Sharing a printer

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I have home networking quetion. Have 2 machine at home one runs win2k & the other Win95. Have a LAN setup.

I have the lexmark X73 printer connected to the Win 95 machine & would like to share the printer with the win2k machine.  Essentially I want to print from my Win2k machine to the lexmark printer.  I installed the drivers  on the win2k machine & shared the printer on the win95 machine, But still cannot print from the win2k machine.

I had a smilar setup earlier with a HP Deskjet witout any problems.

Any help would be appreciated
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1) when you goto the network neighbourhood are you able to see that second XP machine ?

1a) if you can go in there, and right click on the printer icon that is in there that is shared, and install it from there. see if that works.

1b) If it is not, double check that in the settings on the win98... in the network section in the control panel that file and printer sharing is enabled.

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Just go to the pc that you installed the printer the first time (in other words the pc that you had installed the printer the first time when you bought it). Then go to Printers and Faxes in the Control Panel, and right click on the printer that you want to share. Click on sharing... and then click "Share this printer" and dont change the name just leave the name that they give you by default. Then just say ok, and  it should work.
Hi all, I see your all new to EE.  Welcome

Samhall - He doesn't have an XP machine.
CodeBlue - He said he shared the printer.

chandler825

When you are on the 2K machine, can you see the 95 machine and can you see the shared printer.

I am unclear from your posting if you can map the printer to your w2000 machine or if you have it mapped and it still doesn't print.

Come back to me with this so that we can narrow down the problem and not have 500 experts answering questions that don't exist.

Harry
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i apologise for putting XP instead of win2k,
the advice is pretty revealing though.

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HDWILKINS

I can see the 95 machine & the shared printer from the win2k machine.  I could also map the shared printer but when I try to print I get a error message. Only difference from my past HP printer to the Lexmark printer is that HP was connected to LPT1 & Lexmark to USB on the win 95 machine.

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it shouldn,t matter that its USB, since the win95 machine can print to it okay.

what is the error message that you get when you try and print to it ?


if that doesnt work...
what you can try and do is map the network port to a local port on the win2k machine.
right click on the printer icon, and goto properties, then goto ports.
click on add port... follow it though.

what this will do is allow you to go into dos and run debugging commands like
copy testfile.txt > lpt1


Have you considered hanging the printer off the win2k machine ?
What is the error message?

Have you tried installing the printer on the win2k machine and share it from there?

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good questions ;)
hehe
I'll echo everyone else, whats the error message.

When you look in the properties of the Printer, does it have the correct path, how about the drivers, do they look correct?  Do you have any problem printing from the Win95 machine?

Harry
Make sure to have installed several drivers for the same shared device... One for W9x, and one for W2K.

Clients computers download and install its drivers when first connecting to the printer.

FB

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Error message when printing from Word
ERROR MESSAGE
Windows cannot print due to a problem with the current printer setup. try one of the following or more
*Check the printer by Printing a test page from windows
*Make sure the printer is turned on and online
* Reinstall the printer driver

When I tried the above options
The print test page - Error message "Test page failed to print"
Printer is online
Reinstalled printer driver

Using the win2k machine to hang the printer is not an option for me as it is a work machine.
Printer works great from the Win95 machine - no problems

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FYI - I can share the win95 drives without any problems only sharing the lexmark printer is a problem. I had shared a HP printer without any problems until I recently purchased this Lexmark printer.
It sounds to me like you don't have the correct drivers on the Win2K machine.  Am I correct that the CD that came with that printer had a specific set of drivers for 2000.

Ok I just looked that printer up, its an all in one printer with a built in scanner, etc.

You may not be able to share it.  I'll come back to you.

However you might be able to use a different set of drivers if it emulates something.  I'll be back.

Harry

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HDWILKINS
I installed the 2000 drivers on the Win2k machine as I can print from the win2k machine if the printer is hooked up to the win2k machine.

 From the lexmark website link it looks like win95 may not be supported for networking. Is this correct?

Thx

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HDWILKINS
I installed the 2000 drivers on the Win2k machine as I can print from the win2k machine if the printer is hooked up to the win2k machine.

 From the lexmark website link it looks like win95 may not be supported for networking. Is this correct?

Thx
I think the problem is that its a multifunction printer and it needs to communicate directly with the pc that is sending it work.  So, it may not be sharable..  I have seen this before with HP multifunction printers and I just don't work with a lot of Lexmarks to know.  But I don't think it can be shared.

Harry

Really, you should call Lexmark on this one.  How old is the printer.

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HDWILKINS
I installed the 2000 drivers on the Win2k machine as I can print from the win2k machine if the printer is hooked up to the win2k machine.

 From the lexmark website link it looks like win95 may not be supported for networking. Is this correct?

Thx

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I called Lexmark & they told me that this printer cannot be used as a network printer. Thanks for all your support.

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