Cannot connect to printer...

Kiffin Gish kiffin.gish at
Sat Jan 22 07:39:57 PST 2005

Like I said, this is just my laptop connected to a printer via the parallel

Nothing to do with Windows, Samba nor a web server.

I'll be happy enough if I can get the basics up and running.

Kiffin Gish
Gouda, The Netherlands
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Colin J. Raven" <colin at>
To: "Kiffin Gish" <kiffin.gish at>
Cc: <freebsd-questions at>
Sent: Saturday, January 22, 2005 13:23
Subject: Re: Cannot connect to printer...

> On Jan 22 at 12:27, Kiffin Gish launched this into the bitstream:
> > I have read the manual carefully, looked in the forums and tried
> > but for the life of me I just cannot get my printer to work under
> >
> > Actually my setup is nothing complicated or so you would think. I have
an HP
> > Deskjet 720C connected to my parallel printer port. It workes just fine
> > under Windows so I know that the hardware, cables etc. are fine.
> >
> > Does anyone have any suggestions?
> Well, I'm a newbie myself, but...
> I think some more details might be helpful:
> Are you sharing (or intending to share) your printers amongst Windows
> clients? If so, Samba is necessary, as is swat. (uncomment the swat line
> in inetd.conf) also you may (or may not since apprently this is a hot
> issue) may wish to use Cups.
> You could also manage much of this process from within Webmin if you
> have it installed - it's a great tool, I wouldn't be without it. I don't
> say webmin is a substitute for the command line, but a terrific adjunct
> to it. /usr/ports/sysutils/webmin takes your right to it. Getting samba
> up and running is fairly trivial if you do it all (or mostly) from
> webmin, also webmin has a swat interface!!
> Concerning the specific printer model, well I just don't know. You would
> have to do some reading on the CUPS help page.
> If you do want to use cups, cupsd has to be running.
> At that point you can play with some cups
> settings on the web based admin page (see below). I suggest starting
> with webmin first and enable stuff from there onwards in stages.
> Localhost URL's for various www-based admin interfaces:
> Webmin (unless you configure it differently) defaults to:
> http://localhost:10000
> or, if you have SSL up and running at
> https://localhost:10000
> Swat ([S]amba [W]eb [A]dministration [T]ool) - once enabled - is
> available at:http://localhost:901
> CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) is available at:
> http://localhost:631
> Ports you may care to install:
> Webmin: /usr/ports/sysutils/webmin
> Samba:  /usr/ports/net/samba3
> These are some suggestions only, and obviously predicated on the
> assumption you want to enable printing via Samba/CUPS. Should you wish
> to approach the matter from a Unix-only perspective, YMMV.
> Good Luck!
> Regards & HTH,
> -Colin
> --
> Colin J. Raven
> FreeBSD 5.3-RELEASE - - There can be only One
> Sat Jan 22 13:21:00 CET 2005
>   1:21PM  up 2 days,  2:11, 5 users, load averages: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00

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