|If the printer is directly connected to an XP computer, if it is Shared, all other XP computers will find it on the network automatically, and the other XP computers will get the drivers from the computer that is directly connected to the computer over the network. You do not need to use Add Printer on the other XP computers. On all the 98SE computers, you must install the printer as a Network printer, NOT a local printer, and when you do that you must install the drivers for the printer on each 98SE computer.|
With the printer directly to an XP computer, on a Win 98SE computer, go to Control Panel - Printers
There should be an icon for the printer there with it's name if you have installed it.
The printer must have the checkmark on it designating it as default.
RIGHT click on the printer name, select Properties
The Port should be a network path to the printer on the XP machine it is directly connected to.
If it says LPTx, you have installed it as a local printer, not a Network printer.
If that's not correct, or if the network path is incorrect, click on Add port, set it to Network if it isn't already set that way, then Browse to the correct location - you don't want "Printer" - that just indicates the other computer is designated to share a printer, and will show up even if there is no printer xconnected to it - you want the name it is shared as on the computer it is directly connected to.
NOTE that 98SE can be SLOW to respond to changes sometimes when you make changes to network settings. Sometimes you just have to WAIT, or you may have to reboot, then WAIT.