Posted on 2013-10-01
Here is the situation - Desktop computer with Windows XP and an HP printer attached via USB cable. Initially we had one laptop with Windows 7 that could access the printer on the wireless home network. The motherboard in the laptop had to be replaced and after that repair was complete I verified the connection to the printer and printed a test page. Now a new laptop has been purchased so I have the original desktop cabled to the Internet, the printer connected with the USB cable and two laptops running Windows 7 both connecting through a wireless router.
After verifying the connection to the printer with the first laptop and printing a test page I then made the connection to the printer with the second laptop. It found the printer and connected to it but when I tried to print a test page nothing printed. There were no errors just no output from the printer. Then I went back to the first laptop and I can no longer print from it. The printer is still showing as installed but I get the same thing - no output from the printer.
All 3 computers are in the same workgroup - MSHOME - the printer is set to share and sharing is turned on on both laptops. What am I missing here? Why have I lost the ability to print via the wireless connection?