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can't find/see shared printer

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jupota, Sep 8, 2003.

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  1. jupota

    jupota Thread Starter

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    1. laptop A has WIN 98 SE - mshome workgroup
    2. laptop B has WIN XP Pro - mshome workgroup
    3. Laptop A shares printer using TCP/IP not netbui
    4. laptop B can't find or see laptop A's shared printer
    5. workgroup name is the same!
    6. What's wrong?
     
  2. cybertech

    cybertech Retired Moderator

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    Can device A ping device B?
    Can device B ping device A?

    syntax is ping devicea or ping deviceb, depending on which device you are working from.
     
  3. jupota

    jupota Thread Starter

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    I'm using a wireless access point with DHCP so I don't know what IP to use to attempt to ping the two laptops. I'm just trying to set up a simple peer-to-peer network. I'm wondering if TCP/IP alone is the problem, maybe I need to add Netbui as a protocol to the two machines for them to be able to see each other under the MSHOME workgroup. Are there any securirty settings in WIN XP Pro that are required?
     
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    cybertech Retired Moderator

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    You could try using the 16 bit driver if you are currently using the 32 bit on the win98 machine.

    To ping you can ping the machine name, you don't need to know the ip address. If it comes back host unknown build a lmhost file for the win98 machine and a host file for the xp machine.
     
  5. Rollin_Again

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    First you must determine whether the computers can communicate. On your Win98 machine click START --> RUN and then type COMMAND and hit enter. When your DOS prompt comes up type WINIPCFG and hit enter. Write down the IP address. Go to your XP machine and click START --> RUN and type CMD and hit enter. When your DOS prompt comes up type PING __.__.__.__ (fill in blanks with the IP address you wrote down earlier) After entering the IP to ping and clicking ENTER, you should either get a timeout or reply from the 98 machine. If there is a timeout or unreachable host, then you have a connectivity issue. If you get a reply from the other machine then communication is established and there is some other problem other than the connection.

    What is the share name of the printer you are using? Did you use the default share name provided by Windows? If so, try renaming the share to something other than the default. My old Win 98 often would not share it's resources until I renamed the share names.

    Rollin
     
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