printer sharing with xp machine

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Printing / Faxing / Scanning' 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.

    Kirsten, Jul 8, 2007
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  2. Kirsten

    Bob J Guest

    Assuming all other setting/connections are correct.
    Install the Vista Driver for you printer on both PCs (Vista&XP)!!!!
    On the PC without to printer attached, select > Do not share this printer.
    Bob J, Jul 9, 2007
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  3. Kirsten

    Kirsten Guest

    I did and my printer stopped working on my xp machine and I had to spend the
    next hour getting it working again! Should it be installed as another
    printer? Should I have chosen network or local install. Are you sure my xp
    machine will like the vista drivers because it sure didn't seem like it. The
    printer icon was still showing but when I tried to print a test page it said
    the drivers weren't installed. Ideas? Thanks.
    Kirsten, Jul 9, 2007
  4. Kirsten

    Bob J Guest

    Bob J, Jul 10, 2007
  5. Kirsten

    Kirsten Guest

    Yes, I found that link weeks ago and followed all of the steps. That is how
    I got network sharing working. The XP machine is running Norton AV and the
    Vista machine is running live onecare.
    Kirsten, Jul 10, 2007
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