Printing from VM

Alan Duval amoht at
Fri Jun 12 07:14:07 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 7:29 PM, Alan Duval<amoht at> wrote:
>> > I have installed Puppy Linux in a VM in VirtualBox and added my printer
>> > but when I try to access the printer nothing happens. The same happens
>> > with WIN XP installed in VirtualBox. How does one access the printer
>> > from VirtualBox?
> The printer needs to be shared on the host machine.
> One quirk with my XP VM: I have to open an Explorer window (not
> Internet Explorer - explorer.exe) in XP, and type \\mymachine in the
> address bar. ?At that point I'm prompted for my user/passwd. ?From
> then on, I can print (and any queued jobs will print). ? I've never
> bothered to track down why XP in the VM forgets my credentials...
> Not sure on Puppy though.
> Chris
> What do I have to do to get my printer to be shared on the host machine?

Assuming that the host is Ubuntu and you are in Gnome:
System->Admin->Printing.  Click on the printer, then check the menu
item Printer->Shared.


I followed the above advice and found that Shared is checked already so 
seems to be a problem in VM.


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