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sidux host win 2000 guest can't print to hpdeskjet on ltp1

Postby arjay » 1. Sep 2009, 17:16

Hi all. First-time user of VirtualBox 3.04 OSE. I have a win2000Pro guest running on Sidux Linux host. My printer is an HP Deskjet 840C connected to lpt1.

The problem is that any attempt to print a test page either just sits in the queue or returns the error "printer out of paper". Printing from a command prompt (e.g. dir > ltp1) does nothing. The printer works fine if I print from the host.

What I have done:

1. searched the forums direct and via google. Did not turn up much except it appears there is limited support for parallel printing (?) Apologies if there is more and I did not find it. Read the manual from cover to cover (well almost) but did not find anything

2. I installed the correct win 2000/XP drivers for this printer - which work OK on a win 2000 box direct.

3. Did a PrintTest from the printer itself - OK

4. Changed the printer cable - no difference

5. Checked device manager and the port shows up ok without any sign of errors.

6. Tried a couple of things I found in a VMWare post (and IIRC a post on VB on too) where it is suggested that the host can "hog" the port. So I:

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rmmod lp
chmod 666 /dev/parport0
modprobe ppdev


then shutdown the win2000 VM, rebooted VB and restarted the VM. Still not able to print anything.

7. Checked lsmod - ppdev, parport and parport_pc are present

8. Downloaded and ran lpt.exe from http://neil.fraser.name/software/lpt/ which ran OK and gave a screenshot of lpt1 with nearly all data bit boxes checked and no obvious errors. Not sure what else it tells me :?

Have run out of things to try at my stage of understanding.

Any help appreciated.

RJ
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Re: sidux host win 2000 guest can't print to hpdeskjet on ltp1

Postby arjay » 4. Sep 2009, 18:35

Just to update folks. I have given up on Virtualbox. I can't get it to print to an lpt printer and I can't get usb to work either - both with a win 2000 guest on a Linux host.

I presume some people must be able to print in these conditions or there would not be many takers for VB!

I believe that using the other version of VB - PUEL rather than OSE would help, but sidux is a fast moving distro and they supply OSE out of the box. Anything else and you spend your life updating, patching and even compiling.

I have found an old PC that runs Win 2000 just fine and have slipped it into my network. I also tried vmware server in Kubuntu on another PC and that worked straight off (though a lot more over-head and more effort in setting up). So two solutions.

Good luck to anyone else but sorry I have no solution to the lpt problem
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VBox Version: OSE Debian
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