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How to connect 2 pc's to the same printer.

by ussbexar / November 27, 2012 12:59 AM PST

We have a wireless network and both pc's are connected to it. We are both running Windows XP and I have tried to set up sharing but my wife still can't use it, the machines are only separated by a wall and about 4 feet.

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Clarification Request
XP? I have to take your word.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 27, 2012 1:19 AM PST

XP had severe deficiencies in networking (no WPA/WPA2 USB2 support).

There is also an issue where the firewall in the router can block this. Since both are connecting to the router, I don't expect this to be a distance issue.

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Err msg? Can wife's PC "see" the printer?
by wpgwpg / November 27, 2012 11:16 PM PST

When you look at the printers on your wife's PC, does it show the shared printer? Have you turned File and Printer sharing on both PCs? Is the shared printer marked as the default one? Does she get an error message? If so, please post the exact text of that message. Exactly what happens when she tries to print?

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by Willy / November 27, 2012 1:12 AM PST

Prove it's not the wall by moving the PC into direct sight of the server. Sometimes that's all it takes and then you figure how the wall is stopping the signal. Next, all rules for networking apply, so recheck it all and take nothing for granted. Of course, be sure whatever networking assets do work and are a good fit. Under the problem XP PC, does it "see" the network at all? Small details do matter, so discount anything. The topic I'm sure is well discussed, maybe a quick google search. Here's one:

tada ------Willy Happy

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Setup Disk
by sunwatcher / November 27, 2012 10:36 PM PST

Have you run the printer's setup disk on your wife's PC? Sometimes that's all it takes to get it working properly.

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