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Thread: Can't print through my Win98SE PC

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    Unhappy Can't print through my Win98SE PC

    Just learning SuSE 9. Lots set up OK, and can read files via router on the old Win98SE PC.
    I can't get to be able to print on the Epson printer on the Win PC. The printer is set to share OK, and the Linux PC can see the Win one OK. I've set up the printer on the Linux PC, and it sends OK to the Printer Jobs file, which sticks at saying "processing". It all looks OK AFAIK in Samba.

    Now I am truly at a loss. I did wonder whether Zonealarm firewall on the Win PC might be something to do with the problem, but nothing gives me any diagnostics.

    Please help ! I've wasted tooooooo much valuable time!!

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    Junior Member girlygeek's Avatar
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    It could be ZoneAlarm. Have you tried it with ZA turned off?

    When trying to do this run the command "tail -f /var/log/messages" in a new terminal window on the Linux server and see if there are any interesting errors that show up. You could post them here or do a web search to see if anyone else has had a similar problem.

    Figuring out what the error is will make it a lot easier to solve.

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    Ran the command three times from a command window, and absolutely nothing visible happened.

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    Is you syslog deamon set to log at debug level to /var/log/messages? Check your /etc/syslog.conf file. Let it look like this:

    *.info;mail.none;authpriv.none;cron.none               /var/log/messages
    *.debug                                                 /var/log/messages
    restart syslog and try again.

    service syslog restart
    Did it work with the FW turned off? Is your Linux server running iptables?

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    Unable to save the edited file because it said I didn't have write permission.

    Also, BTW, what is FW ??

    I did notice that in the etc/services file there is a line

    swat 901/tcp # CONFLICT; not official assigned

    Is this relevant ??

    I'm also suspecting now that at l;east part of the problem might be that the Win98 side is still not fully set up correctly.

    Thanks for halp so far.

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    Sorry, FW as in firewall.

    You'll have to do the syslog.conf edits as the root user.

    The /etc/services entry just looks informational, you shouldn't have to worry.

    BTW, do you have "File and Printer sharing" enabled on your Win98SE's interfaces?

    You may also have to enable "Client for Microsoft Networks" too... no, maybe not, the PC is the print server in this case.

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    Spent some more time and got nowhere.

    Linux PC can open and read the Win PC's files OK, but still can't see printers there. The Linux printer manager shows (now) both trial print jobs as "processing", but nothing happens.

    On the Win98 PC File and Printer Sharing is enabled, and the relevant printers show they are set to share OK.

    I've tried both "Windows logon" and "Client for Windows network". The behaviour is the same for both, and Linux PC can see and open the windows files just the same, but can't see any printers.

    I've tried turning off the firewall, with no success; maybe that is being masked by whatever else is set wrongly.

    Back to the Linux PC, I can't seem to find how to stay with root privileges to do the editing you suggested, so have got nowhere with that. When I tried the command "service syslog restart" I got the message "command not recognised". This despite going into administtrator and, I thought, setting root user privilege; maybe I got that wrong!

    The Windows PC stuff appears in
    SMB:/<workgroup_name>/<PC_name>/<list of Windoze directories>/<files>
    which seems OK to me.

    Does this take the troubleshooting any further??
    Last edited by toastrack; 11-27-2006 at 01:55 PM.

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    Back again after a PC hardware repair. I now have Suse 10.2 installed, brand new.

    The two PC's (win98SE and Linux) can see each other but cannot share anything.

    I'm trying to edit smbpasswd, but the editor says it is not accessible. what's wrong? It's size is given as 390, so something's there.

    Also, I cannot now find how to boot up in root- the option is not present. How do I do this now?

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