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This one has driven me nuts for several years, and it happens, without fail, every time I set up a new machine on my small network here at my office.
The deal is this:
- Server running Mandriva Linux with Samba
- Printer connected to Linux server and using CUPS
- Server connected to network
- Workstations connected to CUPS printer via windows printer sharing a la Samba
- Open MS Word
- Open or create a document
- Enter the printing process
- Realize you'll be waiting for a while
- Notice Word says "Connecting to printer. Press (Esc) to cancel"
Apparently there's some problem with bad registry entries in Win XP or something that causes this to happen. Based on the symptoms, I'd say the bug rears its ugly head when the OS tries to connect to the printer and say hello via the network. Anyway, I've bookmarked my favorite solution, and it goes like this:
- Click "Start"
- Click "Run"
- Type "regedit"
- Click "OK"
- Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USERPrintersConnections
- Delete the thing that says "DeviceOld = REG_SZ"
- Now delete everything else in there:
For more info, here's the site where I found these instructions long ago: edoceo.com (CUPS printing...)