[K12OSN] Very frustrating!

Rob Owens rowens at ptd.net
Fri Jan 30 14:16:56 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 01:22:23AM -0500, Joseph Bishay wrote:
> Hello,
> So I have a feeling that there's some sort of evil force trying to
> prevent me from getting this lab off the ground.
> My latest trouble has to do with trying to get a printer working.  I
> had it working once when I was using K12LTSP 5 (based on FC with LTSP
> 4.2) but now that I've upgraded to EL5 nothing is really working.
> Here's the skinny:
> 1) Printer is USB HP Laserjet 1000
> 2) Printer works no problem when directly plugged into the server.
> This isn't feasible because the server is not in the computer lab
> 3) The printer cannot be plugged into a thin client because it does
> not work with JetDirect (as per this site
> http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/fastFaqLiteDocument?lc=en&cc=uk&dlc=en&
> docname=bpj06101).  My printer shows up under "Exceptions and
> unsupported printers", of course.
This applies to Windows only.  This is a "host-based" printer, as HP calls it.  That means (under Windows), it must be attached directly to a computer.  It doesn't support jetdirect natively.  When it gets hooked to an LTSP thin client, it should work though.  I've done it with an HP 1020.

Double-check all your steps.  

1)  Is the thin client listed in lts.conf, and are you specifying in that file that it has a usb printer attached?

2)  Does the thin client have a static IP address?

3)  Have you rebooted the thin client after making the above changes/settings?

4)  Have you configured a jetdirect printer in cups which points to the IP address or hostname of the correct thin client?  Did you specify HP Laserjet 1000 as the printer?

There are probably some things I'm missing here.  Everybody, feel free to add to my list.


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