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Using XP Pro SP2, with 2 laptops running XP Home SP2.

Trying to get my 2 laptops to share my desktop printer (Epson Stylus CX6600 connected by USB).
After plenty of messing around, managed to get it installed onto one laptop.

Trying to print - the job gets sent to the printer (can view it using desktop) - the size usually shows a bit short, ie, 11.8Kb/12.6KB.  The "Owner" of the job always says "Guest" - not sure if that makes a difference.

And so cannot print. I can print fine off the desktop itself, so printer is installed ok. Print spooler is on for both machines and they can ping each other no probs... File & Internet sharing is working fine between the machines.

Does anyone know why it's not sending the full job to print?
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by:NAORC
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Is the windows firewall turned off on all machines?
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by:MineshK
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Yep, no firewalls/AV installed.  WIndows Firewall switched off, MS Client and File/Print Sharing On.
NetBIOS over TCP/IP enabled (static IP).
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by:RA123987
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right click my computer and choose properties.  Then click on the computer name tab and make sure all of the machines are joined to the same workgroup.  

After you do that go in to the user accounts and verify you have the same username and password on all of the devices trying to print.  If the username or passwords are different, the machine with the printer connected will not allow the other machines to authenticate properly.  

 
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by:Zolghadri
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Disable your firewall
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by:ShadowBlade72
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Start - Control Panel - Network and Internet Connections - Network Connections - Right Click on "ocal Area Connection" - Properties - TCP/IP - Install - Protocol - Add - Install all three protocols listed there. Do this on all the systems in the workgroup.

It seems a problem with XP and workgroups will most of the time not function correctly without these protocols installed. I have setup a network at home where I have three computers in a workgroup (One XP Home system, which the printer is hooked to, and two wireless laptops.). For a while nothing would work, I couldnt see the laptops from my desktop, but my laptops could see the desktop in the workgroup. Then it would print sometimes, and others it wouldnt. I did lots of tinkering and eventually ended up stumbling on this, installed these and everything worked.

Hope this helps.

(This is like the 5th time I've posted this ^_^. Seems everyone is having a problem with thier workgroup not identifying other computers in the workgroup, or other errors.)
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by:MineshK
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@ RA123987

Workgroup names are the same.  The usernames aren't tho - On the desktop, the username is Administrator and cannot be changed (Due to .NET Framework).  On one laptop, it's not the same, but cannot be named to that, as there is already one of that name (which I cannot login to at startup).

@ ShadowBlade72

Worth a try, but didn't make any difference.  Now I have Netware login at startup, lol.
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by:MineshK
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Just added a new account to the desktop, to match that of the laptop, still no joy.
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by:MineshK
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Problem sorted - Renamed printer name on desktop - then reinstalled it on each laptop, and it worked fine!

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