lost wireless network printing capability

I have a desktop that connects to the internet thru a lynksys router connected via a cable modem.  The desktop has a Dell printer connected to it via a usb cable.  A laptop accesses the internet wirelessly via the lynksys router and used to be able to print to the printer connected to the desktop.  The connection was lost one day and no matter what I try to do I cannot get the printer to work from the laptop.  Although it seems to be able to see the printer when I try to print I get a message that there is no communication betwen the 2.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi njl3,

are you able to ping the desktop machine? if you start - run - \\desktop-name can you see the printer? if yes then right click and connect to recconect

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