Problem Adding a Network Printer Under Windows 7 on a Samba Share

Ah, Windows.  It still has it’s old, quirky, you-just-can’t-wait-for-MicroSoft-to-go-out-of-business charm.

But seriously, if you are having trouble adding a printer on a Samba share on a Linux host try the following:

  • After you authenticate to the Samba share, make sure that you actually open up a window displaying the contents of the home directory.  For some reason, just authenticating to the Samba share will not get you access to the Samba servers list of shared printers.
  • If the searching for printers window hangs without displaying the Samba share’s printers, hit the cancel button, close the window and try it again.

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