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Cannot share printer on network; others cannot see my comp.

by ahw30045 / August 2, 2004 1:14 AM PDT

I am using Windows XP Pro and my family are using Windows XP Home on our family network (based on DSL wideband with LinkSys DSL router).

I can see the files on all of the computers, but they cannot see my Shared Files (or that I am even on the Network). I can print on my husband's printer (connected directly to his computer and not otherwise connected on the network). But I cannot even share my local printer (cheap Lexmark Z23). I right click my printer and click share, and I get this message: "Printer settings could not be saved. Operation could not be completed."

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Re: Cannot share printer on network; others cannot see my co
by Sovereign Forum moderator / August 2, 2004 2:14 AM PDT

Are you all in one workgroup?

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Re: Cannot share printer on network; others cannot see my co
by ahw30045 / August 2, 2004 4:40 AM PDT

Yes, all in the same workgroup and properly named

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Re: Cannot share printer on network; others cannot see my co
by Sovereign Forum moderator / August 2, 2004 7:23 AM PDT

Yes it might be your firewall... not necessarily the one from Win XP but ZoneAlarm for example. Because if you can see them but they can't see you, you know it's a setting on your PC.

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Re: Cannot share printer on network; others cannot see my co
by Yew / August 2, 2004 2:31 AM PDT

Turn off XP's firewall, and all should be well.

You can poke the requisit holes in ICF, but if you don't already at least know what IPSec is, then don't bother. Disable it, and get a different firewall if you feel you need to have one.

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Re: Cannot share printer on network; others cannot see my co
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 2, 2004 3:34 AM PDT

ahw,

In addition to the other good suggestions, make sure that "File and Printer Sharing" are installed and Enabled/CHECKED on the XP Pro machine. Open the "Control Panel", double click on the "Network Conections" icon, RIGHT click on the "LAN Connection" icon, choose "Properties". I believe the "General" tab will indicate whether "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks" has been installed. Make sure there is a CHECK mark in the box next to it. If the CHECK mark is missing, replace it. If it's not installed, you'll need to add the "Service".

Hope this helps.

Grif

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