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I tried to use a printer that is shared by a Windows PC. When I try to Mandrive Control Center > Hardware > Set up printer, the window opens but there is no content. Only a window. Seems that system-config-printer package is not installed. I try to open Software Management > Look at instalable ... and select All search by name system-config-printer but the search returns nothing.

What should I do next to be able to use the printer?

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It might help to know the Make and Model of the Printer. Some are compatible with Linux. Some are not... –  arochester Nov 22 '12 at 14:54
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System-config-printer began being used in later versions of Mandriva. Back in the 2007 version of Mandrake/Mandriva, you would have to use PrinterDrake to set up your printer and/or use Samba to share the printer out to your Windows clients.

Also, as the unknown user pointed out, cups should be installed and set up properly as well.

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I don't use or know mandriva, but if it is similar to other Linux flavours, you could try it via html in the browser.

Is cupsd up and running?

http://localhost:631/admin

should be a way to configure cups. Normally you have to have permissions to use cups in the webinterface. Maybe modifications in /etc/cups/*conf are necessary, and possible problems are reported in /var/log/cups/*.

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