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Re: printing with vista
Your wireless protocol may not work with vista because the driver is probably not compatable with the programing.. i would like to know if you have had the printer when you used wireless with windows xp or is it a new printer and you have not installed the wireless driver for it
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1. Operating System : Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista? 2. Printer make/model: (this is important to determine the wireless properties of printer) 3. Network Connection: (is the laptop connected to the same network as the printer)
If you are working with a new printer (see item 2) and you have a network on which you have your notebook connected, there are so many possible ways to connect the printer to the network that it's hard to say.
If you are working with an established printer that has wireless services running, you may need to know either the Network Name of the printer or the IP Address of the printer.
Your best bet is to make use of hp's extensive Wireless Printing Center (see link below).
Do you have more than one instance of the printer installed. If that happens the computer gets confused and don't know which one to print to. Also only one can be active if you have two instances of the same printer and you could be printing to the inactive one. Click Start/Control Panel and check your printers to insure that there is not more than one instance of the same printer installed.
Also check down at the bottom right near the time and if you see the printer icon open it and clear out the queue. If you've printed to an inactive printer the queue will block you so just delete or cancel the items in the queue.
Also check your printer properties to make sure it is printing to a TCPIP wireless connection and not a usb connection.
Check if the printer has a wireless option. Actually this issue is complex. First thing first, you can print wirelessly from your laptop within the WIFI range in a case that your printer do have wireless on in. It is impossible to print wirelessly from the wired printer through LAN.
One thing, I guess you don't have a wireless router. You need to have a wireless router like LINKSYS that is easy to setup then try to connect wirelessly to the wired printer. There I am not too sure if your can do a printing option from your laptop wirelessly.
Lastly, check if you have a ROUTER and need to set it up on your laptop and on the network LAN. You may now have a NETWORK printer in this regards. Thank you.
On the desktop machine - go to the printers folder, right click the
icon for the Laserjet and choose sharing (enable print sharing). You
should be able to name the printer and make it accessible to anyone
within the workgroup. If needed you can run the network setup wizard to change the workgroup names on both machines.
On the laptop go to add new printer and choose network printer, you
should be able to browse to the desktop machine by name and choose the
Laserjet as a printer (whether you want it to be the default is up to
you). The laptop will download and install the drivers from the desktop
pc to the laptop and set the correct network path automatically.
It goes without saying that the desktop machine must be on in order to print from the laptop in this scenario.
only if it's wireless or it can be wired to the network, I have both kinds. My wireless has an ethernet card that connects to any computer in the house, just by running the software in all of the machines. If you have no wireless card you can still share the printer in by selecting shared in the properties menu of the printer, it will still need to be wired to one of the machines If it is not a wireless device.Another way is to connect it to a home network through the router, but it will still need to be connected to a Lan through the router and thus have an IP address has network printing capabilitys.
You have to turn printer sharing on in vista by going to your network map and turn the printer sharing on. This should FixYa! Network Map is located in Network and Sharing Center on the computer with vista.
I assume you have a wireless network set up with a wireless router, since you said you have a wireless laptop. You need to share the printer on the desktop. You also need to set up both computers to be on the same network (for example, WORKGROUP or MSHOME, or a name of your choosing).Once shared and on the same network, you can go to the laptop and add a printer--just tell it that it is a network printer. A caution--to work without further hassle, both computers need to be running the same version of Windows. If not, you'll need the driver disk for the system on your laptop.