Printer sharing to XP printer won't work

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Kirsten, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. Kirsten

    Kirsten Guest

    At the risk of repeating many posts that I have read on many newsgroups I am
    going to try. I have an XP machine with a Dell 962 printer attached to it.
    The XP machine is wirelessly connected to a lynksys wireless router. This
    router is connected to the new Vista machine. I believe that I have put all
    of the patches on the XP machine that I have read about. I have made sure (I
    think) that the XP print drivers are not on the Vista machine. I have
    downloaded the vista drivers for the printer. The network is shared. I can
    view files and see the printer from the vista machine on the xp machine. I
    actually hooked the printer up to the vista machine and installed it with the
    vista print drivers locally. Then I unhooked it and hooked it back up to the
    XP machine. Then I changed the port on the vista machine to \\name of xp
    machine\name of printer. Everything looks like it should work. The printer
    says online and ready. Then when I try to print a test page I get a peer to
    peer message that says communication is not available. I don't know what
    else to do! Yes, I think I have checked fire walls and virus software and
    everything else. Please help! Although from what I've seen I'm just not
    sure it can be done.

    TIA,
    Kirsten
     
    Kirsten, Jul 8, 2007
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  2. You may try to install Vista printer driver in the XP computer. or these posts may help,

    Vista: Cannot connect to the printer, access denied
    Vista: cannot connect to the printer - error 0x000003e3
    http://www.chicagotech.net/netforums/viewforum.php?f=1

    Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on http://www.ChicagoTech.net
    How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on http://www.HowToNetworking.com
    At the risk of repeating many posts that I have read on many newsgroups I am
    going to try. I have an XP machine with a Dell 962 printer attached to it.
    The XP machine is wirelessly connected to a lynksys wireless router. This
    router is connected to the new Vista machine. I believe that I have put all
    of the patches on the XP machine that I have read about. I have made sure (I
    think) that the XP print drivers are not on the Vista machine. I have
    downloaded the vista drivers for the printer. The network is shared. I can
    view files and see the printer from the vista machine on the xp machine. I
    actually hooked the printer up to the vista machine and installed it with the
    vista print drivers locally. Then I unhooked it and hooked it back up to the
    XP machine. Then I changed the port on the vista machine to \\name of xp
    machine\name of printer. Everything looks like it should work. The printer
    says online and ready. Then when I try to print a test page I get a peer to
    peer message that says communication is not available. I don't know what
    else to do! Yes, I think I have checked fire walls and virus software and
    everything else. Please help! Although from what I've seen I'm just not
    sure it can be done.

    TIA,
    Kirsten
     
    Robert L [MVP - Networking], Jul 9, 2007
    #2
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  3. Kirsten

    Kirsten Guest

    I tried installing the vista driver on the xp machine and spent the next hour
    trying to get my printer working again. The printer on the xp machine was
    working until I did that. Are you sure my xp machine can take the vista
    drivers? Should I have installed it as another printer? Should I choose
    install as local or network? I also tried the disable bidirectional support
    and I got a message saying I need to enable bidirectional support for it to
    work. So no help there. I am so ready to give up. Any more ideas? Thanks.
     
    Kirsten, Jul 9, 2007
    #3
  4. In this case, try to add local printer as mentioned in the link.

    Bob Lin, MS-MVP, MCSE & CNE
    Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on http://www.ChicagoTech.net
    How to Setup Windows, Network, VPN & Remote Access on http://www.HowToNetworking.com
    I tried installing the vista driver on the xp machine and spent the next hour
    trying to get my printer working again. The printer on the xp machine was
    working until I did that. Are you sure my xp machine can take the vista
    drivers? Should I have installed it as another printer? Should I choose
    install as local or network? I also tried the disable bidirectional support
    and I got a message saying I need to enable bidirectional support for it to
    work. So no help there. I am so ready to give up. Any more ideas? Thanks.
     
    Robert L [MVP - Networking], Jul 10, 2007
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