ubuntu-users Digest, Vol 42, Issue 138

Alain Muls alain.muls at telenet.be
Thu Feb 14 09:36:31 UTC 2008

ubuntu-users-request at lists.ubuntu.com wrote:
> Message: 4
> Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 01:22:35 +0100
> From: Gerald Dachs <ubuntu at dachsweb.de>
> Subject: Re: Printer invisible thru USB-switch
> To: ubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com
> Message-ID: <20080214012235.7e45f303 at master>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII
> Am Thu, 14 Feb 2008 00:12:38 +0100
> schrieb Tom Rausner <tom at rausner.dk>:
>> Hey there !
>> I'm not new to Linux or even to Ubuntu but I've got a problem I can't
>> handle. My whife and I have been using different printers until now,
>> for technical reasons, but from now on we are going to use the same
>> printer. To make things easy I've invested in a USB-switch to make it
>> possible to switch on to the printer when ever one of us want to.
>> Just to make it tricky my whife is a windows-user and I'm a dedicated
>> Ubuntu fan. So I went and got a "ATEN US-401 USB-SWITCH". Windows
>> handles it fine (it's a windows thing) BUT Ubuntu can't see the
>> printer thru the switch and nothing I do seems to make any
>> difference. Is there a way round the problem or have I just waisted
>> my money ?
> Sorry to say, but yes. You should have bought something like this:
> http://www.netgear.com/Products/PrintServers/WiredPrintServers/PS121.aspx
> With a print server there is no need to switch, you could use the
> printer from all computers inside your local network.
> Gerald

I just had the same problem, selecting USB gave a usb://unknown for the URI.
I use kubuntu and in stead of selecting a local printer to add, I 
selected the option "other printer". In this list I found the printer 
USB port present and went on to install the printer


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