Samsung ML-3050 Laser Printer not connecting locally on Windows 7.

Posted on 2013-01-17
Last Modified: 2013-02-22

I have an XP machine currently connected to a Samsung printer and works fine. This printer is set up to be shared through the XP machine.

I have also created a seperate Windows 7 PC and connected the machine to the printer locally and attempted to set up. I've installed drivers & ran through the set up wizard on Windows 7 to get it connected, it connects fine and says the printer is "Available", but when I try and print I keep getting an error in the print queue and nothing prints, nor does a test page.

I then thought to try and connect and print from the Windows 7 machine through the XP machine as it's shared. For some reason this has worked, so i'm presuming this shouldn't be a driver issue as it's working if I print through the shared XP machine.

Any ideas would be grateful.

Question by:freds_It
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Expert Comment

ID: 38786338
Shared printing can be a nightmare between different OS's

I presume this is a USB printer ?

Personally I would look to see if the printer has a network card built in and set it up through TCP/IP printing.  

If it doesn't have a network card built in I would purchase a print server. This way you don't have to have a pc turned on sharing the printer out, and each pc's config for printing is completely seperate from each other and it rules out problems with mixed OS's

Author Comment

ID: 38786547
choicecomputers, thanks for your reply.

But basically, the shared printing is working perfectly fine between the 2 OS', it's setting up the printer locally on the Windows 7 machine via USB that i'm having the problem with, even though it works perfectly fine when connecting through the XP machine sharing the printer.

and yes this is a USB printer, but unfortunately has no network card, otherwise it would definitely be set up as a network printer.

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Expert Comment

ID: 38787049
i Hope the right printer is set as a default printer.

Can try this fixit

Restart system and check.


Author Comment

ID: 38787072
Thanks Ded9,

I'll try this fix and let you know how it goes.

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Expert Comment

ID: 38788226
will it allow you to bring up the properties for the shared printer that works and change the port to USB ?

Sometimes setting up network printers I install them as locally as LPT1: say and then swap the port to point to the network if I am having problems

Author Comment

ID: 38813472
Unfortunately not no, I did look into that though.

Still no luck with this issue.

thanks anyways, choicecomputers.

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choicecomputers earned 500 total points
ID: 38815296
try adding any samsung printer from the list included by windows on usb port, then once installed change the driver to the ml-3050 from the pulldown under advanced in the printer properties

Author Comment

ID: 38867690
I'll give this a go later today/monday morning.


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