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Unable to print to HP printer attached to XP Pro PC from Fedora 10

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I have Win XP Pro installed on my home PC with a HP Deskjet F2280 printer attached via USB, which works OK. The printer is shared on the PC.

My laptop has Fedora 10 on it and is unable to print to the printer. I have set it up as a Samba printer smb://homepc/hp as per various forums and using HP's Device Manager hplips

When printing from the laptop, the printer appears to print i.e. the feeder runs for a second then stops. The print queue on the Windows PC shows 64.0k/2.04MB and gets no further. What can be happening?
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by:rindi
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Have you tried printing with the printer attached directly to the FC10 box to check whether you are using the correct driver? Did you check the eventlogs on the m$ box?
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Yes if I plug the printer in with a USB cable it is detected straight away and prints just fine, with the hplips HP Device Manager showing quite a comprehensive list of options for the printer.

The event logs show nothing out of the ordinary with no errors logged in either the Application or System logs when a print job is sent from my laptop (Fedora).

One option I did try was disabling the firewall on both the Windows PC and my laptop (after checking the Samba service was enabled)
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I have tried a different print job from OpenOffice and again... only 64k is spooled to the Windows PC. The print job appears to go successfully from Fedora with no errors reported.

To rule out a configuration or network issue, I borrowed a Samsung laser from work, connected it via a parallel cable to my Windows PC and shared it....I installed it using Fedora's printer setup as a Samba printer and..it worked.
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Considering buying a HP Wireless USB Print server but it doesn't work with Linux, unless anyone knows different?
Would recently released Fedora 11 be of use?
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by:rindi
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Print servers should be usable on any system if it just gives the printer an IP address. The OS printing to it should make no difference. The only issues you could get is:

a). If the server uses a special utility with an "exe" file to configure it, you may not be able to configure it from Linux.

b). If the printer has functions other than printing, like FAX/Scanning etc., you usually only get access to the printing functions of the printer, but that will also be the case for other OS's, and also if the printer is shared through an OS you can normally only share it's printing functions. There are only very few print-servers around that will pass on the full functionality of attached multifunction-printers. Usually the best thing is to get a printer that already has a built NIC/Wireless NIC. Those usually include software that allow all functions to be used across the LAN, but here you'd have to make sure that a Linux software version is included. Often they only have Windows/MAC tools included, and with Linux your left with printing only using a generic driver.

I don't think your issue has anything to do with the Linux version installed, it's probably more likely some windows issue. Maybe you have to play around with the settings in the printer driver (print engines etc).
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a) Just checking the specs., yes it requires each Windows/MAC PC to have software installed to communicate with it (unlike a true print server), so guess thats a no-no
b)Thats what I'm trying to achieve. I appreciate the scanning is restricted to the PC it is plugged into. It's a shame really as I'm finding Fedora more stable and quicker on my aged laptop.

I'll keep trying with generic HP drivers and see how I get on..Thanks for the suggestions.
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I have concluded that the HP USB wireless print server is incompatible with Fedora and a USB switch box and cables is working between the laptop and PC. However an old HP laserjet is installed on the XP box and shared and the laptop running Fedora prints happily to it across the network, so again, the different OS's aren't the issue as suggested previously.
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