HP LaserJet 1200 Printing Problem w/Vista

Posted on 2009-04-26
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
Have HP Lasejet 1200 attached to my XP Home  SP3 computer. Unable to map to the printer with my Vista laptop and print. How do I fix this. I have tried down loading Vista print drivers to my HP Home  computer without any luck
Question by:gbeamer
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    by:John Hurst
    To isolate whether it is a mapping problem or whether it is a driver problem, temporarily attach the printer to your Vista laptop and see if it will install and work properly. I do assume on the XP computer that you enabled Print Sharing, and I do assume you check the firewall settings on both computers to make sure each computer allows the other. ... Thinkpads_User

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    I have already attached the Printer to the Vista laptop and it printed fine. I am able to map may XP laptop to the XP Desktop and print just fine. I also have a HP 5550 printer attached to another XP Desktop and I am unable to map to that printer either with the Vista  laptop.  I  am able to share files between the two computers so I am guessing that the firewall is not an issue.
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    I map most printers just fine with my Vista Business 64-bit ThinkPad. In the one instance (a Brother Printer) where that did not work, I installed the 64-bit driver to my Vista machine, and then mapped by IP address because it would not map by name.

    You might try two things:
    1. Try mapping by IP address.
    2. If all else fails, consider a print server for your printer.

    ... Thinkpads_User

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    I elected to get a wireless print server.
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    by:John Hurst
    Glad that worked. My home print server works a treat. ... Thinkpads_User

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