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Friday, 9 December 2005

Linux... printers and disaster prevention(!) [techie]

Yay! I finally managed to get the printers to work. It turns out - after a bit of googling - that the Linux hardware autodetection tool called kudzu was grabbing hold of the laser printer and not allowing it out to play. It's been turned off now.

Setting Linux to allow printing from Windows was very straightforward - I followed the instructions on the Samba website, and shortly after bedtime (ahem!) I'd been able to install printers on all the PCs in the house. Yay!

The colour printer, although it's working fine in itself, is causing me a few problems, though; well, it's more like the way my server interacts with the USB hub; it behaves itself when there's nothing plugged-in, but as soon as the printer is plugged-in, the lights go haywire, and lots of rather unpleasant messages appear on the screen. I'm hoping this isn't the case with the USB drives that are hopefully arriving over the weekend...

Speaking of which - I've been looking into system recovery, just in case the worst happens (or I finally get round to buying a quiet hard drive!)

I'm definitely intending to do regular full system backups - especially when the new drives are in and working, so that I can put things back together quickly in case I need to carry out a full re-install of Linux (I wonder if I'll go for Ubuntu in that event...? I've ordered five free CDs - please email me if you'd like one.)

Anyhow, I found a great article on creating a restore CD, using what would appear to be a handy application called mkcdrec.

Enough of my rambling... I guess I'm only going on about it because this annoying webserver has been somewhat all-pervasive of late!

Posted by james at December 9, 2005 10:47 AM

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