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Hello I am new to Ubuntu I had it for a month or two.

I am mad about figuring out a print server trying to send the print jobs that are coming to my print server to the windows XP machine by the network.

Can some one please help? I am a novice Ubuntu user.

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Please be a little more clear? do you have the printer attached to the ubuntu machine or the Windows XP machine? – tinhed Apr 14 '11 at 9:43
I have the printer hocked up to my xp and all the print pages go to my ubuntu and i want to send all of those print jobs to the xp – Kid XD Apr 14 '11 at 20:31
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You can install the printer by using a simple procedure with the System/Administration/Printing exactly as you do in a Windows XP printer, but you can find several issues when trying to print to a certain type/model of printers. Which will get your Windows XP printing service stuck.

You can override this behavior by disabling bi-directional printing in the Windows XP printer's preferences.

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Good luck!

Note: If this don't fit your needs please just ask and I will delete it. Thank you!


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@Geppettvs D' Constanzo ok i will try that – Kid XD Apr 14 '11 at 20:16
how do i disable bi-directional on the xp? – Kid XD Apr 14 '11 at 20:40
New image added. In USB's check the Spool Settings details. – Geppettvs D'Constanzo Apr 14 '11 at 22:02
ok thanks for that i'll try – Kid XD Apr 15 '11 at 1:38
do i have to connect the printer to the xp machine to add it to ubuntu? – Kid XD Apr 15 '11 at 20:57

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