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Dell Aio A940 Printer

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#1 Jesse Bassett

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 06:44 AM

I am trying to make my mom's Dell AIO A940 printer accesible in my laptop. Her computer is running XP Professional and I am running Vista Home Basic. We also can't see each other's computers on our network, which is part of the issue. Is there anyway to make it so the Dell printer can be accessed wirelessely? Also, how can we see each other's computers on our home network? It is connected to her desktop via a USB port.

Any assistance is apprieciated,
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#2 gavinseabrook


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Posted 08 May 2007 - 06:12 PM

Well, you have to make sure that you are both in the same workgroup. One way to test if you can connect to her computer, is to type in the IP address of her computer into your MY computers address bar. To do this, go to your moms comp, and click Start>Run. Type CMD and hit enter. Type ipconfig at the c:\prompt, and write down the IP address. Then go back to your computer and open the my computer. Type in the address bar "\\< IP ADDY HERE>". such as an example. ( \\ ). This will connect you directly to her computer. If you can do this, that means that your computer CAN see hers. As I stated, double check the WORKGROUP names.

As far as the printing. The easiest thing to do is get a print server. This will ensure that you can print to the printer without her computer needing to be turned on. They are usually anywhere from 20 bucks to 40, and hook into your network. A cheaper way to do it, but a little bit more complicated, is to set each computer to have a "Static Address" so it doesnt change. Then you can make a batch file that will run everytime your computer starts, so that it will delete any previous shared printer, and reconnect to it. This will reduce any time used when a printer does not connect properly. Such as if her computer was off, and yours is, you wont be able to print till hers is turned on. If you would like me to create you a batch file, i would be more than happy to help you setup a shared printer.

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