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Printer Sharing Problems


I have a printer an Epson LQ-1170 installed on a Windows 98 machine which I want to share with my new Windows XP machine (via a hub network).

Unfortunately the XP machine can't "see" the LQ-1170 and so I can't share the printer.

Could anyone give me guidance about what to do?

I realise that probably the easy answer would be to connect the Epson to the XP machine and share it with the 98 machine but I already have a printer connected to XP (a Canon LPB 8 Mark iv).

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks


P.S. I am not too technically minded (as you may have guessed)

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Have you

installed the printer onto the XP computer? You need to goto the Printers folder and click Add new printer, or use the software that came with the printer to install the drivers.

Also, do you have a separate firewall on your XP computer? If so, I believe you have to allow Spooler SubSytem App access through the firewall.


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No Joy

Many thanks for your advice.

I tried installing the printer on LPT2 but the xp machine then thinks that the printer is connected to it rather than the true position that it is connected to the 98 machine.

I adjusted the security settings to allow printer and file sharing but still the XP can't see the printer connected to 98

Can I try anything else or have I done something wrong?

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When you say the XP machine thinks the Epson

is connected to it rather than to the other computer, what do you mean? Do you have both printers showing up the the control panel?

Installing a printer will often make it the default printer. And if that is what's happened, you can change the default printer by right clicking on the printer you want and selecting set as default. Having a printer set as the default doesn't mean you have to only use it. When you want to print a document, go to file, print and in the drop down menu select the printer you want to use. For those people who use the printer icon, this won't work. The printer icon always uses the default printer.

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I hope that I am not confusing the issue

When I try to load the epson on the xp machine as a shared printer (connected to the 98 machine) it does not see the path and when browsing for the printer it cannot find it.

The printer is visible and works on the 98 machine.

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When I see this it's....

Either the firewall or I start using the NET commands at the command line. Given that you are a 98 user, you should know the NET commands by heart now. If not, use google?


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