Networking Printers with WinXP and Win98

I have a LAN, in which most of the computers are windows 98 based, but a few have Windows XP. All of the computers are using one central Printer, a HP4050 series, which is connected to a machine via a LPT port on a win98 system. All of the win98 systems can print with no problem, and the winXP can see the printer on the machine, but cannot use it, it just locks the systems up or constantly says connecting. Any ideas?
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night_monkeyCommented:
which computer are you sharing the printer from?

=^)
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dbenton2003Author Commented:
im sharing the printer from a win98 machine, its a compaq. It has no problems serving the other 98 machines with printer access, just the xp, and i cant attach the printer to a xp machine, its a classroom, and the teacher wont upgrade =P. I could give the printer an IP, but im still not sure on how to get printer access to the XP machines.
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sr75Commented:
is it using the drivers for windows XP or for Windows 98?  Windows XP sees the printer as a software program..the Print Device is what is commonly referred to as a printer.
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night_monkeyCommented:
as sr75 has pointed out, drivers may be an issue. when you (attempted) to setup the printer on the xp machines, did you have the drivers handy already?
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cmrayerCommented:
The easiest, though not cheapest, would be to put a NIC in the printer (jetdirect) and then all of the PCs could access the printer directly releasing the 98PC for other duties.
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Do you have the money for a printer network card?  - If so I'd like the points please
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