USB printing from Solaris
By christophersaul on Jun 12, 2005
I'm testing out USB printing from printers attached locally to Sun Rays in our iForce Centre tomorrow, so this evening I decided to give things a go using my laptop with Solaris 10, connected directly to an Epson Stylus 870 connected via USB. If it works when directly attached, it'll work with a Sun Ray, so I thought that some pre-testing would save me some time. How things have changed... If you have the latest version of Solaris 9 or 10, you just run the printmgr command and fill in the details. My printer happened to be on port /dev/printers/1 and the Epson ppd file comes with Solaris, so no need for CUPS. I selected the printer make and version and everything appears to print fine. The only issue is that I can't print in black, which is obviously a bit of a problem. Since printing in colour works perfectly however, I suspect this is something to do with the printer rather than with Solaris. The printer was shipped to Dubai nearly three years ago and has sat in a cupboard ever since, so may need some TLC to get working properly again. I'll post later about how I get on printing from Solaris to Sun Ray and from Windows to Solaris to Sun Ray. Update: The printer's been on for about 30 mins now and printing black now works fine - result!