Not sure if this is the right place to post this, since I'm not sure if the problem lies with XP, Vista, HP or just our network.... We have a HP PSC 2355 on our wireless network, host computer runs Vista. Am able to print off of host computer and off of a laptop that also runs Vista, but am unable to print off my daughter's computer that runs XP. When I go to "add printer," XP is unable to locate it on the network. Upgraded to SP 3, but that didn't solve the problem. The network does recognize my daughter's computer on the network map. Any ideas/solutions would be welcome!
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Re: can't find printer on network
1.How are you attaching to the network printer from your daughters computer? IP address, or by the name of the printer...Also make sure you check you are attaching to the network printer, and not local printer.
2. Install the Microsoft TCP/IP version 6 protocol on both computers by clicking install on your LAN properties, then restart PC. This should work!
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1. Unplug your USB cable from
the back of the Windows XP PC and plug the USB cable directly into your
Windows Vista PC. 2. The Windows Vista drivers for your printer
should be automatically loaded and your printer will be installed on
your Windows Vista PC. If this was successful, skip right to step 3. If
step 2 is not successful
i. Download the Windows Vista printer
driver for your printer from the manufacturers website.
If your printers manufacturer has not created a Vista driver yet,
retry step 2.
ii. Install the driver on your Windows Vista
PC. During installation, youll be prompted to connect the printer
to your PC. Choose the option to proceed with installation without
connecting the printer.
3. After installation is complete, open
the Printers icon in the Windows Vista Control Panel. 4. Right-click
on your printer that was just installed and choose Properties. 5.
Navigate to the Ports tab. 6. Click Add Port, then select Local
Port, then click New Port. 7. For the Port Name, enter the exact
network path and share name of your printer. (ex. - \\HOMEPC\Printer2)
8. Click OK and make sure that this new port is selected with a check in
the checkbox. 9. Click Apply and then OK to close the printer
properties. 10. You should now be able to print from your Windows
Vista PC to a shared printer located on your Windows XP PC.
Could be several things causing this. You said it is a network printer, but then said primary computer is XP. Is it hooked to the XP machine? From my experience, printers on XP machines occasionally lose their drivers. Go to the XP machine and make sure the printer is in the printer folder, and active. Do a test print to be sure. Then make sure it is still shared (things like this can change with updates). If all this is OK, go to the Vista machine and remove the printer. Then go to add printers, and add a network printer. Sometimes, if it is a network printer, it will show up in "my network" - if so, right click and add printer. If you add the printer usually the computer will use the currently installed drivers. If it is a shared printer, go to network, double click the XP machine, and the shared printer should be there. right click and add. Once you have it working, go to printers and delete or remove the faded-out printers that don't work and be sure to set the newly installed printer as your default.
I take it you the Win XP PC is on the same network that your Vista Laptop is on and that some how you must be able to share the printer through your XP PC? I think you are experiencing the many issue that Vista has to offer. Maybe think of actually seeing about placing the printer on a Network print server. This would solve your issue. I did this with my Brother Laser printer and it works great. I believe the print servers are coming down in price I am using a TRENDnet TP100 and it works great with my two wired network desktop PCs and the two wireless notbooks that both have Vista on them. Blessings, A/V Media Guy
your best bet is to install
network magic to control your wireless network.
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best option for you. it may cost $29.99 . from this site u can easily do this
So your printing to a network IP port? I don't this the setup is the problem if the computers see this printer as a network printer. I believe this to be a driver problem. I would try either a 5e or genric driver of some type. I'm not sure what type of printer this is so...
Right click on the network connection used to connect your computers and click properties. In the box that says "client for microsoft networks" etc, scoll down and make sure file and printer sharing is checked.
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your printer currently uses either a PCL5, PCL6 or PostScript XP driver
you may download the current XP driver from HP to provide printing
Windows Vista printing is very similar to Windows XP and most print
drivers supported in XP environment for LaserJet printers may also work
in the Windows Vista operating system.
Go to Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Printers and add a printer.
Select it as a network printer, and stop it searching (unless it finds it of course - which sounds unlikely!)
Then click on "The printer that I want isn't listed"
Choose to add a printer using the IP or hostname, and click next.
Type in the IP address of the printer. This can be found by printing out the network configuration page from the printer.
The port will be filled in for you.
The printer should now be added.
You need to download the drivers from HP website for VISTA.
If you wish to work printer in networking then you can also add printer in the Laptop by that method.
Let me know more how you need to go for ( since if your XP is a desktop, then I would recommend you to keep the printer connect with it directly and just use a LAN cable for your Laptop.)
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It doesn't work in share mode either...It prints the pages incorrectly. I have the hp3100 connected to my xp pc and my vista laptop connects to it via printer sharing on my network. the xp prints fine but the vista doesn't print ok due to lack of driver support for it.
I have to resort to print to pdf and then take the pdf to my xp for printing. Its a half *** solution but if anybody out there made his/her own driver please post.