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Printer Sharing on WinXP sp2 always shows the Printer as OFFLINE.

Discussion in 'Networking' started by volatksc, Aug 26, 2007.

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  1. volatksc

    volatksc Thread Starter

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    I have an older IBM Aptiva 333 M Hz that I just upgradedfrom Windows 98 Basic(with all updates) to Windows XP SP2. The Aptiva is hardwired to a router and Lexmark X6100 Printer. A laptop and homemade computer are connected via wireless to the router, both are running Windows 98 Second Edition. The network works properly for File Sharing. Network Neighborhood on both the wireless computers see that there is a shared printer on the Aptiva. To both wireless computers the printer always appears to be OFFLINE. The printer operates properly with the XP updated Aptiva Prior to the upgrade, with the Aptiva on Win98 Basic and the two wireless computers on Win98 Second Edition, all network functions operated correctly, including printer sharing.
     
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    "To both wireless computers the printer always appears to be OFFLINE."

    And you can't right click on the printer and change it to ONLINE?
     
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    volatksc Thread Starter

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    i did go back and check for an off line condition on the hybred desktop. It wa selected as off line. Clearing that did not correct my problem. I decided to go back thru each and every configuration change SLOWLY, documenting each change. After a reinstall of the printer on the host and driver update, the hybrid connected and started printing. With all my goofing around the Laptop was in sad shape. Using CSAFE, I restored the Laptop to a configuration prior to the XP upgrade. Wala everything works. Apparently for the four days of frustration I was continually making the same activation error. Thanks for your suggestions.
     
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