Wireless Networks Thread, Print Server on ol PC? in Technical; I have a P2 400mhz 64mb 6gb HDD, Compaq Deskpro that i want to use as a print server - ...
29th December 2008, 02:31 PM #1
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Print Server on ol PC?
I have a P2 400mhz 64mb 6gb HDD, Compaq Deskpro that i want to use as a print server - i've tried using XP but i want to be able to display the current jobs on screen for the teacher to see and approve and cancel if necessary...
when i was at college there was an old PC sat in the corner doing this and i would like to emulate it - anyone got any ideas what it could have been? it looked like a DOS or Linux/Unix system but not sure - it was blue and red with white text
Thanks in advance...
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29th December 2008, 03:13 PM #2
I remember a similar sort of thing... Sadly, I don't know what it was either.
Only thing I can remember was that it was some sort of Novell network - maybe it was a NetWare feature?
29th December 2008, 03:15 PM #3
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yes that seems to ring a bell, we had a novell network too... I don't remember anything about it being novell though... was convinced it was a dos program - i was very into programming then and had a look at the hard disk to find out what it was on it - i'm pretty convinced it was DOS based now i think about it!
I've found a linux variant thru google but cant get it to work atm...
30th December 2008, 02:34 PM #4
There are a couple of linux 'appliances' (think install, turn on - work out of the box) installers - try googling 'linux smb server'.
Originally Posted by hotwired007
I would use a custom debian build, but that's purely my preference - any distro can do it.
All said though - for smaller (non enterprise) networks, it may be easier just going with server2k3/2k8, although the licencing is a pain if you don't already have a domain.
I have had issues with some printers when running a linux cups+pykota and drivers - some work fine and some cause problems (such as panasonic photocopier and konica minolta). It can be troubleshooted, but as ever it's a time thing.
It isn't quite where lamp is yet - 4tw.
1st January 2009, 02:40 PM #5
its not free but you could look at this Virtual Release Station
8th January 2009, 10:17 AM #6
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We used to use Win98 PCs (yeah,really) as Print Servers. To get the display up, create a shortcut for the printer from 'Printers and Faxes', and pop it into the Startup folder. Make sure you set the shortcut properties to Maximise the window on startup.
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