disabling bi-directional printer communication for OS/2
Posted on 2004-11-03
I have a linux box (printing with cups), a windows box, and an os/2 box that all need to print to the same printer
printer is currently hooked up physically to the os/2 box and shared on the windows network and windows clients can print to the printer no problem
Enter Linux, since linux doesnt speak the networking language of os/2, linux and os/2 do not play well together when it comes to network shared resources (especially on a win 2000 active directory domain)
There are a large number of internet posts describing how to get linux to talk to an os/2 printer but none of them worked for me, and some werent even finished works
ok, so I broke down and bought a parallel auto sensing switch that lets you share via cable one printer with two computers.
so I installed it, used epm to print a test file, and it worked fine, then on my windows box I changed the print driver to a lpt1 source. Then I could print directly to the printer and then I could share that on my network and then linux could print to the printer.
would have been easier if I could have had windows share a share, but we all know you cant do that
the auto-sensing printer switch was the perfect solution to a short term problem (im eventually getting rid of the os/2 boxes) with one exception...
the printer switch box does not support bi-directional print functions like ink levels and the like.
and it comes with instructions on how to disable this function in windows
well, my question is, how do you disable bi-directional printer port in os/2?