RE: shared printer not printing from jobs initiated from vista pc
- From: Mick Murphy <MickMurphy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 20:38:00 -0700
On your vista machine, you need a Vista printer driver installed., not an XP
A workaround(seeing as how you have set up a network), is to copy and paste
the vista files you want to print out to the XP computer, and print them out
Mick Murphy - Qld - Australia
The situation has some additional aspects to it. When I first got the new.
desktop I just hooked the printer into the vista machine and the system went
and found the vista driver and the printer worked ok. The xp machine shared
the printer and it worked ok too. However, I realized a short time afterward
that the capabilities of scan/copy and fax would not work because the printer
mfg. did not have vista drivers for those activities on this older printer.
I then thought that the printer always worked when it was hooked to an xp
machine so I just unhooked the printer and attached it to my laptop xp pc.
It can now print/fax/scan/copy attached to the xp pc. I set it up to share
on the network and the vista pc can see the printer. What is alo interesting
is that when I first moved the printer to the xp machine I had to ask the
vista machine to connect to the printer. At that time a dialog box asked to
install a new driver. I am wondering if that driver might have been an XP
driver which could have overridden the original vista printer driver that was
installed. Obviously, I am not an expert on these technical aspects. I
don't know whether the vista machine needs an xp driver because the commands
go bach thru an xp machine or it needs a vista driver. Is there anyway I can
investigate which printer drivers exist on my vista machine or if I need to
uninstall anything in case there is both an XP and a vista driver in conflict
on it? Thanks for any suggestions.
"Mick Murphy" wrote:
1 Have you set XP to allow file and printer sharing?
2. Do you have the Printer's vista compatible driver installed in your Vista
3. In vista>Network>Network ahd Sharing>Add Network device>did you browse
for XP's Printer, find it, and install the drivers?
Also below is how to Network XP and Vista
Have a read of the above link re Vista File and Printer Sharing.
Permissions/Share info is there as well.
If using Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro I.S., make sure file and printer
sharing is enabled in THEIR firewall (or LAN allowed, depending on how their
Exceptions are worded in their Firewall)
1st thing to do is make sure that the Workgroup Name of ALL the computers is
In Vista Network and Sharing:
Network Discovery: ON (So it can see the other computers)
Network set to Private (Public is for hotspots, airports, etc)
File Sharing: ON
Public Folder Sharing: ON (Vista’s Public Folder is the same as XP’s Shared
Password Protected: OFF (unless you want to set up identical usernames and
passwords (passwords can be different) on ALL computers in your Network) If
you have it ON, you will be asked for a username and password when you try to
access a Vista computer from an XP computer, or a Vista computer.
Also, run the XP’s Home or Small Office Network File and Printer Sharing
Wizard to include Vista in your “New” Network, even if you had an XP Network
set up prior to adding a Vista computer to it(redoing the Wizard seems to
work for XP machines!).
In “My Network Places”: “Set up a Home or Small Office Network”
OR under Accessories > Communications > Network Setup Wizard > Allow File
and Printer Sharing.
Mick Murphy - Qld - Australia
I have a printer that is hooked to an XP laptop that works just fine. I have
it to be shared on my network with my new vista desktop. The printer shows
as available when I am on the desktop. When I try to print I get no error
message but nothing happens at the printer. I tried sending two single page
jobs to it. I then clicked properities for the printer and tried to cancel
the jobs from my desktop. I got an "access denied " message. If I go to my
laptop to try and clear out the queue it does not show the jobs as waiting.
But every time I am on my laptop it shows the two jobs as waiting. Any way
to cancel them and more importantly any ideas on how to get the printer to
print them? Thanks.
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