wireless home workgroup network; 1 shared HP printer not worki

wireless home workgroup network; 1 shared HP printer not worki

Post by S2V2aW » Thu, 16 Jun 2005 13:22:04


No changes to firewalls; in fact, I disabled the Windows Firewall on the XP
systems to see if I could get the printer thing working. ALL of my file
sharing is working for some odd reason - it's just the printer sharing. I
understand about the drivers supposed to d/l from the network, but it's not
happening, I just get a message saying I successfully completed adding the
network printer, but when I try to print from it, I get the error
(IMMEDIATELY). I can even dbl click on the printer and set print properties,
but can't print. I can even access the printer properties via web browser
through IIS, but no can print. I even tried dragNdrop ops to get SOMETHING
to print, but no dice.

Interestingly enough, when this first occurred, I checked the printer and it
would NOT work from the attached printer; I uninstalled the printer,
rebooted, and reinstalled the printer.

I also tried renaming the home network workgroup, but I would NOT recommend
that for anyone with little experience............. it only took me a couple
of hours to "flush" the old settings in all three computers.......doh and
the router.

I also tried to "reset" the printer by unplugging, but it is working fine
within the computer it is attached to, just not working on the workgroup
network (Wireless), and like I said, ALL the file sharing is working, just
not the printer sharing, even though it appears to add the network printer.
I've tried several different ways of adding the network printer, but all end
up the same way not printing and giving error msg.
 
 
 

wireless home workgroup network; 1 shared HP printer not worki

Post by DanR » Thu, 16 Jun 2005 15:23:03


Have you tried loading the printer software onto the XP computers? (from printer
install CD) It's my understanding you don't need to do this but I think it will
insure the correct driver is available on the XP machine. Could be a problem
because of Win2K and WinXP. Maybe the driver that the XP machine needed was not
on the 2K machine.

 
 
 

wireless home workgroup network; 1 shared HP printer not worki

Post by S2V2aW » Thu, 16 Jun 2005 20:59:02

Previously, yes; I did have the XP driver on the wireless systems. Funny
thing is that the XP driver also says 2000 on it, and the first time I shared
the printer with 1 other system, I did not use the XP/2000 driver and the
printer sharing worked (Non wireless) between printer attached to 2000 system
and another XP system.

Now that I'm thinking about it - I don't think I've been able to print from
the printer since I've gone wireless.......... I think I'll try getting the
XP/2000 driver and install this from "add/remove" hardware. Thanks for your
help, hope this works............ if not, I suppose it could be the
printer.............
 
 
 

wireless home workgroup network; 1 shared HP printer not worki

Post by S2V2aW » Thu, 16 Jun 2005 22:17:06


OK - IT WORKED! But this is NOT how it is advertised to work, although I
guess I shouldn't complain. Computers and networks can be strange
animals...............

This is how I got it to work:
Kept the 2000 system intact w/its drivers

Deleted EVERYTHING hp/hewlett packard on the XP wireless systems, rebooted
and downloaded the XP driver for the printer, then extracted the files, but
did NOT run the setup. Includes uninstalling printer software

Then, I used Add/Remove Hardware to point to the network printer location
and name when it asked which port(s) on a drop down menu, followed the
prompts for the location of the driver, which was in the extracted files.
Oddly enough, this by itself did not show the new printer on my
Printer/Faxes.............

THEN, since the new printer was not added, I immediately tried to add a new
network printer, did the search and selected it, and it actually asked a few
more questions this time, like did I want to share it, and even give it a
share name, then it asked if I wanted to print a test page (Previously, it
did not, and I had to access the printer properties to try and print the test
page)

Well, it worked, so I'm off to do this with the laptop....... Thanks for
the help!!
 
 
 

wireless home workgroup network; 1 shared HP printer not worki

Post by DanR » Fri, 17 Jun 2005 01:28:18


Glad to hear you're up and running. Sometimes it's just persistence that fixes
the problem. I had similar problems about 2 years ago with XP and ME machines.
 
 
 

wireless home workgroup network; 1 shared HP printer not worki

Post by S2V2aW » Fri, 17 Jun 2005 02:21:08


Well................. the laptop is proving to be more of a pain than I
thought.......... it is NOT giving me the option under Add/Remove hardware
to select the network location for the printer; however, I did try the
standard TCP/IP port and named the port where the printer was attached
(USB001) and it "SEEMED" to be working, but had similar results.....no
printing.

I think it might have something to do with the ability of the laptop to
connect to resources on the workgroup wireless network; I did not have this
problem with the desktop XP on the wireless.......

Sometimes I can connect through using "View Workgroup Computers", but when
you search your windows network and you have the option to select from the 3
different places (Choosing the MS Windows Networks) I am unable to connect.
It's really weird, my signal strength is "excellent" and I've even tried to
"repair" the connection without success. I am trying a shutdown so we'll see
how that works.