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Wireless laptop cannot connect to network printer

The ESP3 is connected wired to a desktop OS winXP. The laptop is wireless and runs VIsta. Under network connections, I can see the desktop fine, they are networked fine. When I try to print from the laptop, nothing happens at the printer.
I have the printer set up to share.
I have checked the names to make sure they all match.
When I use the sharing wizard on the laptop, it doesn't find the printer, but will find it on a manual search. I select it, and it says it can't connect.
THIS WAS ALL WORKING FINE FOR MONTHS!!
I had a project that I wanted to hardwire the printer into the laptop for and ever since it won't let me go back to the old set up.
Kodak insists that I need to mess with my network settings, and I"m not keen to ruin my network that is working--that would only cause me additional headaches.
I have read somewhere that there is something I do need to do with my router though...if anyone has any input on this. I have only rudimentary knowledge of networking, so go easy on me.
THanks,

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  • noodlebug573 Jan 23, 2009

    Perfect!!! Thank you so much! I should not have even bothered with Kodak, as I was junkin around with them and their steps for 4 hrs and then the guy on live chat "hung up" on me when I said I wasn't keen to mess with my network settings.
    Thanks again!! You rock!!


  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2009

    Thanks Patemi, "Add a local printer" did the trick

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Found this solution:

  1. On Vista PC go to "Control Panel" - "Printers" - "Add printer".
  2. - Believe or not, click "Add a local printer" (I know you want to add a network printer but that way it doesn't work).
  3. - Click "Create a new port" - "Local Port" - "Next"
  4. - In the next box you have to enter a port name like this:\\PC name\Printer name where "PC name" is the network name of the XP PC or Network Share where you have the printer and "Printer name" is the network name of that printer. Be careful with this names. Check in your XP PC "Control Panel" - "Printers and faxes" - "your printer" - right click - "share" - "share resources name"
  5. - Choose the manufacturer and printer model of the printer you are adding.
  6. - Now the printer will be added and you can print a test page or print something to test it.
Let me know if it's working for your config as it worked for me

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