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Printer won't print

I have a laptop (Windows XP) and a desktop (Windows Vista) running on a wireless network in my home. I can access the internet, email, whatever, from either computer, no problems. But when I attempt to print anything from the laptop to the printer attached to the desktop, I get errors and no printout. I installed a printer driver on the laptop, thinking that might be the problem. Still got errors.

Is my problem correctable with a simple re-definition of the printer or have I screwed something up? Can someone help me fix this problem?

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  • r1955l Jan 27, 2009

    Unfortunately, printer sharing was already turned on, so that's not the solution to this one. Thanks for trying.

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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.

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