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Cannot use network printer.

by mphilip / October 9, 2004 11:43 AM PDT

I have my Brother MFC 4800 connected to my Desktop with Win 98 OS. I have a new laptop connected by wireless network. But I cannot detect the printer on the home computer. I have tried to download the driver for XP, but does not help. How can I connect to my printer

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Re: Cannot use network printer.
by Michael Geist / October 9, 2004 12:08 PM PDT

Is the printer set to be shared within the Win98 printer folder?

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Re: Cannot use network printer.
by Merl Priester / October 10, 2004 12:52 AM PDT

As the other post noted, you need to SHARE the printer.
In windows 98 if sharing is not offered when you right-click the printer in the printers folder, you need to enable print sharing.

Control Panel -> Network then click file and print sharing and check the box required then OK.

After a reboot, share the printer.

Next, this is my standard routine when the two computers are not the same OS, install the printer directly to the laptop, since you will need XP drivers installed instead of 98 drivers.

Then reconnect the printer to the 98 machine, and then try doing the network install. This way the XP box has the drivers installed already. You can then remove the local printer, just don't let it delete the files if it asks.

This may or may not work, since there are usually monitoring software that are trying to connect at boot.

If you have too may problems you can always remove the software or disable the monitor software in MSCONFIG.

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