Print Share between laptop and PC

Hewlett-packard Photosmart c6380 all-in-...
December 6, 2009 at 07:10:17
Specs: Windows Vista
Set up a print share across a LAN between a laptop and PC (both running Vista, but PC is 64bit). The test pages print fine from the laptop across the network, but no other documents will print (eg word docs or web pages). The printer window on the main PC shows the document for a split second with a status of "spooling" then disappears and nothing prints. Any suggestions as to how to fix this problem?

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#1
December 6, 2009 at 12:05:07
What does the laptop printer properties/ports have listed for a port?

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#2
December 6, 2009 at 12:47:34
I'm not sure as I was setting it up for someone else at the time and wanted to find the fix and go back to him to fix it. I can tell you that from word it printed to "Where: USB001" - I'm assuming this means the laptop thinks it is connected directly to the laptop's USB port and needs to be told to print through the wireless adapter? I'm just not sure where this is changed...

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#3
December 7, 2009 at 11:16:05
The solution is to share the printer on the pc.
To print to it from the laptop the port has to be
\\pcname\printersharename not lpt or usb since that is local not networked.

going thru wireless has nothing to do with the issue. this is a print sharing and access issue.
you get to ports by going to the printer properties


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#4
December 7, 2009 at 12:33:09
its not that i checked it. It was always printing to \\computer\printer.

i've given up now, just going back to transferring via USB stick then printing from that. Since the PC has to be on anyway might as well only make 1 trip rather than 2...


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#5
December 7, 2009 at 12:39:35
firewalls on both set to allow file and print sharing?
you don't mention a router. Are you doing ad-hoc wireless?

I thought you were doing this for a friend? Might be better if the friend posted so we can get a clear view as to what is going on.


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