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Networking Printer Problems

Discussion in 'Networks & Internet Connectivity' started by Talbs13, 3 Mar 2006.

  1. Talbs13

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Sep 2005

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    Hello,

    Ive been trying to set up sharing for my printer but its not going to well. Heres the Spec

    Both Computer running XP Home

    Netgear Wireless Router DG834G
    Epson RX520
    Wireless USB Stick.

    Ok Computer A is connected via Rj45 and Comp B is wireless. The Printer is connected via USB to Comp A. I have turned file and printer sharing on each PC, run all wizards possible, granted access via router to allow Comp B access Comp A. I really have no idea what else to do.

    Strange this is, when i click on View Workgroup Computers on Comp B it finds Comp A but cannot access it. On Comp A, when i click Workgroup Computers it just cannot access Family Workgroup (btw both are in the same workgroup).

    Has anyone got any ideas?

    Thanks,

    JT
     
  2. UKDTweak

    Soldato

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    Have you assigned an ip address for each pc, for example,

    pc1 = 192.168.0.1
    pc2 = 192.168.0.2

    Subnet = 255.255.255.0

    Have you set up shared folders on each PC from your MY Computer window ?
     
  3. Talbs13

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    The Router does that automaticly doesnt it?

    Comp A is 192.168.0.5 and Comp B is 192.168.0.6
     
  4. MAllen

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Brighton, UK

    What firewall are you running? This will need to be modified to "trust" the other PC (i.e. somewhere you can add the IP Address of the other PC to allow access)

    Are you sure Microsoft Printer and File Sharing is installed on both PCs? (check the network properties for this. I assume it is in place as you are mentioning the "same workgroup")

    Setup a single shared folder on each PC called "test" and share it as "test". Then try to do \\192.168.0.5\test from a run prompt. This will either let you straight into that shared folder, or will ask for a username and password.

    Are we talking XP Home or Professional?

    Have you sacraficed a chicken over the printer? This often helps :D
     
  5. Talbs13

    Mobster

    Joined: 17 Sep 2005

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    Both XP Home. I will try what you have suggested and reply.
     
  6. Unluckyalf

    Hitman

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Darwin, Australia

    Have you shared the printer out in the Sharing tab of the print driver properties?

    Oh, and you can try going to Start, Run and typing \\192.168.0.5\insert printer name here
    And see what happens
     
  7. benjo plz.

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    Is the router providing wins?
     
  8. computer techie

    Associate

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    are you running service pack 2 on both pcs if so turn it off and see what happens
     
  9. benjo plz.

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    you might want to explain a bit more ;).
     
  10. MAllen

    Wise Guy

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    "Service Pack 2" will not be causing you any networking problems. You need Service Pack 2 (it actually makes a huge improvement to WiFi for example).

    IMHO - The only people who don't use SP2 tend to be those with pirate copies of XP. :)
     
  11. benjo plz.

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    lol.