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There are 2 XP machines and one 98SE machine. The printers are on the 2 XP machines (Both HP). I'm trying to print to either from the 98SE machine. WHne I go into the network browse from that machine, I See the other 2 PCs but I don't see the printers. I can can print from one XP machine to the other and they are both set up as shared. I tried to load the additional drivers for one of the printers as the properties window for the printer says you have to if using diff operating systems. Put the original CD in , which is for 98 and it keeps saying that the driver isn't there.

I'm a bit lost here. Not a whiz with networks anyway, so any help would be appreciated.
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Question by:drbob101
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by:stevenlewis
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are you trying to add the printers with the add printer wizard, choose network and browse to the shared printer (you did share the printer(s))?
you can also add the printer locally, and then redirect tthe port to the shared printer
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by:drbob101
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I'll just take one printer here not to confuse the issue. On the one XP PC which has the printer, if I go to network neighborhood, and then printers and faxes, the printer is there and has the hand under it (both printers are there with the hand under it).

If i go to the 98SE PC, /network, the network tree is there, when I click on the PC described above, I see the c: drive (which I have markd as shared) but I don't see the printer.

I added the printer to the 98SE machine (loaded the driver), of course it defaulted to LPT1. I didnt see an option to select that this was a network printer when I added it.

Thanks
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by:stevenlewis
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try the add printer wizard again, the second page in you will be given the choice local or network, choose network
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by:drbob101
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I am at work now , but I am on a 98SE machine here. I see the network or local printer selection, but the next sccreen is teh issue. If I browse for the printer , the network tree comes up , but when I click on the PC icon for the machine that has the printer, it isnt there. On that PC it is installed and designated as shared.
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by:drbob101
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I am at work now , but I am on a 98SE machine here. I see the network or local printer selection, but the next sccreen is teh issue. If I browse for the printer , the network tree comes up , but when I click on the PC icon for the machine that has the printer, it isnt there. On that PC it is installed and designated as shared.
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by:ofussyjoe
ID: 8131599
Take note that a printer works on the Network as long it prints from the computer it's connected to. If it doesn't print from that computer, then U'ld better deal with the computer itself.
Follow the steps below:
1. Check if this printer is shared
  Go to Network Places on the 98SE, Double-Click on the XP comp...the printer should show if it is shared, if it shows, double click on the printer and it will be installed on the 98SE. Do the same for the others.
2. Share the printer
  Make sure print sharing is enabled on the XP comps by going to properties of Network. Go to printers - from control Panel (printers and scanners in xp). Right-click on the printer U want to share, click on sharing, share the printer and restart the computer. Go through step 1 again on other computers to install the printer. Try printing again.
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by:drbob101
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The printers both print from the PCs they are connected to.

The prob is that on the 98SE PC, in network places the PC icon is there but when i click on it the printer doesn't show

On the XP PC (w /printer), the printers are there with the hand under them (shared).

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by:stevenlewis
ID: 8132218
try entering the unc path
\\servername\printername
where servername is the name of the machine that the printer is attached to and printername is the name you have given the printer when you shared it
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by:drbob101
ID: 8132481
Here is where I am at:

We will call the XPs # 1 and #2, the Win98SE will be 98SE.

On the XP#2 PC I went into network conn. and I noticed that I had the XP firewall installed, I removed that and I can now see the printer on that PC from the 98SE PC.

I still cannot see the printer  on the  XP PC #1 from the 98SE PC. I CAN see it from the  XP PC #2.

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by:stevenlewis
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what firewall is installed on #1?
what antivirus?
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by:drbob101
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There is no firewall or antivirus on #1. If I go into network conections it just shows the NIC card and it says "enabled".
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by:drbob101
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There is no firewall or antivirus on #1. If I go into network conections it just shows the NIC card and it says "enabled".
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stevenlewis earned 400 total points
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OK< on PC1, unshare the printer, reboot, and then reshare the printer
then on the 98 box, go to add printer, network, and instead of browsing for the printer use the unc path
\\machinename\printername
where machinename is the name of pc1 and printername is the name you gave the printer when you shared it
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by:drbob101
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Thank you for yor help.

I have no idea why redoing the sharing thing worked , but it did. I din't have to type the path, when I went to the 98SE machine and added the printer, it was visible with the browse button.

Thank again
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by:drbob101
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Thank you for yor help.

I have no idea why redoing the sharing thing worked , but it did. I din't have to type the path, when I went to the 98SE machine and added the printer, it was visible with the browse button.

Thank again
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by:stevenlewis
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Glad to help
Steve
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