Windows 7 can easily use Informatics printers by editing the host file.

First, run Notepad (or a better text editor) as an Administrator - you can hit Windows Key, type 'Notepad', right-click and 'Run as Administrator'.

Open file 'hosts' from location 'C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc'. It may be hidden, but it's there.

Add the lines:

# CUPS printer config

129.215.202.47 infcups.inf.ed.ac.uk

Now save that file in Notepad. Hit Start > Devices and Printers > Add Printer. Then Search Network, hit 'Stop', click 'Printer isn't listed' below, then select add shared printer and enter a URL of the form:

http://infcups.inf.ed.ac.uk:631/printers/if237m0

...where the printer name 'if237m0' is substituted with the printername you want (list can be found by browsing http://infcups.inf.ed.ac.uk:631/printers/). A driver may be required, you can pick this given the printer model number, again from http://infcups.inf.ed.ac.uk:631/printers/

You should now be able to print. Repeat for other printers if you want access to several.

Notes:

Instructions adapted from those at http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/slackware-14/printing-to-a-cups-printer-from-windows-7-a-853335/

The address added to the hosts file was determined in Aug 2011 by pinging infcups.inf.ed.ac.uk, you might want to check it is still correct if it doesn't work.

Please update this wiki if you know better.

-- Main.s0452993 - 01 Aug 2011

Topic revision: r1 - 01 Aug 2011 - 12:39:52 - Main.s0452993
 
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