|If you're saying that you're SURE no matter which of the 4 printers you connect to the computers you STILL have the same problems on the same two of the computers, the ONLY things that can cause that, all else concerning the printers being correct and ~ the same, are |
- you (or whoever) DID NOT install the printer's drivers and associated software on those two computers properly,
- or you (or whoever) DID do that properly, but something interfered with the software installing properly on those two computers.
Both of those situations are COMMON .
Why do I say "printer's drivers and associated software" ?
Printer "drivers" installations are always installing associated software along with the actual drivers. Both the actual drivers and the associated software must be installed properly.
If you follow the printer manufacturer's installation directions exactly, you are installing both of those correctly, when you install the single "drivers" installation.
However, many people don't bother following the directions.
Even if you do that correctly, anti-malware (or third party firewall) software can prevent the software from installing correctly.
First, un-install the drivers and associated software for the printer that you or whoever installed , on the two computers you're having the problems with the printer on.
Second, disable any resident modules in anti-malware software you have installed from running.
Third, install the printer's drivers and associated software the proper way.
1. Un-installing the software.
When you're not using Virtual PC, you do that in XP - Control Panel - Classic view - Add or Remove Programs.
I have no idea where you un-install that when you're using Virtual PC and Win 98SE drivers, unless it's the same as in Win 98SE, when you are in the Win 98SE virtual machine in XP - Settings - Control Panel - Add/Remove Programs.
2. Disable any resident modules in anti-malware software you have installed, in XP !
NOTE that sometimes the resident module(s) of anti-malware programs - a part that runs all the time scanning for suspicious activity - will interfere with the proper installation of third party software, or major Microsoft updates that cannot be installed automatically by Automatic Update, the software will not install properly, and you may get no indication of that at all while installing the software.
To avoid that possibility, you should always DISABLE the resident module(s) of anti-malware programs, BEFORE you install third party software (software other than most Microsoft Updates, etc., that did not come with Windows ), especially when it's a major or complicated software package.
E.g. if you are using the free or paid version of AVG, you should disable the Resident Shield in AVG's 's settings in Windows (in AVG 2012 that's done under the title AntiVirus). In Norton (Symantec) products, there may be several things you need to disable, or set so they don't load for a specific short amount of time.
If you don't know how to do that, tell us which anti-malware software you are using.
When you are sure the software has installed correctly, re-enable the resident module(s).
NOTE that if you have any standalone third party firewall installed, or if your anti-malware software has a third party firewall in it, you should ALSO disable the resident modules(s) for that from running in XP too.
3. Install the software (the printer's drivers and associated software) properly according to the printer manufacturer's directions.
Unless the instructions for installing a device tell you otherwise......
You DO NOT install drivers for a device while booting into Windows, if the software for the device has not been installed yet - when Windows detects a generic device or New Hardware while booting, you allow it to search for drivers, it doesn't find any, and it wants you to show it the location of the drivers - CANCEL that, continue on to the desktop, and install the software for the device using the proper installation from a CD or the proper installation file that you downloaded from the web.
Usually you DO NOT install drivers for a device when Found New Hardware pops up, at any time !
After the software for the device, the printer in this case, has been installed and you're sure it's working properly, Enable any resident modules in anti-malware (or third party firewall) software that you disabled.
If re-installing the software that way doesn't help, I have no idea what your problem is.
Either you're missing something, or something else is wrong. There are lots of possibilities, but from the info you've supplied so far, I can't think of anything else to suggest.
"I have submitted other comments a few minutes ago but I don't know if they went trough."
- Make sure you click on Submit Follow Up at the bottom of the post you composed before you change web pages.
- I don't know if this applies to your case, but I have a Telus ISP connection that requires a connection to the phone line. When I am having problems with noise being picked up on the phone line (it's on poles and was installed in ~ 1959) , my internet connection often becomes poor or stops working - after I have clicked on Submit Follow Up, nothing happens, or there is long, long delay before it happens.
High speed modems usually DO NOT reset themselves to establish a better connection after whatever caused the poor or no connection has gone away - you usually have to re-start the modem to get a good connection again.
The way I cure that problem is to click on stop (the red X in the top bar of IE 8), then I re-start the combo router / modem by unplugging it's DC power plug on the back of it, then plugging it back in, and I wait until the router / modem has it's leds lit up to indicate it has a good connection (up to 5 minutes) , then I click on Submit Followup again.
(If you get a message "Duplicate Follow Up," or similar, your post WAS accepted but the resulting next page didn't appear.)
If you have a DSL or ADSL modem, (or a combo router/ ADSL modem, or Telus's Optic service combo router / modem) that requires a telephone cable connection, I recommend you try the same thing.
If you DO have internet connection problems, it's a good idea to compose your post in Notepad or another word processor, then copy it's contents to your post. If Submit Follow Up doesn't work, you haven't lost what you typed. ( I have, many times.)
"...DLink Rl-604 router..."
You have probably made typos in that.
It's probably supposed to be D-Link DI-604; if my guess is correct, I have several of those that I've used. It has the feature that can test network cable connections built into it's configuration.
"Each of the 4 computers is using Windows XP and Virtual PC 2007. They all run Win 98 SE under the Virtual. They are in network with DLink Rl-604 router. The printers are not on the network."
"Each machine has its onw printer, all the same, HP Laserjet 4, same driver (the one of Win 98)
The network is used for exchanging files, reading, writing, etc and the communication is very good (In all there are 8 computers, 4 real and 4 virtual)"
Obviously File sharing has been enabled.
If it works the same way as for a network of both XP or 2000 and 98SE computers, in Virtual PC ....
If the local network in 98SE is set up to enable File and Printer sharing ,
then you can install a network printer for all the other printers in he local network the computer is not directly connected to in 98SE in Settings - Printers.
The other computer's printers will have the label (printer model) on (the other computer's name label).
The printer doesn't need to have a wired network port or a wireless networking adapter to be able to be used as a network printer - that merely means it can be used over a network - however, all the computers you want be be able to access the printers on must be running in this case.
For a printer connected via a wired network port or wireless network adapter, only one computer in the network has to be running.