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Trying to Share a Printer on a WIRED Network

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Yammii, Jan 20, 2011.

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  1. Yammii

    Yammii Thread Starter

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    My friend had an Epson printer connected to his Windows XP computer and was sharing to two other computers (xp & Vista) through his network. Because this Epson printer was pretty old, he bought a new Canon printer and installed it to his main computer then installed the drivers on the other two computers. However, although the other two computers show the new printer, they are not communicating with it.

    Do I have to create a new virtual printer port for USB for this printer? If so, how do I do that?

    When I looked at the properties of the Epson printer on the computers before it was un-installed - the Windows XP shows connection through \\Name of Network Local Port and the Vista machine shows connection through Port USB001 virtual Printer Port for USB . I tried to use the same settings for the new Canon printer and made sure the SHARE PRINTER is active - but again, although the printer shows in the printers folder, it gives a communication error.

    The main computer prints fine since it is connected through USB directly (as was the Epson).

    I tried to be as clear as possible, any help that I can get would really be appreciated.



    Thank you.. :)
     
  2. surferdude2

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    Yammii, On the main computer that has the printer connected, have you gone to Start > Printers & Faxes > and right-clicked the installed printer icon, and clicked the Sharing option, then tag the box to share the printer?

    Then did you run the Add Printer Wizard in the other computers (same place as above) to install the available network printer?
     
  3. Yammii

    Yammii Thread Starter

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    Hi Surfer,

    I didn't do the second part - I'm going to try that and see if it works... I'll let you know, thank you so much... =)
     
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