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    opensuse121 NNTP User

    Default How can I take print in VirtualBox

    Hello,

    The printer is not functioning is the guest distribution *buntu, how to make it work?

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    Default Re: How can I take print in VirtualBox

    What kind of printer? USB? Did you install the Oracle extension pack that allows the guest to use the host's USB port?

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    opensuse121 NNTP User

    Default Re: How can I take print in VirtualBox

    Yes I installed the extension pack also, I followed this post entirely. The printer is old Samsung printer. And it is connect to the pc (opensuse 11.4) from the back side of the cpu, surely is usb printer.

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    Default Re: How can I take print in VirtualBox

    There's a little icon in the bottom right of the screen (in Virtualbox) showing active USB devices. Does the printer show up there?
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    Default Re: How can I take print in VirtualBox

    On 12/23/2011 07:06 AM, gminnerup wrote:
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    > There's a little icon in the bottom right of the screen (in Virtualbox)
    > showing active USB devices. Does the printer show up there?


    USB devices cannot be shared between the host and the guest. Once you tell VB to
    capture it, it is no longer available to the host. I doubt that you want this.

    I think you need to set up printer sharing in the host using YaST. My only
    printer has a network interface, thus I do not need to do this, and have no
    experience.


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    opensuse121 NNTP User

    Default Re: How can I take print in VirtualBox

    Not its not showing, however, I can successfully take prints in the opensuse 11.4. This view.

    Apart from it, can I also delete the icon of the guest addition cd (which comes after starting the guest *buntu, in its own desktop)? {I installed guest addition for vitualbox for *buntu}.

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    Default Re: How can I take print in VirtualBox

    Quote Originally Posted by lwfinger View Post
    On 12/23/2011 07:06 AM, gminnerup wrote:
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    > There's a little icon in the bottom right of the screen (in Virtualbox)
    > showing active USB devices. Does the printer show up there?


    USB devices cannot be shared between the host and the guest. Once you tell VB to
    capture it, it is no longer available to the host. I doubt that you want this.
    I no longer have a USB printer (well I still have it but it's now connected via Ethernet) so I'm going on memory here but yes, you do have to activate it by ticking the box in the location I mentioned above and that disables it in the host. But then again, once VB is closed control of the printer is returned to the host. I never found that a problem as I rarely need to print from both host and guest in the same session.
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    Default Re: How can I take print in VirtualBox

    Quote Originally Posted by opensuse121 View Post
    Not its not showing, however, I can successfully take prints in the opensuse 11.4. This view.
    Sharing the printer from the host, as per lwfinger's suggestion, is one option. But as I suggested in my reply to him, it is possible to have a USB printer installed in both host and guest even though you'll probably be unable to use it from both in the same session. Have you tried installing it in the normal way in Ubuntu, and what happens when you do?
    Günter

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    Default Re: How can I take print in VirtualBox

    In fact Ubuntu doesn't detect it at all! It show there is no printer connected!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lwfinger View Post
    USB devices cannot be shared between the host and the guest. Once you tell VB to
    capture it, it is no longer available to the host. I doubt that you want this.

    I think you need to set up printer sharing in the host using YaST. My only
    printer has a network interface, thus I do not need to do this, and have no
    experience.
    Well, that is okay it cannot be shared simultaneously but even after capturing it is not at all detected by the guest distribution, even if not available to host. To make it unavailable to host, should I manually achieve this using Yast or it automatically happens that the host is disconnected from the printer once the guest is started, however, no printer was connected in my case.

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