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can't connect to HP Laserjet 4000n network printer from new XP machine

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There are three Windows 2000 machines on the network that can all print to the printer.  The printer has an IP address assigned to it and it is plugged directly into the router.  

How can I set up this printer to print from the 4th computer I just bought with XP Home?   When I try the "add new printer" wizard", and let it "search" for a connected printer, it doesn't find it.  

When I go into "my network places" and "view workgroup computers", I can browse to one of the three computers on the network, go into that "printers and faxes" folder, and see the printer.  I can right-click on it and choose "connect", but it says that it doesnt' have the correct driver.  I've tried downloading the lj4000 driver from the HP website, but all it does is unzip some files into a folder...it never goes thru any installation procedure.  Besides, I don't want to connect to it thru another machine anyway, because I want to to be able to print directly to it, like the other machines do.

Please help me set this up!

Thanks!
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You can add the printer using the IP address.

Run the Add a Printer Wizard --> Select "Local printer attached to this computer (untick atuomatically install...) --> Select "Create a new port" and then "Standard TCP/IP Port" --> Next --> Now type the IP address of the printer in the top section. Windows should create the port and ask you to install the driver for it, so point it towards the driver you got from the HP website
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Oh, I should add it as a LOCAL printer!!??  Never tried that.  I will give it a shot in a few hours and let you know.  thanks!
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Windows is like that... you expect "Local" to mean "Connected directly to the PC", but if you go in there you get the option of creating ports!
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That was so easy, I feel like an idiot!  Thanks for helping me out, it worked exactly as you said.  I love a day when I learn something new.
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