|I have a Canon iP3600 printer plugged in to a desktop computer, running Windows XP. The printer is set up to be shared and several devices around the house are connected to it, via WiFi, including my old Acer laptop.|
The Acer is running Windows Vista and happily prints remotely, provided the XP desktop is on, of course. However, my Acer is now dying and I've replaced it with a Dell laptop, running Windows 7.
I've set the new Dell up to use the printer directly, via the USB cable. No problem. However, when I try to connect the Dell remotely, via wifi, when I use the 'Add printer' facility I've used a hundred times before, when I do it on this computer, the wizard reports it cannot find a driver.
I also get this problem on our eMachines laptop, running Vista, and another desktop machine also running Vista. However, an HP laptop running Windows 7 upgrade, several Android phones, games machines etc. can all print remotely, quite happily.
It doesn't appear to be anything to do with the signal - I've tried practically sitting on top of the printer, and practically sitting on top of the Router, with no problems. And attempting to direct the 'Add printer' wizard to another driver doesn't seem to work either. It just seems a bit thick. "Duh, can't see printer driver!" How about the one under your flippin' computer eyes then? No?
Has anyone any ideas? It's not that going downstairs and plugging in the printer USB is inconvenient, but it's... boring. Plus it results in my kids fighting to use the XP to do their homework.
P.S. The wifi is a BT Business Broadband ADSL network. The router is the BT one supplied. It appears to work fine, albeit a tad slowly due to us living in a village.