Connecting a Vista laptop to remote printer

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Printing / Faxing / Scanning' started by RayS, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. RayS

    RayS Guest

    I have an HP Photosmart C6180 connected via USB to an XP desktop computer. I
    have other XP laptops set up so they can print to this printer throught their
    wireless connection. However I now have a new Vista laptop and I can't get it
    configured for this printer through it's wireless connection. Here is what
    I've tried:



    1. Go into Control panel/printers on the Vista Laptop and select Add New
    printer. I select Network printer and It finds the printer. I then select HP
    as the manufacturer and it list lots of their printers but not this one. I
    assume the driver was just not included with Vista. This also has a "have
    disk" option but my disk is only for XP and before.



    2. I went to HP's site and downloaded the latest complete Vista driver (159
    meg). I then ran the software install and when it asks for whether it is a
    local or network printer, I pick network. But the driver software can't find
    any network printers even thought Vista could in 1 above.



    3. I went to HP's site and downloaded the latest complete Vista driver (159
    meg) only this time I saved it instead or running it. Then from the Vista
    Laptop and selected Add New printer. I select Network printer and It finds
    the printer. This also has a "have disk" option so I point it to the saved
    download file but it won't accept it. Apparently this is because the
    downloaded file is an exe and the software at that point is looking for in
    ..inf file.



    So how can I get this to work?
     
    RayS, Sep 4, 2009
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  2. Use WinRar to expand the *exe file.......

    Since you did 'install' the *.exe file first, did it tell you where it
    actually installed it? Is there perhaps a directory called HP PhotoSmart?
    Or similar? If so, when it asks for the driver, you can direct it to find
    the *.inf file that it created in that directory.
     
    Cari \(MS-MVP\), Sep 5, 2009
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  3. RayS

    Dave T. Guest

    After downloading the software, you did make sure that the printer was
    NOT connected or turned on, right? This is the recommended procedure
    from HP. Install the driver on your laptop, and when it's done connect
    and turn on the printer and "new hardware discovery" should take place.
    The wiz should then take you through setting up the printer sharing.

    Dave T.
     
    Dave T., Sep 5, 2009
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  4. RayS

    tmwmott Guest

    Try:On laptop use "Add Printer"Add local printerCreate new port- Use \\\<host>\<printer share name>


    Post Originated from http://www.VistaForums.com Vista Support Forums
     
    tmwmott, Sep 15, 2009
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