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Printing from my laptop

I have a vaio desktop with windows XP. I use a wireless router for my gateway laptop which has vista home premium. I have added my canon pixma MP80 all in one to my laptop. I have gone to my desktop to make sure my printer was in the sharing mode. All i get when I send to the printer from my laptop , in the printer dialog box, is error. Please help in simple english terms I can understand so I can print from my laptop. Thank you

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  • lorij2002 Sep 25, 2008

    I hate sounding ignorant, but what would be the correct driver? The Canon is connected to the desktop via USB cable. The cable is plugged into the Canon and the Desktop PC. How do I know if it is properly configured? There was an installaton wizard I used when I right clicked on the printer on the PC to set it to the sharing mode.

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I would need more information to help you with this problem. Do you have the correct and up-to-date Canon drivers installed in your laptop? Is the Canon operating as a wireless unit, or is it connected to the computer via USB cable? If wireless, is the Canon setup to operate wirelessly? If on a USB cable, is the USB port properly configured? Is the USB cable plugged in at both ends? The easiest thing to try is to go to:www.usa.canon.com. You can find downloadable drivers, installation instructions, and other documentation, free. The Canon drivers use an INSTALLATION WIZARD program to guide you through the printer set-up process.

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  • Phil Oellrich Sep 25, 2008

    First, make sure your Canon operates properly in ALL MODES from your DESKTOP PC. For your VISTA LAPTOP, you may have to experiment a bit to share the Canon on the XP DESKTOP. Check on Canon's website under FAQS to see if a similar situation is documented, and what the solution is. Sometimes, The same driver will work with different operating systems automatically, others require changing some settings in the PROPERTIES menu of the Canon. You can try loading the same XP driver on the LAPTOP, and setup the SHARING MODE. You may have to install the VISTA DRIVERS in BOTH computers, if the XP driver does ot work properly. But first,you must check that both computers can communicate with each other wirelessly. All the information you need is in the NETWORK AND SHARING category on your screen. Just type NETWORK AND SHARING in the SEARCH BOX, and click on the NETWORK AND SHARING ICON to get detailed instructions. This same icon can be found in the CONTROL PANEL window, also. A new window will open, with a display of your present configuration, and on the left side of the screen you will see TASKS, with all the tools you need to share printers.

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