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#1 bbrink

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 03:54 PM

I have 2 nmachines - 1 laptop w/ Windows XP SP1 and one desktop with Windows XP Media Center. They two can share files, map drives, ping each other, etc., so I don't trhink it is a network issue. The two can also see the printers being shared by the other. I can "Add Printer, browse to the other computer and choose one of the shared printer, it seems to load, and shows in my printer list after installation. I can click the printer icon and open it. But when I try to print to it, I get a message saying "The printer driver is not installed.." I can chose to install it, at which point the whole process repeats itsfel. Any thoughts on what I have fouled up?

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 11:43 AM

What type of printer is it? When you install the drivers for it, does it go through or give you errors? Have you thought about splurging 20 bucks on a cheap print server?

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 01:02 PM

Its an older HP LaserJet 5P. It is attached to the laptop. When I am on the desktop, I can choose "add new printer", browse and find the printer on the laptop, and it says I have succesfully added the printer. It will then show in my printer list. If I open it, it will display the que. If I do anything else, including try to print to it, it gives me the "driver is not installed error. I can choose to install the driver at that point (which I shouldn't have to do, I don't think) and it again tells me it was successfully installed. I can try again to print, and the whole "driver not installed" error happens again. The same issue happens when I am on the laptop and try to add then use the Lexmark 700 attached to the desktop. The laptop sees it, adds it, but then errors when it tries to use it - "driver not installed". I posted here in the networking forum because I was concerned it might be a network setup issue, or a personal firewall issue, etc.

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 06:24 PM

Try downloading and installing the drivers manually from the HP website.
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