I have a desktop & laptop w/Vista (both less than 6 mths old). My printer works with each individually when connected directly to the printer. But I can't print from my laptop through the network. I have a linksys router on ethernet connection. I have tried EVERYTHING & I'm about to throw it all out the window. Please help!!!
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Re: Trying to connect share printer w/Vista
If you connect the printer to the desktop computer and enable file and printer sharing on that computer. You will then need to go into printers and faxes and share your printer. Then go to the laptop and browse the network so you are looking at the desktop computer. You should see a folder that says printers. Open the printers folder and you should see the printer you just shared. Double click on it to install the shared printer on your laptop.
Now when you print from the laptop, you will print to the shared printer that you just installed (you may have to select it from the printer list). That will send the print job through the network to the desktop and the desktop will send it to the printer (the desktop will need to be turned on for you to be able to print).
If you don't want to have to leave your destop turned on just so you can print, you should look at a print server for your printer. That will connect the printer straight to the network. Then both computers will print to the printer over the network.
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The GCS632U is just one KVM switch. But if you're going to check it out,
it has actually two separate connections.
It will just switch
once you toggle from one computer to another.
Try to power cycle
the KVM switch.
1. Shut off both computers. 2. Disconnect the
KVM switch from the computers. (make sure that not even a single cable
is connected to the computer, even the audio). 3. Leave it
disconnected for 10 minutes. 4. Reconnect the KVM and boot up the XP
first. 5. Boot up the Vista, try to toggle from one computer to
another. 6. LASTLY, shut off the Vista and see if same problem will
If you get the same problem, then you need to contact
IOGEAR and have them RMA the device. Because this is the first time that
I heard of this problem.
I've gone through alot of KVM switches. Something in the electronics just gives up. If your keyboard and mouse are the pci type (round connector) then don't switch their locations while the computers are on. Windows won't see the change and you may damage the system. If thy're USB type then switching is OK.
Your problem has nothing to do with the Operating System (Vista), it has something to do with the brand of your computer. I have similar problem before, I have Vista (Dell), but the time I connected another Vista (Sony Vaio), everything worked correctly.
This is what you need to do:
1. You have to make sure that you are using a standard USB keyboard and mouse.
2. Connect first the keyboard and mouse directly to the Vista computer to see if the USB ports of your computer are working properly.
3. You may power cycle the KVM switch by disconnecting it from the computers (including the keyboard and mouse) and leave it disconnected for 2 minutes.
4. Reconnect everything after two minutes and then reboot the computers.
5. Try using different USB keyboard if problem exist after power cycling the KVM switch.
Buy a usb hub and an usb extension, so that you can have 4 or 6 free usb at the front of your computer, and you can switch devices using usb rather then the mouse converter . Using the converter on mouse and keybord make easier for the plugs to slip out, and usb is better. Note some usb modem and some other device do not support usb hubs, you have to plug them straight into the free computer plug , if you have any.