Laptop running XP Pro connected wirelessly to home network will not recognize the network printer. The laptop had been connected to the printer and was able to print just fine. It is 1 of 3 computers that are connected wirelessly to the network. The network consists of a wired Linksys router with 3 devices connected: 1. the printer, 2.a desktop running XP Home, and 3. a Linksys wireless access point. The 3 wireless PCs are this laptop, a desktop running Vista Home Premium and a desktop running Ubuntu 9.04. Occasionally, the wireless PCs lose contact with the printer and I always remedy the problem by reinstalling the printer and then deleting the previous installation. It seems the network sometimes changes the IP address of the printer. The wired PC never seems to have this problem. This happened yesterday and this remedy worked fine on the 2 wireless desktops but the laptop cannot find the printer when running the add a printer wizard. After selecting the network printer option and browse for a printer it only finds Microsoft Windows Network and if I click next it says I must add a valid network printer name. If I type HP Photosmart 2600 series (the name it had previously) and click next it says windows cannot connect to the printer either the name was typed incorrectly or the printer has lost its connection... The laptop connects to the internet just fine on the same network. I did not see a similar problem addressed in a search of this forum. Does anybody have any ideas?EDIT: Moved to a more appropriate forum-MG
Edited by garmanma, 05 February 2010 - 12:33 PM.
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