Printer Sharing - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Software > Microsoft Windows and Software
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-12-2008, 02:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Vero Beach, FL
Posts: 205
Send a message via AIM to RadRacer
Default Printer Sharing

I have a Toshiba Laptop running Vista, and a Sony Vaio desktop running XP Home. I just got a Kodak 5300 AiO printer, and hooked it upto the desktop, thinking I could share it over my home network to my laptop. But, my laptop doesn't detect it? The drivers are the same for XP and Vista; I enabled printer sharing; they both have unique networks names; both computers are on the same network. I got on the laptop, went to the printers folder, and clicked "Add Printer." The box popped up, I hit Wireless/network/bluetooth, and then it went into search mode. It can't seem to find the printer though. I have restarted the desktop, thinking it may need it after setting the printer to shared. Still shows up on the desktop as being shared, yet the Laptop can't find it. Suggestions?
__________________

__________________
Old Specs:
Intel Celeron D 2.8Ghz
1G RAM
80G Seagate Baracuda 7200.7
GeForce FX5500 (PCI) OCed to 300/500
am I missing anything?

^DEAD^

Now: Toshiba Sattelite L35-S2161 running Ubuntu :)
RadRacer is offline  
Old 01-14-2008, 04:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
Junior Techie
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 62
Send a message via MSN to countrydude
Default Re: Printer Sharing

I don't know much about this but I have shared a printer before.

You enabled printer sharing in the network but did you go into the control panel and actually click to share this printer thats installed on your xp machine?

A little thing that got me was that my comps were not even connected cause of my firewall.

Is the printer a wireless printer thats connected to your xp machine?

My guess is that once you have connected your printer to the xp machine and started sharing it then on your laptop you should be able to find it without searching for a bluetooth device. when you click "add printer".

Maybe im wrong.....but thats my guess. Hope you figure it out.

Craig
__________________

__________________
My Personal Site CraigSite.ca
My current specs
-Power Color HD 4850 512MB
-MSI K8N platinum SLI Mobo
-2x1GB Generic DDR RAM
-250GB OS, 1TB Raid-Z, 1TB Backup
-Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Socket 939 oc'ed to 2.8Ghz
countrydude is offline  
Old 01-14-2008, 04:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 337
Send a message via AIM to shdwsclan
Default Re: Printer Sharing

On, the host computer, make sure you have printer sharing properly set up.

Printer and File Sharing has to be correctly set up.

Make sure both computers are part of the same workgroup, such as HOME. It is recommended that you choose a unique name for your workgroup though.

Make sure the printer in the host computer is actually being shared.
Go into the printer properties, and under the sharing tab, make sure "share this printer" is checked.

In the client computer make sure its set to home network. Vista like to set up its firewall to the network detected, such as home, work and public.

A bi-directional print server would solve the problem. Unfortunately, they are rare, and expensive. The NSLU2 would do the trick, as it does in my case, but require true computer knowledge, like the kind you get when you finish you CS degree....
shdwsclan is offline  
Old 01-15-2008, 02:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
Junior Techie
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 62
Send a message via MSN to countrydude
Default Re: Printer Sharing

well i'm working on that CS degree right now : )
__________________
My Personal Site CraigSite.ca
My current specs
-Power Color HD 4850 512MB
-MSI K8N platinum SLI Mobo
-2x1GB Generic DDR RAM
-250GB OS, 1TB Raid-Z, 1TB Backup
-Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Socket 939 oc'ed to 2.8Ghz
countrydude is offline  
Old 01-15-2008, 03:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: /usr/root/mn/us
Posts: 1,118
Default Re: Printer Sharing

Easier way to find the printer is just do start --> run
type \\xpcomputername and press enter

Once up, you should see the printer in the shared items list. You may have to authenticate before seeing the list.

Then double click the printer and it should add it to your vista computer.
__________________

Its a frigging Laptop, not a Labtop!!!!
bla!! is offline  
Old 01-17-2008, 01:45 AM   #6 (permalink)
Chillin Techie
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 11,861
Default Re: Printer Sharing

Quote:
Originally Posted by bla!! View Post
Easier way to find the printer is just do start --> run
type \\xpcomputername and press enter

Once up, you should see the printer in the shared items list. You may have to authenticate before seeing the list.

Then double click the printer and it should add it to your vista computer.

I tried that on an xp machine (it seems like a nifty feature), but it didn't work
__________________

__________________
The Ultimate Hard Drive Utility PowerMax 4.23. (It now has the ability to clean a Boot Sector virus on the quick erase option.)
The best browser Netscape 8
Have you accidently delete something? Look here (trial. the better one) and here(free)
EricB is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Password Protect Printer Gizzard1200 Microsoft Windows and Software 2 09-08-2009 06:50 PM
(vista) Sharing printers? akasixcon Microsoft Windows and Software 4 11-12-2007 10:30 PM
Printer Sharing on Network - I can find shared printers in Vista, but not XP!? Chazzer3 Computer Networking and Internet Hardware 1 07-19-2007 11:02 AM
Networking a Printer cikrum Computer Networking and Internet Hardware 4 06-13-2007 02:04 AM
Printer and printer cable Instrumediatech Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting 5 06-12-2007 08:27 AM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:30 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.