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Solution to "unable to contact Samba Host, retrying in 60 seconds"
Authored by: krystal on Aug 13, '03 07:57:31AM


I am a Mac dealer in India and many of my clients work in a PC and Mac environment and the first question is about sharing printers on windows machines to Macs.

I have tried Gimp with Ghostscript and it works fine for most printers and machines (on Win 98SE and Win2000 Pro platform.... I did not yet try on other Win platforms)

I did this with about 5 Win machines and faced a problem on one machine which kept giving me an error "unable to connect to Samba host, will try in 60 seconds"

I have been breaking my head on this for a fortnight when by coincidence I stumbled on Apple's knowledge base item which said that this problem occurs because BSD Optional Installs have not been installed on the Mac OS 10.2

In your Jaguar install CD, when you start installing the OS you come to a stage where a dialog asks you to select the Hard Drive, below is an option called option or customise. Click on it and you can uncheck BSD Optional Install...default is checked. If BSD optional install is unchecked and the OS is installed you will not be able to use Gimp Print and you will keep getting this error.

BSD Optional install can be done (If you OS CD is 10.2.3 and you have now updated to 10.2.6, update it again to 10.2.6 after installing BSD Optional Install) by just double clicking Optional BSD Install (there is only one) located in your Cd usually in a folder called Optional Installs.

After that I am sure Gimp Print works like a breeze

Another issue is the syntax. On Win98SE i used

in Win2000Pro I used smb://username:password@workgroup/alphabeticalnameofpc/sharednameoftheprinter

The syntax is also casesensitive. Play safe by keeping everything upper case/lower case if you are not sure.

I hope you will find this useful

I decided to share my experience here because the info here helped me a lot



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