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Network Printer does not print please help!

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  1. DmFrosty

    DmFrosty Thread Starter

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    Ok before I begin explaining I am novice when it come's to these problems.

    So what happened was recently, I reset the modem to it's factory settings. However in doing so, I believe I might have done something that prevents the network printers to print.

    The printer, EPSON SX515W Series, is connected to the old computer, plugged in. The other laptops were not connected to the printer and would print as wireless. However now only the old computer prints directly to the printer, the other laptops fail to print it says that the laptop has the EPSON printer as it's default printer yet when ever I try to print, an exclamation mark in yellow triangle appears on the icon, in the control panel>printer section. Troubleshoot does not fix the problem either.

    The other problem is I can't remember how this was set up as my dad did it, and he will kill me if I don't fix it back. Also the old computer is different to the laptops. Old computer has Windows XP, and the laptops are vista.

    I tried to solve the problem but I failed now I need help!

    PLEASE HELP!.
     
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    The "modem" is a modem/wireless router combination unit? Had it been using a non-default IP address subnet?

    It may be easier to just delete the printers from the remote computers and set up file and printer sharing as if doing for the first time rather than trying to trouble shoot.
     
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    But if I were to start all over again how would I do it?

    Do I have to use CD to install or what?
     
  4. TerryNet

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    Run the Network Setup wizard (found in Control Panel of XP). Tell it each of your computers connects to the internet via "residential gateway" and that you want to enable file and printer sharing. Create a disk at the end only if you have a Windows PC other than XP or 2k Pro or Vista or 7.

    Windows XP firewall (if SP2 or SP3) will be properly configured by the wizard (but make sure it is not set to “No Exceptions”). You must uninstall or properly configure any 3rd party firewalls on each machine. Unique computer names and same workgroup, of course.

    The Shared Documents folder is automatically shared. Any other folders (or drives) or printers you want to share, just right click on them and sharing ... . When sharing a printer, accept the offer to load other drivers if your other PCs have different Operating System(s).

    When you first go into My Network Places there will be nothing there. The first time you click on 'View Workgroup computers' will probably result in great disappointment. It takes awhile (up to 15 minutes) before all the computers in the workgroup get up-to-date and accurate lists of the other computers. Often you can speed up this process via Search for other computers.

    When computers show up in My Network Places, double click on one to see its shares. If that includes a printer, you can right click on the printer to connect to it.


    Short description for Vista file sharing. (you probably needn't do anything in this section unless firewall changes are needed)

    Go into the network and Sharing Center from the Control Panel or from the Network icon in the Notification Area. Your network must be designated 'Private.' In the Sharing and Discovery section you can configure File sharing, Public folder sharing (similar to Shared Documents in previous Windows), Printer sharing and Password protected sharing.

    Vista requires that a user account be password protected before it will permit file sharing.

    You must uninstall or properly configure any non-windows firewall (security suite).


    On the Vista PCs you should then be able in the Network window to find the XP's printer and connect to it.
     
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