Watch and learn how ATEN provided a total control system solution including seamless switching matrix switch, HDBaseT extenders, PDU, lighting control to build an interactive eFuture classroom.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

I have seen several blogs and forum entries elsewhere state that because NTFS volumes do not support linux ownership or permissions, they cannot be used for anonymous ftp upload through the vsftpd program.   IT can be done and here's how to get i…
Note: for this to work properly you need to use a Cross-Over network cable. 1. Connect both servers S1 and S2 on the second network slots respectively. Note that you can use the 1st slots but usually these would be occupied by the Service Provide…
With Secure Portal Encryption, the recipient is sent a link to their email address directing them to the email laundry delivery page. From there, the recipient will be required to enter a user name and password to enter the page. Once the recipient …
The Email Laundry PDF encryption service allows companies to send confidential encrypted  emails to anybody. The PDF document can also contain attachments that are embedded in the encrypted PDF. The password is randomly generated by The Email Laundr…

737 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question