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after system crash/recovery I cant get printer to share.


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#1 jennkent5454

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 09:49 PM

I had printer sharing set up and working fine before the crash then after the system recovery I cant it to work. Im not sure if its the desk top side thats the issue or the laptop side.
the desktop is vista, the laptop is xp.
the desktop is directly connected to the printer, the cable modem and the wireless router. I reinstalled the printer to desktop. and both have an internet connection.

what is going on here? it was never this difficult before?

if you need any additional info let me know.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 09:53 PM

Quick questions:

What's the printer make and model?
Is it installed as a Local or Network printer?
Is File and Printer Sharing enabled?

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 10:08 PM

the printer is a HP Officejet J5780 All In One. I downloaded the 5700 series drivers from HP.com

Im not sure how to tell if its local or network

I right clicked the printer icon and enabled sharing

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 11:45 PM

Here's a short intro to sharing printers and how to tell if its a network or local printer:

There are two methods of installing printers. If a printer is physically connected to a computer by a cable then it is locally installed regardless of whether or not the printer is shared.

If a printer can be assigned an IP address, has an ethernet connection (plug for a network cable) or can be connected to via wireless networking then it is a network printer even if it is directly connected to a computer.

In order to share a locally connected printer, the computer the printer is physically connected to must be turned on and the operating system must be running for the printer to be available to print.

In order to share a network printer, the printer must be connected to a network at all times. It does not matter whether any computer is turned on or not.

Here's a Microsoft tutorial on how to share items between Vista and XP:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727037.aspx




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