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Vista matched with Xp

Discussion in 'Networking' started by williams88, Feb 27, 2008.

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  1. williams88

    williams88 Thread Starter

    Feb 19, 2008
    Okay, I'm new at networking, but here goesz; I currently have a dell desktop running XP, and a new Dell laptop running Vista. I can get on the internet with both, but I want to occasionally print something from my laptop via a printer hooked up to my desktop. I am using Qwest dsl wired router and a Bekin Wireless G router model F5d7230-4. After reading some of the other posts, I tried running a couple different programs to be able to do the printing, but I lose my interner connection on my laptop. Luckily, before I have run any of the programs, I have done a backup point so I was able to restore back to before program applied. Detailed instructions would be reatfully appreciated as I am unsure about "pinging" and such !!
    Thanx Williams88
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Here's some general info: http://nitecruzr.blogspot.com/2006/12/windows-xp-and-vista-on-lan-together.html

    Have you enabled file and printer sharing on each PC? If not, which one(s) do you need help getting started?

    Third party firewalls (internet security) often have to be uninstalled or properly configured for LAN access. Sometimes 'turn off' or 'disable' will suffice.

    Following is some "trouble shoot via ping" info. If any of the pings fail it is probably a firewall issue, and you are not ready to start printing.

    To open a Command Window: Start - Run – cmd (command in 98SE) – OK
    (if Run not on Vista’s Start menu, just type cmd in the Search box)

    To determine a computer's IP address: open a Command Window and type

    Now for some troubleshooting:

    1. On each PC open a Command window and type
    ping IPofOther (where IPofOther is the IP address of the other PC)

    Do you get Replies, or do you get packets lost?

    If you got Replies,

    2. Do the same ping except use the Computer Name of the other computer:
    ping NameOfOtherPC

    Replies or lost packets?
  3. TheEmperor


    Feb 26, 2008
    If you are having trouble networking XP and Vista check out this article. It has complete instructions for getting the two to work together.
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