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Printer Sharing for Dummies...and *I'm* the Dummy!

by *Stargazer77* / February 20, 2008 7:52 AM PST

Hi everyone, I need some help. I want to set up a printer share for a laptop. I have a wireless router hardwired to a desktop (running Vista Home Premium). I can wirelessly print from a 2nd desktop (XP) and a laptop (Vista HP). I just got a new Toshiba laptop (Vista HP) and I'd like to set that up to print wirelessly as well. I just don't know how to do it. On the new laptop I tried to go to control panel --> hardware and sound --> add a printer --> add a network, wireless or bluetooth printer, but the search comes up with no available printers (even though the wired desktop and printer are turned on). Any help given would be appreciated!

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Can You 'See' The Printer?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 20, 2008 8:11 AM PST

First, let's make this clearer for me.. At this point, you're trying to print from the new Toshiba Vista laptop to the wired Vista desktop. Is that correct?

If so and IF you can "see" the printer from the Toshiba laptop, then try adding the printer as a "LOCAL" printer.. (Yes, I know that is' a network machine but Vista is a little quirky about that.)Then, finally, per another post in the Networking forum:

Go to Control Panel. Choose printer. Then choose Add Printer.

Choose Add a local printer. Click on Create a new port. The default in the drop down box is Local Port. Do not change that. Click Next.

A dialogue box will appear asking for you to enter a port name. Type in the \\computer name\printer name ie. My computer's name is "basement" and the printer name is EpsonSty so I typed in \\basement\epsonsty

Hope this helps.


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I can't 'see' the printer...
by *Stargazer77* / February 20, 2008 8:42 AM PST

Hi Grif, thanks for your quick reply! Yes, I'm trying to print from the new Toshiba (and Vista) laptop to the wired Vista Desktop. I can't see the printer. I also went into the network and sharing center from the control panel and printer sharing is off (perhaps that's why I can't 'see' my printer...which is an Epson Stylus 6400 btw). When I click turn on printer sharing it asks me if I want to turn on network discovery and file sharing for all public networks. I don't know what that means. The Toshiba laptop is for my dad and I don't want his privacy compromised, just want him to be able to print from bed. Happy

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(NT) Yep, You Need To Enable The Printer Sharing
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 20, 2008 10:08 AM PST
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Try the free tools.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 20, 2008 9:21 AM PST

Look at NETWORK MAGIC ( and use their free software.

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