addressing printer from local and remote application

keith66miners
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Hi,
I have a serial printer attached (as plug and play) to LPT1 with 64 bit drivers on a windows 7 box. So when Devices and Printers is selected it shows as TallyGen. This printer is shared with other PCs. On them  when Devices and Printers is selected it shows as "TallyGen on PC1".
My application (running on PC2) using Crystal XI and VB6 allows users to choose which printer they require and that established the report name (by adding "T" to the front if the report is to be printed on TallyGen on PC1).
Each report has had at design stage three versions
reportA - to use a view only
LP_reportA - to use on PC1 (directly accessing TallyGen)
TLP_reportA - to use on PC2 (accessing "TallyGen on PC1)

So reportA and TLP_reportA both work; however LP_reportA doesn't (logon failure at print time).

So is there any way to set up both access points on PC1 so that  when Devices and Printers is selected it shows both "TallyGen" and "TallyGen on PC1"?

Keith
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You don't need to manage the printers. All you need is to tell Crystal engine to print on the printer you want.

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Sorry - I don't understand - how do I get away without managing the printer?
I'm afraid you don't understand what you've read.
Keith
This problem has been sorted by connecting the parallel printer to a USB port on the server. Then all pc's addressing the printer do so as "tallygen on server"

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This has been the process that worked. It appears as though windows 7 is not as clever as windows 2000 or XP which would allow a printer to be both via a local or network connection.

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