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  1. #1
    Scott Swinyard NNTP User

    Default Virtual Machines


    I don't know exactly where to start but I will try to keep this a simple
    as I can.

    I have a printer that does not have a driver for Linux. I am wondering
    if it is possible to set up a virtual machine running Windows in Linux
    to enable me to run my printer. Will I be able to access the printer
    from within Linux?

    I know nothing about virtual machines, but I have a installation of XP
    on my other drive which has the printer drivers installed.

    Can I use that or do I need to create some sort of new Windows
    installation?


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    eliaschr NNTP User

    Default Re: Virtual Machines


    Actually, I have installed VMWare Workstation 6.5 on my laptop and
    installed Windows XP in it. Whenever I plug in a USB device that is not
    recognised by Linux, the virtual machine can use it at once. If the
    device is already used by Linux then a small message box appears saying
    the device will be disconnected from Linux and be connected to the
    virtual machine. So it works!. The only problem is when this device is a
    printer that CAN BE USED by Linux. Then things are a little bit strange
    but that is not your case. So I believe it will work.


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  3. #3
    PeeGee NNTP User

    Default Re: Virtual Machines

    Scott Swinyard wrote:
    > I don't know exactly where to start but I will try to keep this a simple
    > as I can.
    >
    > I have a printer that does not have a driver for Linux. I am wondering
    > if it is possible to set up a virtual machine running Windows in Linux
    > to enable me to run my printer. Will I be able to access the printer
    > from within Linux?
    >
    > I know nothing about virtual machines, but I have a installation of XP
    > on my other drive which has the printer drivers installed.
    >
    > Can I use that or do I need to create some sort of new Windows
    > installation?
    >
    >


    Have you looked at Turboprint?
    http://www.turboprint.info/
    It is "pay for", but has "try before you buy" and covers a wide range of
    printers.

    At the moment, I run Windows XP under VirtualBox to print at other than
    600dpi on my Canon (plus other features), though I do have the same apps
    in both and load/print in WinXP. I will probably pay for Turboprint in
    the near future, as I rarely use WinXP for anything now.

    VB has a howto for moving a system into a VM, but I failed to get it to
    work - that's probably me, though - and I was happy to do a clean install.

    Not experienced with Linux, so cannot help with the "filter" and/or
    Samba processes to do what you want :-(

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    Asus M2NPV-VM, AMD 64X2 3800+, openSuSE 10.3 x86-64/XP Home dual boot

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    JosipBroz NNTP User

    Default Re: Virtual Machines


    In my virtualized copy of WinXP, running inside qemu, there is a shared
    printer under "Network Shares" -- the only problem is I currently have
    no printer to test it with so I could be more specific ...


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