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I have Windows7 on one machine. Ubuntu 12.10 on another. I have a printer connected to the Windows7 machine. Basic network home lan setup. The brother printer works fine on windows 7. I setup "share printer" on the windows7 machine. And I want to be able to print from the Ubuntu machine.

On Ubuntu: If I select "New Printer" from the system settings and then Network Printer and the Windows Printer Via SAMBA, I can't find the Windows7 printer. I can find the machine but not the printer.

I even try to manually enter in: smb://workgroup/server/brotherprinter and that still won't work in terms of printing.

When I see the "smb browser", I see the workgroup but not the printer. The screen just hangs trying to refresh the devices. ...

What can I do to print to that printer?

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What is your printer name and model? Do you able to share file between ubuntu and windows 7 via samba? –  jahid65 Feb 21 '13 at 0:50
    
Brother 2040. It hasn't even gotten that far. The shared printer shows up in the network folder under Windows7. Just can't see it from Ubuntu. Maybe I should try to connect to a folder from ubuntu first. –  Berlin Brown Feb 21 '13 at 1:09
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Basically it. I figured it out and there are little things you don't think about. I thought Ubuntu was detecting the ip of the windows machine but it wasn't. It was listed in the browsing network but I guess that is meaningless. I went ahead and just added the ip address of the windows machine to the /etc/hosts file. I also had to use an upper-case hostname. After doing that, I could find the printer on the network through the "add network printer steps", I entered credentials and everything worked fine. Also, I went ahead and used a printer name without spaces. –  Berlin Brown Feb 21 '13 at 1:39
    
Glad to hear that it works. :) –  jahid65 Feb 21 '13 at 2:34
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