vista & xp on 2 computers, 1 printer- can they share the printer?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Sarah, May 1, 2007.

  1. Sarah

    Sarah Guest

    My home network is 2 computers, one is XP (the one the printer USB is hooked
    up to), the new one is Vista (the one that is connected wirelessly to the
    network). I was able to set up the network and download the driver from
    Lexmark's website but it still won't print. It says it can't communicate, but
    I can see everything (network, printer) on the Vista. I called Lexmark and
    they said that I cannot share a printer if I have 2 different OS and that I
    would need to buy a print server. Is that true or is there another way to do
    it??!! Thanks to anyone that can help me!
     
    Sarah, May 1, 2007
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  2. Sarah

    Sarah Guest

    I can see the xp's files from the vista, but I can't see the vista's files
    from the xp. I think I can fix that, but I still don't know why it won't let
    me print from the vista...

     
    Sarah, May 1, 2007
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  3. Sarah

    Chuck Guest

    Sarah,

    A computer running Windows XP (or any other version of Windows) is capable of
    sharing resources with a computer running Windows Vista. It's possible, though,
    that the Lexmark drivers won't support Vista. Can you share files between the 2
    computers? That's where I would start. Get file sharing, in general, working,
    then work on printer sharing.
    <http://nitecruzr.blogspot.com/2006/12/windows-xp-and-vista-on-lan-together.html>
    http://nitecruzr.blogspot.com/2006/12/windows-xp-and-vista-on-lan-together.html

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    Cheers,
    Chuck, MS-MVP [Windows - Networking]
    http://nitecruzr.blogspot.com/
    Paranoia is not a problem, when it's a normal response from experience.
    My email is AT DOT
    actual address pchuck mvps org.
     
    Chuck, May 1, 2007
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  4. Sarah

    Chuck Guest

    Sarah,

    Network printing works through the same subsystem that file sharing works
    through, but it involves more drivers. Every printer comes with its own set of
    drivers, which are frequently specific to the operating system.

    It's possible that your printer is not compatible with Vista, or that Lexmark
    simply hasn't written Vista drivers for it. That being the case, the Lexmark
    tech support folks want you to host the printer on a print server (a separate
    computer, with its own operating system), and you would print using generic
    drivers.

    It's also possible that they don't know why you are having a problem, and they
    are blowing you off.

    If you believe that the latter might be true, than it is up to you to diagnose
    the problem. That's why I am suggesting that you get file sharing working,
    because file sharing and printer sharing work on top of Windows Networking.
    Printer sharing, when it works, requires additional drivers, which as I state
    above, have to be supplied by Lexmark.

    Do you see the complexities here?

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    Cheers,
    Chuck, MS-MVP [Windows - Networking]
    http://nitecruzr.blogspot.com/
    Paranoia is not a problem, when it's a normal response from experience.
    My email is AT DOT
    actual address pchuck mvps org.
     
    Chuck, May 1, 2007
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