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Shared printer won;t show up on net

Discussion in 'Networking' started by jspatz1, Apr 22, 2004.

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    I have an XP and two W98 computers networked on a home wired ethernet LAN. Everything about the network seemes to work fine, but I cannot get the HP printer connected to the XP machine to show up on the network. It shows up when browsing the network from the XP machine, but not from the 98 machines. I have shared the printer, I think correctly, and also selected the Win98 drivers to be available to network machines.

    When I try to add a network printer on the 98 machines, the printer does not show up when browsing the network tree to select the printer. It will, however, seem to accept it if I type in its network path maunually. Then it will successfully show up as an installed printer, but print jobs error out when sent to it. Another curious symptom, the properties dialog box for this network printer (when added with the manually entered path) comes up in French on one of the 98 machines. I am wondering if it used the wrong driver version obtained from the host machine.

    Any of this sound familiar to anyone? Would love some help fixing this problem.
     
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    I discovered why I could not see the shared printer on the network. The network name I gave it was too long for the 98 machines. When I shortened the name, the 98 machines could see it just fine.

    But I still have the problem of print jobs erroring from the 98 machines. When I install it as a network printer on the 98 machines, everything seems to go fine. I can see it loading the drivers from the host machine, and the printer appears installed and ready to go. But any print jobs from the clients give an "error printing" in the print queue and never go through.

    As I mentioned before, the Properties dialogue box for this printer, as seen from the 98 clients, shows up partially in French. This gives me the hunch that something is wrong with the driver it loaded from the host. But I don;t seem to have any control over that, so how would I approach fixing it? On the host XP machine, I do have Win98 checked as an available driver to network machines (actually it and XP are checked for me and I can't change it.)

    I don;t know how to go about changing the driver loaded to the client machine. If I choose "Change Driver" my printer is not on the pick list. If I choose "Have Disk", the HP disc which came with the printer is a hopeless maze of files and folders and I can't seem to find where to get the right driver.

    Any ideas?
     
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