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Printer can be seen, but cannot print on network

by merjazz89 / March 28, 2005 7:35 AM PST

I have two computers, one running XP Pro and one running ME. They are connected on a network
through a router. They can both access the internet and each other files. I have the printer
(Lexmark Z45) connected to the XP computer. Now I've installed drivers on both machines, and added the printer to the ME computer(the computer w/o printer). Now when I try and print it says "Communication Not Avaliable" something like that. When I goto my printers folder (from control panel>>printers) i can see the printer there, I CAN CLICK ON IT AND IT OPENS
THE PRINT JOB WINDOW (THE ONE WHERE ALL THE PRINT JOBS APPEAR). This is what I did>> I went to my XP(has printer connected to it) and started to print something, but then I paused it from the Print Job Window. I went to the ME computer and opened the print job window and I saw the paused print job. So thats the problem, i cant print, YET i can see the print jobs being made and the print job window. Any suggestions...thanks in advance

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Check the printer properties page to see...
by Michael Geist / March 29, 2005 5:40 AM PST

if the printer has been set to share. A little hand will appear under the icon for the printer to indicate sharing.

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new info
by merjazz89 / March 29, 2005 8:45 AM PST

ya the hand appears...

i just got some interesting info>> i have another computer running in total 3 comps (2 me, 1 xp) and i connected the printer to the me and the other me could print to it..

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XP's firewall is up and running....
by Michael Geist / March 29, 2005 8:55 AM PST
In reply to: new info

look on the Exceptions tab and enable F&P sharing.

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still not working
by merjazz89 / April 1, 2005 6:53 AM PST

i do not have xp's firewall enabled

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Rereading your post gives me another....
by Michael Geist / April 1, 2005 11:25 AM PST
In reply to: still not working

idea. Have you looked in the Printers folder on the ME machine to see which port the printer is printing to? If it shows anything other then a network location, this may explain the problem. When the printer is added via the Add Printer wizard, you must choose a network printer location, if not a local port may be used.

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