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Sharing a Win2k printer with Windows NT and 9x

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I have a user who has a Deskjet 895Cxi connected locally on a Dell Optiplex GX240 running Windows 2000 Pro. He needs to make this accessible to all other users. Unfortunately the other users are using Windows NT (mainly) with some Windows 9x machines. I have tried loading the "Additional Drivers" from the printer properties but it keeps looking for "*.ini" on the Windows 2000 Server CD, which we don't have. We don't even have the proper Windows 2000 Pro Cd because Dell don't give those out when you buy a PC from them. I have tried to install the printer from another users PC using the local driver but it will not connect to the printer. I know there is no problem with the Win2k machine on the network, but if someone can give me some suggestions I would greatly appreciate it. Anything at all might be useful. Thanks in advance.  
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I have found that even though it is asking for an ini file on the "Windows 2000" CDROM, it actually needs files from the driver package. Try pointing to the location of the unpacked driver or c:\winnt\inf directory.

With the older printers such as yours, I have found that you can best share this printer with the WINNT and Win9x computers by mapping a printer port from the computer trying to use the printer. You can do this by navigating to the printer share, right-clicking on it, and then choosing (i think...) map printer port. I'm not sure about the working of the option you choose as I don't have a NT or 9x machine in front of me. I have moved all to Windows 2000 and XP... Another way to map port is to alter their logon script with NET USE LPT2: \\[COMPUTERNAME]\[PRINTERSHARENAME] .
After you map the printer port to the printer share, you can locally install the printer driver and tell the driver that the printer is locally on LPT2.

I am also curious why Dell is not sending you a Windows 2000 Pro CDRom. Are you saying they are not giving you one at all, or they are sending you a "custom Dell" Windows 2000 Pro CDRom. If you have not tried this already you can try this Tech Support number for Dell. They might be of more help to get the correct CDROM. (800)-822-8965.

I hope this helps
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Thanks for the suggestions. For some reason I still couldn't get it too work, though. I have a spare jet-direct port that I'm going to put the printer on, thus saving me a never ending headache.
Dell do give us the "custom" Dell CD's but they can be useless sometimes. Thanks again for your suggestion, and because I'm such a nice person, I'm going to give you the points because I think that your suggestions were sound, it's just something screwy with our setup.
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