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  1. Stumann

    Stumann Thread Starter

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    I've been trying to get my 2 desktops and one laptop to network to each other, the main reason is to share a printer. My main computer is also the best and fastest desktop. It is hard wired to a Lynksys router. The other desktop and the laptop are wireless to the router. All are running XP-Pro. All three access the internet perfectly, there just seems to be a lack of communications between them. Here's what I've done so far. I ran the network connection wizard on the MAIN first, then the other two units. All the file and printer sharing boxes are checked correctly. The network name is the same on all computers. "File and printer sharing for Microsoft networks" is checked in Local area connection properties. In the printer porperties, the box is checked for "Share this printer" and the printer is named. On the other computers, I go to "Printers and Faxes" and try to add new printer. I check "a network printer", next window "browse for a printer". The name I called my network shows up in the list. I enter the name I call the printer I want to share from the MAIN computer and it tells me Windows cannot open the printer. "Either the name was typed incorrectly, or the specified printer has lost its connection to the server. For more information, click Help." I tried the Help and went through all the steps it called for, but still no success. What am I missing? Is there an issue caused by my main computer being hardwired (ethernet cable) to the router and the others are wireless? I'm ready to pull my hair out, and I can't afford to lose much more. :confused:
     
  2. etaf

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    does this help
    XP - sharing a printer
    http://www.home-network-help.com/share-printer.html

    see if this works
    > 1.) Verify that File and print sharing is turned on and properly configured
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    > on the XP machine.
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    > 2.) Locate and notate the Win XP computer name (i.e. "Desktop") (Found in
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    > System Properties in the Computer Name tab)
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    > 3.) Locate and notate the printer share name on the XP computer (i.e.
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    > "Printer") (Found under the Sharing tab on the Printer Properties page)
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    > 4.) On the other machine launch the "Add a Printer" wizard
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    > 5.) Choose "Add a local printer"
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    > 6.) Select "Create a new port" radio button and choose "Local Port" from the
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    > drop down menu
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    > 7.) Press Next
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    > 8.) In the "Enter Port Name:" box enter the following: \\Desktop\Printer
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    > where "Desktop" = the computer name from step 2 and "Printer" = the printer
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    > share name from step 3.
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    > 9.) Select the Printer driver from the list provided or use the "Have Disk"
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    > button to install the correct XP driver if it is not in the built-in list.
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    > 10.) Press next
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    > 11.) Give the printer a distinct name and choose whether to set as the
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    > default.
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    > 12.) Press Next
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    > 13.) Print a test page to verify functionality.
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    > 14.) Press Finish
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  3. Stumann

    Stumann Thread Starter

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    I just tried that. After step 8, I got "The network path was not found". I tried it with both the "Computer name" and "Computer description".
     
  4. etaf

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    on each machine do an ipconfig /all and see what IP address the PCs have and then try and use that IP to ping the machines

    It maybe a firewall blocking - what firewalls do you have


    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    {ipconfig /all}
    If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to paste the results into something like notepad and then copy onto a machine that can access the internet and post results here
    We would like to see the results from ipconfig /all post back the results here
    -> Start
    -> (XP - enter the following in the RUN box)
    cmd /k ipconfig /all
    -> (Vista or Windows 7 - enter the following in the Search box)
    cmd /k ipconfig /all

    A black box will appear on the screen -
    rightclick in the box
    select all
    enter
    control key + C key - to copy

    then reply here and
    control key + V to paste
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    {Ping Tests}
    If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to paste the results into something like notepad and then copy onto a machine that can access the internet and post results here

    Start> Run {search bar in Vista}> CMD to open a DOS window and type:

    Type the following command
    Ping {plus the number thats shown against the ipaddress IPV4 shown in above ipconfig /all}
    Post back the results
    rightclick in the box
    select all
    enter
    control key + C key - to copy
    then reply here and
    control key + V to paste
     
  5. Stumann

    Stumann Thread Starter

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    It was the firewall in AVG. I changed the settings and all is well. Sometime you can't see the trees for the forest! Thanks for all the help.
     
  6. etaf

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    your welcome (y) thanks for letting us know
    You can mark your own threads solved using the [​IMG] button at the top of the page of the thread in the upper left corner. :)
     
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