Problems with Networked Printer and Drivers

Dell INSPIRON 1520
April 26, 2009 at 17:15:38
Specs: Windows Vista
I am trying to create a wireless home network with the following machines.
Compaq EvoN610 with XP
Dell Inspiron 1520 with Vista
DLink DSL 504T
DLink DI 524
Canon Pixma MP500
The printer is connected to the Compaq.

I am having problems printing from the Dell. I can see the printer, but when I go to add it, I get a notice saying that the printer driver must be installed on my Dell. I don't understand this as the printer used to connected directly to the Dell and worked fine. I know the driver is there.

In that same box, there is an option to "Install Driver." When I click this option, the computer just runs and runs, but eventually says "Not Responding" and I have to close the operation. I found some advice on the Microsoft website telling me how to bypass this problem. When adding a new printer, I selected "Local" and was able to locate the printer connected to the Compaq. I went through the process and successfully printed a test page. The printer was added, and I made it the default.

When I go to print a document, the new printer name shows up as an option, but when I click "Print", I get the same notice telling me I have to install the driver on the machine. And alas, when I click "Install Driver", I get the same problem and the computer shows that the operation is "Not Responding."

How do I resolve this problem and get my Dell to understand that the driver is installed? Do I need to delete the printer from the Dell?


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April 26, 2009 at 19:11:59
Let's start with the network configuration before we get to the printer. I assume you have 2 routers to add wireless capabilities to the network. I would disable DHCP & use static IPs. Make sure that everything is on the same subnet & that both routers don't have the same IP address. That goes for the machines too. Which machine is wireless?

If the printer is connected to the Compaq, then it's really a shared printer, not a network printer. That means file & printer sharing has to be enabled. I would also put both machines on the same workgroup.

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