[sf-lug] need help with ubuntu computer and hp laserjet 5 M
rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Nov 20 16:25:43 PST 2009
Quoting jim (jim at well.com):
> person has a computer running ubuntu 9.04 as
> well as a computer running windows xp and a hp
> laserjet 5M that is connected directly to a third
> computer running windows xp but is unusably slow.
> i want to disable the unusably slow computer and
> have the person use the ubuntu computer primarily
> (have already transferred contacts from old slow
> windows computer to ubuntu computer and have
> configured evolution to do email, which works).
> the problem is that the person continues to use
> windows because of the printer.
> HOW TO GET THE HP LASERJET 5 M PRINTER TO BE
> VISIBLE ON THE LAN?
> HOW TO CONNECT THE HP LASERJET 5 M PRINTER TO
> THE UBUNTU MACHINE AND GET THE WINDOWS COMPUTER
> TO PRINT THROUGH THE UBUNTU MACHINE?
Jim, here's what I'd do:
The LaserJet 5M has an onboard ethernet port. I see people ignoring
those ports all the time and going for slaving the printer off a
workstation's USB port, for not better reason than their thinking they
unserstand workstations and USB, but not understanding networks. This
is tragic when the printer is a fully network-capable device natively,
as most HP printers are.
1. I would detach the printer from the workstation, and put it on the
LAN. I would configure the printer to have a suitable static IP
address, and configure both lpr (Unix) printing and SMB (MS-Windows)
print services in the printer setup. Consult HP docs for how to do
printer setup, but traditionally one could either telnet into the
printer or use (proprietary) JetAdmin software. I hear that recent
HP printers also have administration via Web browser.
Note that SMB services are not strictly necessary: MS-Windows machines
can print to lpr printers. However, client configuration for that
is a bit obscure, and also lpr devices don't show up in Network
Neighbourhood as browseable objects.
2. Configure the Ubuntu machine's CUPS (localhost:631) admin pages to
print to the printer's IP as an lpr printer. Print a test page.
3. Configure MS-Windows to print to the printer as a native-Windows SMB
printer. Print a test page.
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