Unable to print from Vista laptop to XP Networked printer

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by kblehman, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. kblehman

    kblehman Guest

    I have a wireless network in my home. I'm using a Linksys WRT160N route
    for the network, which is hosted off a tower PC running XP. The XP P
    has an HP 7760 printer connected to it and it is shared

    Prior to my recent router upgrade I was using Network Magic for th
    network interface and I was able to print to the HP 7760 from my Vist
    laptop. But since I upgraded to the Linksys router I cannot print -- o
    even connect to -- the HP7760

    I've tried everything, including some advice from a thread or two i
    this forum but no luck. I'm about ready to pull my hair out

    Why can't I find the HP7760 on the network from my Vista laptop? Can
    connec the HP7760 directly to the router and share it that way?

    Help! Can someone please help me figure this out before I go nuts?
    kblehman, Nov 7, 2008
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  3. kblehman

    Grand_Poobah Guest

    You didn't say, but is your laptop a 64-bit version of Vista? Mine was
    and I had the same problem you did until I went to the Canon site and
    got 64-bit drivers for the networked printer. Even though the printer
    was on a 32-bit XP machine (and shared) I still needed the 64-bit
    drivers to connect. You start an install as if the printer was local,
    but then tell the installer that the printer is networked and, when you
    get to the panel that asks you to find the printer on the network, there
    it is.

    I think that HP probably may also have 64-bit drivers for your printer.


    Grand_Poobah, Nov 7, 2008
  4. kblehman

    Grand_Poobah Guest

    Did any of our suggestions work?


    Grand_Poobah, Nov 8, 2008
  5. kblehman

    kblehman Guest

    Thanks guys
    I tried creating a local port on the laptop wit
    "//networkpcname/printername" as the path, but I got an error ms
    stating the path could not be found. (FWIW, the XP PC name = KBLTOWE
    and the HP printer's shared name on the XP PC = HP7760, so I use

    I also tried creating a port using the XP IP address but that didn'
    work either. The printer is added but with an error. To top it off, I'
    now unable to delete that assigned printer.

    The Vista version I'm using on my laptop is Home Premium SP1, which i
    a 32-bit OS, so the 64-bit driver shouldn't be the issue

    This is really starting to tick me off... :
    kblehman, Nov 9, 2008
  6. kblehman

    Grand_Poobah Guest

    You're right about the 64-bit drivers then. If you still have the
    driver install disk for the printer, try using it on the Vista machine
    as if the printer was installed locally. Then, when the wizard asks you
    to "locate the printer" (if it does, that is), point it to the other
    machine. Sometimes manually entering "//networkpcname/printername"
    doesn't work properly.

    Grand_Poobah, Nov 9, 2008
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