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Solved I can't add a network HP printer to my xp

July 29, 2011 at 03:24:02
Specs: Windows XP

The HP was installed before. It started giving trouble because sth. was wrong with the system pooler, so I uninstalled it and deleted the drivers as well.
Now I follow the path through "add a printer" I have tried browsing it and writing the name of the printer but it doesn't work. I reach the path as far as: "Microsoft windows network" but even if I click on it, it starts thinking and then does nothing. Off course, when I click next It says "you need to specify a valid network printer name". Somebody help me out PLEAAAAAASSSE?

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July 30, 2011 at 07:05:48

When the printer model shows up in Printers and Faxes on the computer(s) it is not directly connected to , if it is the only printer listed, the correct listing will be the default printer - it will have a checkmark in a circle beside it.

If there is more than one printer model listed, or more than one listing for the same printer model, if the wrong listing is the default one, if you want the computer(s) the printer is not directly connected to, to be able to print from the printer, you need to RIGHT click on the correct printer model that does NOT have a checkmark in a circle beside it,. and choose Set as Default Printer.

Windows retains the printers listed in Printers and Faxes, even if the listing is no longer valid. If there is more than one printer model listed, or more than one listing for the same printer model, some of the listings may not be valid. When you RIGHT click on the listing - Properties - Print test page - if the printer does not print, it's not a valid listing, or the printer is not presently connected such that the computer can detect it (e.g. the printer is directly connected to another computer in a local network but the computer it is connected to is not running).
You can delete the invalid printer listings individually, or if the printer IS Plug-n-Play detectable, you can delete all the printers listed, or all the printers listed you're not sure about, Restart Windows, then, eventually in the case of a printer not directly connected to the computer, only the valid listings will appear in Printers and Faxes.



#1
July 29, 2011 at 05:35:00

so I uninstalled it and deleted the drivers as well. Did you reinstall the printer before you try to assign it to a network?

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#2
July 29, 2011 at 06:50:07

Well, I never had to do it manually. It downloaded automatically when I got the access to the printer the first time, and I just followed the set up instructions. I was actually hoping to do it the same way because my laptop doesn't have CD access.

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#3
July 29, 2011 at 13:09:24

Do a search for the printer with the search feature if you don't know the name. An IP address should work also.

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#4
July 29, 2011 at 21:24:19

You must install the software properly on whatever computer the printer is direrctly connected to.

If it's connected via a USB cable, you DO NOT plug the USB cable into the printer until AFTER you have installed software for the printer.
Sometimes you are prompted to plug that in after some of the software is installed.

You DO NOT install the drivers for the printer on that computer when Found New Hardware pops up for the printer, BEFORE you have installed the software for the printer.
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Once the printer works fine on the computer it is directly connected to...

If you want that printer to be a network printer on another computer in the same network.....

- in XP and 2000, you DO NOT have to install software for the printer, or use Add a printer, on any of the computers the printer is not directly connected to, unless the printer is NOT Plug-n-Play detectable.
E.g. If it is connected via a USB cable, it IS Plug-n-Play detectable.
If it is connected via a parallel connection and a parallel port, it is NOT Plug-n-Play detectable.

Assuming that the printer IS Plug-n-Play detectable.....

- if File and Printer Sharing is enabled on all the computers in the same network that you want to use the printer with.....
(e.g. if all the computers are on a local network, e.g. connected to the same router, when you set up a local network on each computer in Windows, that's when you can enable File and Printer Sharing.)

- the drivers needed for the printer will be automatically copied (from the computer the vprinter is directly connected to) to all the computers that are running that the printer is not directly connected to over the network, but it takes a short time for that to happen, the faster the computers are, the faster the network connection is, the less time that takes. E.g. it may take 15 minutes.

- the printer model will automatically appear in Printers and Faxes on the computers the printer is not directly connected to as an AUTO (network) printer, but that takes a short time intially. You can often initially print from the other computers the printer is not directly connected to before that appears.
E.g. that may take 30 minutes
You may need to Restart all the computers for that to appear.


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July 30, 2011 at 07:05:48
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When the printer model shows up in Printers and Faxes on the computer(s) it is not directly connected to , if it is the only printer listed, the correct listing will be the default printer - it will have a checkmark in a circle beside it.

If there is more than one printer model listed, or more than one listing for the same printer model, if the wrong listing is the default one, if you want the computer(s) the printer is not directly connected to, to be able to print from the printer, you need to RIGHT click on the correct printer model that does NOT have a checkmark in a circle beside it,. and choose Set as Default Printer.

Windows retains the printers listed in Printers and Faxes, even if the listing is no longer valid. If there is more than one printer model listed, or more than one listing for the same printer model, some of the listings may not be valid. When you RIGHT click on the listing - Properties - Print test page - if the printer does not print, it's not a valid listing, or the printer is not presently connected such that the computer can detect it (e.g. the printer is directly connected to another computer in a local network but the computer it is connected to is not running).
You can delete the invalid printer listings individually, or if the printer IS Plug-n-Play detectable, you can delete all the printers listed, or all the printers listed you're not sure about, Restart Windows, then, eventually in the case of a printer not directly connected to the computer, only the valid listings will appear in Printers and Faxes.


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