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Solved: Cannot print to network printer from laptop

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  1. billreed

    billreed Thread Starter

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    My network - gateway 835gm desktop with epson stylus color. Trying to print items FROM my laptop, hp pavilion dv7-1135, to my network printer. I plug usb from printer directly to laptop and it prints. ditto from my desktop -BUT- will not print from lap top direct to network printer. Been working on this for 3 days. please help. tnx.
    bill
     
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  3. JohnWill

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    If you installed it as a local printer, did you change the port for the printer to a "local port" with a name that's the full path name to the networked printer? Can you see the networked printer by browsing in Network Places to the host machine?
     
  4. billreed

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    Hi John (I think), I installed a network printer and I have going at it now till I am all messed up. I'm quiting for today and take a fresh start again tomorrow. Sorry I could not follow some of your suggestions. I need to quit. Thanks so much for your patience. Yes - I did 'share' printer. tnx
    Bill Reed
     
  5. JohnWill

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    I simply install the printer as a local printer (even connecting to the machine if necessary for the install), then change it's port to a new "local port" with the full path name to the network printer location.
     
  6. billreed

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    Hey John
    tks fer reply and it sounds good but, forgive me, I don't know how to start doing what you said. I"m not to versed and not to smart either. I wud love to have those instrx in steps if you could find the time. tnx
    bill
     
  7. JohnWill

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    Install the printer as a local printer, connect it to the machine you are installing on just for the installation.

    Remove the printer and move it to the machine it will run on permanently.

    Right click on the printer properties on the first machine and select properties.

    Under Ports, create a new Local Port. In the name field, type the full network path name of the printer, i.e.

    \\computer_name\printer_name

    Where:

    computer_name - name of computer that has the shared printer.
    printer_name - name of the shared printer from Network Places
     
  8. billreed

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    hi john, thanks so much for you time. your first 2 items I did not understand (sorry) but I did this:
    on my laptop, add printer,add a local printer,create a new local port, entered new name \\your-907f423962\epson stylus color 740 esc/p 2 and the reply was "Network name cannot be found". My network name is "am radio". Desktop name "your-907F423962. Printer is connected to desktop by usb cable. I just disconnected the usb from desktop and connected to laptop and it did print a test page. usb plugged into desktop - nothing.
    bill
     
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    Try a short share name w/o blanks and other special characters rather than "epson stylus color 740 esc/p 2."
     
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    Hi bilreed,
    if you have internet security software or firwall software on your laptop try disabling them and then try printing from your laptop since they some time block printing on network printers.
     
  11. billreed

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    solved

    Thanks to everyone expecially john who stood by me.

    bill
     
  12. TerryNet

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    Wanna share the solution with us? :)

    You can mark this "Solved" using the button at the upper left of your first post.
     
  13. JohnWill

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    I'm guessing the naming of the printer. :D
     
  14. billreed

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    Yes John you are right
     
  15. JohnWill

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    Terry beat me to the response on the name, as soon as I saw that, I figured we were on the home stretch. :D
     
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