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2 PC connect together, 1 PC can use another PC printer event that PC is offiline but printer is on?

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Hi all Experts,

I am currently connect 2 PC together without using Hub. My question is, can i use another PC printer event that PC is offiline/Shut down already but the printer is on?

Both PCs are using Windows XP Professional. That Printer model is HP Laser Jet 1010

Thank you for helping.
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by:Tele_tech
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no... the printer port that your print is connected to is not being controled by anything... as well as the NICS are not powered....  
to use the printer.. the PC is is connected to MUST be turned on.  IF it is shared and setup correctly you may not have to be logged into it..but it must be on.

if you need a printer on either PC when one is off.... there are switches that can give you the option of changing the connection.. or you could get a hub and a printer server... HP 150 or an Axis one....  then the printer would be on the network and could be printed to no matter who was turned off....  
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by:Scouser007
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No, not if the printer is connected to the shutdown PC by a parallel port.  Some printers have a LAN card on them so they can exist on a network as there own entity with there own IP address so they are independant of a server or PC so you can do that move.
My set up at home involves 4 PCs, one of the PCs has the printer hooked up to it by a parallel port and has all of the drivers installed.  The other 3 I set the printer up as a network printer, however if I shutdown the PC with the printer connected to it printing is impossible (there is no signal going through the parallel port).
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You could also get a parallel port switch box (automatic), and connect your printer to that, and the two computers to the box. When you hit print, the switchbox will automatically pipe the data to the printer. That way, the other PC need not be on.
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Great idea!
I was looking into those boxes a while back, I had heard a rumor that they are not very stable when you use both PC's.  Probably a good option though I think they cost around $40 with 2 inputs.  No-Logic have you had any experience using them?
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by:No-Logic
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Yes I've used them on many machines at many different sites. They always work very well, but if it is a manual switch-box, then you have to be careful. If you have the wrong printer selected, and print using the wrong printer drivers then the printer can print a lot of garbage and you just have to power-cycle the printer. That's about all that can go wrong.

I used to have one that had about 8 different inputs, and 1 output for the printer, and it was all automatic. Worked like a charm for 2 years+ !
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