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Windows 98 network share print back to same pc

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I need to re-direct a tcp printer on a pc back to itself using windows printer sharing. PC has a TCP printer, I need to share the printer and connect back it to it as a windows network printer - map it back to itself. I know you can share a folder on a PC and then map a drive to it - on the same pc. I need to do this with a printer - it looks like the only way I can get it to print on a terminal server client setup. TS wants a LPT port, if I can map the printer back to itself, I can then capture it as a LPT port.

When I try this I get an error looking to install "FINSTALL.DLL" which is no where to be found on the Windows CD. Also it is asking for a password for the printer!! (printer is shared with no password) and refers to letter X: like it's trying to map a drive to a folder (path something like \\computername\printer$ or something)!!

Ideas appreciated.

George
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It is not possible to create a network connection to a device shared on the same computer in Windows 98.
You need a windows XP/2000 to do that.
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Thanks for the information - I suspected that because of similar situations I have run into. Example: on a Windows98(SE) I can self-map back to a folder by IP but not by NetBIOS name (I have done this, it works, I was running a whole network one time using this setup due to a VB6 program install package and the way app.ini was setup - some W98 machines were acting as "hosts" for an Access database, the clients mapped to the "host" but the host had to self-map back to itself because it also was used as a "client" to self); on A NT machine I can self-map back to a folder by NetBIOS name.

The only way I can get it to work is to go thru another pc - share tcp printer as a windows printer on pc1, connect to the shared printer from pc2, capture the windows path as LPT1 on pc2; then reverse the process for the other pc2 to pc1. Then TS will print to the captured LPT on pc1, bounce to pc2 and print to the tcp printer wherever it is; repeat the process on pc2 - pc2 LPT captured to pc1 printer path and then goes to the exact same tcp printer!!

Out of luck for Terminal Server with W98 tcp printers if you don't have a "buddy" to re-direct the path to!!

Thanks
George
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The fact, we can not redirect printer to the same machine, is not a proof it can not be done.
Maybe, there is someone, who knows how to do it.
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