Cannot share printer

September 25, 2008 at 08:24:12
Specs: Vista SP1, 2.2, 3g
I have 2 hp computers on a home network and I'm trying to share an hp d2400 printer. I went through finding the network printer on the no. 2 machine over and over but won't detect it. Both comps have Norton Internet security firewall plus the windows firewall on. I've been checking around and wonder if this might be the problem? Thanks.

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September 25, 2008 at 12:47:03

Are you using Vista OS in both the computers.

Is the computers are connected to the router
or a switch.

What is the Ip address that you are getting
in both the computers?

Are you able to ping between the computers?

If you are not able to ping between the
Computers, Turn off the firewall and the
Internet security in both the Computers.

Make sure both the computers are in the same

Once you disable the firewall try to share a
file and check you are able to access that
files in other Computer.

If you are able to access the files then try
to share the printer.

Thanks and Regards,


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September 25, 2008 at 13:28:12
Connected through a netgear router with cable broadband (modem?), usb wireless adapter on 2nd computer.
Now the 2nd computer will not connect to the internet, only to the router, and the network says 'local' only.
I could not ping either one. How do I get both comps in the same domain?

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September 26, 2008 at 03:40:51
Have you stopped any services in your PCs so as to make them run faster ?

There are several services that must be running for the networking to work. TCP/IP NetBIOS helper service is one of them. Print Spooler service must also be running.

All PCs must have the same work group name. It is not important how you connect your PCs to the modem/switch, wireless or wired.

Then all you must do is, run the printer setup wizard and select network printer and type in the path " \\NAME of PC to which printer is connected\NAME of Prınter " (without quotes).

You must make your firewall allow the connection. I use Vista firewall with default settings and it does what it must do without asking me.

By the way, Vista is very capable of finding network printers.

Hope the above helps.



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September 28, 2008 at 08:53:15
After a few days of going back and forth, it finally works. It happened all of sudden, seems things got better after I allowed Norton's trust control through on both computers, then after identifying everything correctly, I saw the host on the network and was able to go directly to the printer and added it(after installing the driver of course). Thanks for everything.

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