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Help getting printer working with laptop in wireless network

PC with printer attached is Windows XP Home SP2. Running McAfee. Printers have "enable sharing" turned on (the little hand icon appears). Laptop is Vista Home Premium. Running Norton. When I tell the laptop to search for printers on the wireless network, it never finds them.

I should note that my previous laptop (Windows XP) never had an issue connecting to the same PC's same printers that I am trying to connect to now. Very strange. Is this a Vista -> XP issue? I have poked around in the McAfee setting and I don't see anything obviuos blocking the printer sharing. Also, as I mentioned, it worked fine with my old laptop, and I haven't touched the McAfee settings.
Thanks

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Did you install that Vista thing?

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There's a special thing to be installed for it to cooperate in a mixed Vista XP setup. See the forum sticky.

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Vista thing

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Interesting. I don't know about this Vista thing. I'll try and find it in the sticky and give it a whirl.

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Forum sticky

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Still can't find printers

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OK, I installed that patch on the XP machine via the link to Microsoft in the sticky. Restarted the pc and checked on the laptop...still doesn't find the shared printers plugged into the PC. The PC DOES show up on the Vista network map. However, when I click the PC's icon, it just opens up Media Player and accesses the media I have on that computer (which I was able to do before that patch as well).
Help!

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Oh, you have norton.

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It's firewall is likely blocking it. And it will do little good to disable it since in some versions even disabled it still blocks the share.

-> Go try NETWORK MAGIC too.

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Anyone?

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Norton is on the laptop that I'm trying to search with. I have "share printers and folders" enabled. Anyone know a step by step I can follow to be able to print from my laptop?

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The steps are too many.

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While we can cover accounts, permissions, firewalls and more PLEASE go try Network Magic. The demo is free and often corrects what was overlooked.
Bob

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Network Magic?

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Will this program interfere/overwrite, or conflict with Norton in any way?
Which machine do I need to run this thing on, the PC or the laptop?

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(NT) Please try it.

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Question about network magic

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Will this program interfere/overwrite, or conflict with Norton in any way?
Which machine do I need to run this thing on, the PC or the laptop?

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Let's hope it does!

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Norton is likely the reason you haven't got it working.

Again, Network Magic removes the need for you to learn about accounts, permissions, firewalls, network names and more. If you want to do it manually, please check each area in depth.

Bob

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Only "Media Devices" recognized

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In case it helps, I want to reinforce that even after I installed the "vista thing" on the xp machine, my laptop shows the pc as "Media Devices"...not like a real computer I can click into and brose te shared folders and printers, like I used to be able to do with my old xp laptop.
If I click the PC's icon, it just opens WMP because it thinks it's a Media Device!

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another thing

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Also, the PC can see the laptop fine, and all of its shared folders...just not the laptop->PC (and hence the printers)

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