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Connecting printer to laptop

I have a printer that is now connected to a desktop computer. I would like to switch and/or have it connected to my laptop too. Do I have to get more cables to connect the printer to laptop or can I do something on the computer to make it possible?

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You need to install driver on laptop as well first.

If you want to connect the printer to two computers at the same time, you need either to plug/ unplug the usb cable each time.

Or you setup a network using a router and share the printer on the network.
Or you buy a printer servet or a printer switch and connect printer to both computer at same time, this is the best solution.

Got to a local retailer, explain what you want and get equipment (eg. printer server or printer switch) to share the printer between the two computer.

If you just need to install drivers on the laptop, use printer disk or follow instructions below:

Click right here.
A web page will open, select country, operative system etc., and click on download now loaction.
Chose to download the file in my documents when asked.
After downloading, find thefile, double click on the file, if you get in troubles ,then follow instructions below to reset and reinstall:


  • Unplug printer USB.
  • Go to control panel >> installed printers in Windows and remove (delete ) any installed printer from printer list.
  • Download driver from website and run the file.
  • Follow driver installation wizard.
  • Plug back printer when prompted from installation wizard.
Some Lexmark printer does not work on Vista.


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