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Win7 64 bit sharing printer

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Bob Fay, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. Bob Fay

    Bob Fay Flightless Bird

    I have just obtained a new notebook with Win7 64 bit on board, My desktop
    computer is running XP and is not capable of running Win7. On my home
    network I can share files from XP on the Win7 machine, but not from the Win7
    to XP. My printer is connected to the XP desktop. Is there any way that I
    can share this printer with the Win7 64 bit notebook.

    Bob
     
  2. Annie Woughman

    Annie Woughman Flightless Bird

    "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    news:ptKdnf8KIZ2IK_7WnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    > I have just obtained a new notebook with Win7 64 bit on board, My desktop
    > computer is running XP and is not capable of running Win7. On my home
    > network I can share files from XP on the Win7 machine, but not from the
    > Win7 to XP. My printer is connected to the XP desktop. Is there any way
    > that I can share this printer with the Win7 64 bit notebook.
    >
    > Bob

    I had a horrible time getting my two 64 bit laptops to print from a printer
    hooked to an XP machine. The way I finally got them to work was to first
    add the printer to the laptop by physically plugging the the printer into a
    USB port on the laptop. Windows 7 will "plug and play" the printer for you.
    Then, I had to remover the USB cord from the laptop and plug it back into
    the desktop. After doing that, I clicked on the properties of the printer
    (in the laptop) and reassigned it's port to the network location of the
    printer, ie, \\computername\printer name
     
  3. Michael Walraven

    Michael Walraven Flightless Bird

    Was that an HP printer by any chance, I have found that procedure necessary
    for many of the installations of HP devices. Never had to do it for any
    other maker. It is one reason I recommend anything but HP for systems I am
    going to have to maintain. (The printers themselves are fine machines, just
    installing them give me fits - could be me of course).

    Michael


    "Annie Woughman" <anniewoughman@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:AfP8n.11125$3n2.1976@newsfe01.iad...
    >
    >
    > "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    > news:ptKdnf8KIZ2IK_7WnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >> I have just obtained a new notebook with Win7 64 bit on board, My desktop
    >> computer is running XP and is not capable of running Win7. On my home
    >> network I can share files from XP on the Win7 machine, but not from the
    >> Win7 to XP. My printer is connected to the XP desktop. Is there any way
    >> that I can share this printer with the Win7 64 bit notebook.
    >>
    >> Bob

    > I had a horrible time getting my two 64 bit laptops to print from a
    > printer hooked to an XP machine. The way I finally got them to work was
    > to first add the printer to the laptop by physically plugging the the
    > printer into a USB port on the laptop. Windows 7 will "plug and play" the
    > printer for you. Then, I had to remover the USB cord from the laptop and
    > plug it back into the desktop. After doing that, I clicked on the
    > properties of the printer (in the laptop) and reassigned it's port to the
    > network location of the printer, ie, \\computername\printer name
     
  4. KCB

    KCB Flightless Bird

    "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    news:ptKdnf8KIZ2IK_7WnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    > I have just obtained a new notebook with Win7 64 bit on board, My desktop
    > computer is running XP and is not capable of running Win7. On my home
    > network I can share files from XP on the Win7 machine, but not from the
    > Win7 to XP. My printer is connected to the XP desktop. Is there any way
    > that I can share this printer with the Win7 64 bit notebook.
    >
    > Bob
    >


    I have also had problems sharing files, but had no such problem connecting
    the printer. My wife uses XP/SP3, and I just built a Win7/64 system. I can
    see her shared folders, but she can't see mine. But, the Printer is shared,
    and connected USB to her desktop. On my Win7 machine, I clicked Devices and
    Printers, Add a Printer at the top, then selected Network Printer and it was
    right there. These two are connected to the network via Ethernet through a
    Cisco WRT54G. She also has a wireless Vista machine that connects to the
    printer, without issues.
     
  5. c.d.

    c.d. Flightless Bird

    "KCB" <bcgc_qc@hootmail.com> wrote in message
    news:hk1bpo$a9e$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >
    > "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    > news:ptKdnf8KIZ2IK_7WnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >> I have just obtained a new notebook with Win7 64 bit on board, My desktop
    >> computer is running XP and is not capable of running Win7. On my home
    >> network I can share files from XP on the Win7 machine, but not from the
    >> Win7 to XP. My printer is connected to the XP desktop. Is there any way
    >> that I can share this printer with the Win7 64 bit notebook.
    >>
    >> Bob
    >>

    >
    > I have also had problems sharing files, but had no such problem connecting
    > the printer. My wife uses XP/SP3, and I just built a Win7/64 system. I
    > can see her shared folders, but she can't see mine. But, the Printer is
    > shared, and connected USB to her desktop. On my Win7 machine, I clicked
    > Devices and Printers, Add a Printer at the top, then selected Network
    > Printer and it was right there. These two are connected to the network
    > via Ethernet through a Cisco WRT54G. She also has a wireless Vista
    > machine that connects to the printer, without issues.


    i also had the same problem. same setup as OP. what i found out after a long
    time of looking was that in my case, i had to install the 64 bit printer
    driver on the xp sp3 which is hardwired to the printer ,(hp 3050 )in order
    for it to find and install the network driver. the weird thing is that on
    my laptop...win7 64, it found the driver but the other desktop win7 64 did
    not..
     
  6. John McGaw

    John McGaw Flightless Bird

    On 1/29/2010 11:31 PM, Bob Fay wrote:
    > I have just obtained a new notebook with Win7 64 bit on board, My desktop
    > computer is running XP and is not capable of running Win7. On my home
    > network I can share files from XP on the Win7 machine, but not from the Win7
    > to XP. My printer is connected to the XP desktop. Is there any way that I
    > can share this printer with the Win7 64 bit notebook.
    >
    > Bob
    >
    >



    Based on personal experience, on a mixed network one is always better off
    with a "real" networked printer -- this can be one with networking built in
    or one with an external print server. I've had my LaserJet 5P with NetGear
    PS101 mini-server and Dell color laser with built-in network port on a
    mixed network using XP 32, Vista 64, and W7 64, and an occasional bout
    with Linux with absolutely zero problems -- it just works (and it doesn't
    depend on certain equipment being turned on all the time). A print server
    can be very inexpensive and can save hours or days of frustration.
     
  7. Annie Woughman

    Annie Woughman Flightless Bird

    "Michael Walraven" <mexxwalraven@verizon.not> wrote in message
    news:hk0o3a$8qh$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > Was that an HP printer by any chance, I have found that procedure
    > necessary for many of the installations of HP devices. Never had to do it
    > for any other maker. It is one reason I recommend anything but HP for
    > systems I am going to have to maintain. (The printers themselves are fine
    > machines, just installing them give me fits - could be me of course).
    >
    > Michael

    Yes, it is a HP LaserJet 1300. We also have an HP Color LaserJet CP1518ni
    that was a piece of cake to install because it is a network printer. Until
    I got the other two machines working on the 1300, I thought I was going to
    have to just settle for letting them print to it. (which I didn't want to
    do because the 1300 is cheaper for toner because it is black and white and
    most of our casual printing and "test" printing is black and white) And yes,
    the HP printers are good machines, just a pain in the butt to get working on
    a network.

    >
    > "Annie Woughman" <anniewoughman@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:AfP8n.11125$3n2.1976@newsfe01.iad...
    >>
    >>
    >> "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >> news:ptKdnf8KIZ2IK_7WnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >>> I have just obtained a new notebook with Win7 64 bit on board, My
    >>> desktop computer is running XP and is not capable of running Win7. On my
    >>> home network I can share files from XP on the Win7 machine, but not from
    >>> the Win7 to XP. My printer is connected to the XP desktop. Is there any
    >>> way that I can share this printer with the Win7 64 bit notebook.
    >>>
    >>> Bob

    >> I had a horrible time getting my two 64 bit laptops to print from a
    >> printer hooked to an XP machine. The way I finally got them to work was
    >> to first add the printer to the laptop by physically plugging the the
    >> printer into a USB port on the laptop. Windows 7 will "plug and play"
    >> the printer for you. Then, I had to remover the USB cord from the laptop
    >> and plug it back into the desktop. After doing that, I clicked on the
    >> properties of the printer (in the laptop) and reassigned it's port to the
    >> network location of the printer, ie, \\computername\printer name

    >
     
  8. Michael Walraven

    Michael Walraven Flightless Bird

    I have a theory that HP wants to 'copy protect' its software by requiring
    the user to physically have the printer in order to complete the
    installation. No proof of course, I alternate my theories between conspiracy
    and incompetence :}

    Michael

    "Annie Woughman" <anniewoughman@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:lMY8n.5498$1m3.3935@newsfe11.iad...
    >
    >
    > "Michael Walraven" <mexxwalraven@verizon.not> wrote in message
    > news:hk0o3a$8qh$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >> Was that an HP printer by any chance, I have found that procedure
    >> necessary for many of the installations of HP devices. Never had to do it
    >> for any other maker. It is one reason I recommend anything but HP for
    >> systems I am going to have to maintain. (The printers themselves are fine
    >> machines, just installing them give me fits - could be me of course).
    >>
    >> Michael

    > Yes, it is a HP LaserJet 1300. We also have an HP Color LaserJet CP1518ni
    > that was a piece of cake to install because it is a network printer.
    > Until I got the other two machines working on the 1300, I thought I was
    > going to have to just settle for letting them print to it. (which I
    > didn't want to do because the 1300 is cheaper for toner because it is
    > black and white and most of our casual printing and "test" printing is
    > black and white) And yes, the HP printers are good machines, just a pain
    > in the butt to get working on a network.
    >
    >>
    >> "Annie Woughman" <anniewoughman@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:AfP8n.11125$3n2.1976@newsfe01.iad...
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:ptKdnf8KIZ2IK_7WnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >>>> I have just obtained a new notebook with Win7 64 bit on board, My
    >>>> desktop computer is running XP and is not capable of running Win7. On
    >>>> my home network I can share files from XP on the Win7 machine, but not
    >>>> from the Win7 to XP. My printer is connected to the XP desktop. Is
    >>>> there any way that I can share this printer with the Win7 64 bit
    >>>> notebook.
    >>>>
    >>>> Bob
    >>> I had a horrible time getting my two 64 bit laptops to print from a
    >>> printer hooked to an XP machine. The way I finally got them to work was
    >>> to first add the printer to the laptop by physically plugging the the
    >>> printer into a USB port on the laptop. Windows 7 will "plug and play"
    >>> the printer for you. Then, I had to remover the USB cord from the laptop
    >>> and plug it back into the desktop. After doing that, I clicked on the
    >>> properties of the printer (in the laptop) and reassigned it's port to
    >>> the network location of the printer, ie, \\computername\printer name

    >>
     
  9. chrisv

    chrisv Flightless Bird

    "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    news:ptKdnf8KIZ2IK_7WnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    > I have just obtained a new notebook with Win7 64 bit on board, My desktop
    > computer is running XP and is not capable of running Win7. On my home
    > network I can share files from XP on the Win7 machine, but not from the
    > Win7 to XP. My printer is connected to the XP desktop. Is there any way
    > that I can share this printer with the Win7 64 bit notebook.


    Be sure you setup a Workgroup (mixed systems) instead of a Homegroup (all W7
    systems).
     
  10. Bob Fay

    Bob Fay Flightless Bird

    Well, so far I have a giant headache.
    I connected the printer to my notebook with the win7 and the HP5150 printer
    worked fine.
    When I try to install a driver in the XP desktop, I realize that I don't
    know the name of the driver in the Win7 machine and I don't know where to
    put it in the XP machine.
    Any help and some aspirin would sure be appreciated.

    Bob

    "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    news:ptKdnf8KIZ2IK_7WnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >I have just obtained a new notebook with Win7 64 bit on board, My desktop
    >computer is running XP and is not capable of running Win7. On my home
    >network I can share files from XP on the Win7 machine, but not from the
    >Win7 to XP. My printer is connected to the XP desktop. Is there any way
    >that I can share this printer with the Win7 64 bit notebook.
    >
    > Bob
    >
     
  11. Bob Fay

    Bob Fay Flightless Bird

    Thanks to all for your help.
    Apparently HP does not have a suitable driver for Win 7. Win7 uses some
    universal driver to handle this printer. It is supposed to be limited in its
    functions. When I seek the printer in my XP machine, Windows7 wants a driver
    that it cannot find. A long USB extension cord will do the job for now.

    Thanks again,

    Bob
    "Annie Woughman" <anniewoughman@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:%Pl9n.11549$3n2.3722@newsfe01.iad...
    >
    >
    > "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    > news:IvydnbizIrQrO_nWnZ2dnUVZ_s-dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >> Well, so far I have a giant headache.
    >> I connected the printer to my notebook with the win7 and the HP5150
    >> printer worked fine.
    >> When I try to install a driver in the XP desktop, I realize that I don't
    >> know the name of the driver in the Win7 machine and I don't know where to
    >> put it in the XP machine.
    >> Any help and some aspirin would sure be appreciated.
    >>
    >> Bob

    >
    > If the printer was already working on the XP machine, it shouldn't need a
    > driver. Just plug the printer back into the same USB port it was using
    > and it should work fine. The tricky part is typing the correct path in
    > your laptop when you change the properties of that machine to get it to
    > find the printer through your network. It will be something like
    > \\nameofcomputer(that the printer is connected to)\nameofprinter
    >
    > If you look in the control panel of the XP machine under Printers and
    > Faxes, right click on the printer and click on the general and you will
    > see the name of the printer.
    >
    >> "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >> news:ptKdnf8KIZ2IK_7WnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >>>I have just obtained a new notebook with Win7 64 bit on board, My desktop
    >>>computer is running XP and is not capable of running Win7. On my home
    >>>network I can share files from XP on the Win7 machine, but not from the
    >>>Win7 to XP. My printer is connected to the XP desktop. Is there any way
    >>>that I can share this printer with the Win7 64 bit notebook.
    >>>
    >>> Bob
    >>>

    >>
    >>
     
  12. Tom

    Tom Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 30 Jan 2010 09:05:29 -0500, "c.d." <invalid@invalid.co> wrote:

    >
    >"KCB" <bcgc_qc@hootmail.com> wrote in message
    >news:hk1bpo$a9e$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    >>
    >> "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >> news:ptKdnf8KIZ2IK_7WnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >>> I have just obtained a new notebook with Win7 64 bit on board, My desktop
    >>> computer is running XP and is not capable of running Win7. On my home
    >>> network I can share files from XP on the Win7 machine, but not from the
    >>> Win7 to XP. My printer is connected to the XP desktop. Is there any way
    >>> that I can share this printer with the Win7 64 bit notebook.
    >>>
    >>> Bob
    >>>

    >>
    >> I have also had problems sharing files, but had no such problem connecting
    >> the printer. My wife uses XP/SP3, and I just built a Win7/64 system. I
    >> can see her shared folders, but she can't see mine. But, the Printer is
    >> shared, and connected USB to her desktop. On my Win7 machine, I clicked
    >> Devices and Printers, Add a Printer at the top, then selected Network
    >> Printer and it was right there. These two are connected to the network
    >> via Ethernet through a Cisco WRT54G. She also has a wireless Vista
    >> machine that connects to the printer, without issues.

    >
    >i also had the same problem. same setup as OP. what i found out after a long
    >time of looking was that in my case, i had to install the 64 bit printer
    >driver on the xp sp3 which is hardwired to the printer ,(hp 3050 )in order
    >for it to find and install the network driver. the weird thing is that on
    >my laptop...win7 64, it found the driver but the other desktop win7 64 did
    >not..


    Win7 has become a real pain in the ass.
    When my son forst bought his new DT with W7 the trouble started.

    I shut off the firewalls and AVG's
    W7 could see the XP network but not connect to it. Well it did one time and
    hasn't since. I installed the LLTD beacon and the XP machines show up in the W7
    map but it can't connect to the XP shares. Sometimes the XP printer shows up but
    when I send a job to it it never shows up in the XP spool.

    XP can see the shared W7 folder but W7 can't see XP, hardly ever.

    Leave it to MS to mess up a perfectly good system like XP so they could make W7
    pretty.
     
  13. Patrick Keenan

    Patrick Keenan Flightless Bird

    "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    news:ptKdnf8KIZ2IK_7WnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >I have just obtained a new notebook with Win7 64 bit on board, My desktop
    >computer is running XP and is not capable of running Win7. On my home
    >network I can share files from XP on the Win7 machine, but not from the
    >Win7 to XP. My printer is connected to the XP desktop. Is there any way
    >that I can share this printer with the Win7 64 bit notebook.
    >
    > Bob


    I have a small network with at least three different Windows versions, XP,
    Vista and 7. I've found that the most reliable solution for networked
    printing in a mixed environment was a $100 Samsung network laser printer.
    With this, only the system I want to print from has to be turned on.

    I often have to specifically search for the other systems, though if I've
    mapped a drive by name, it works more reliably than via the UI.
     
  14. Annie Woughman

    Annie Woughman Flightless Bird

    "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    news:_NGdnezWt-woq_vWnZ2dnUVZ_vSdnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    > Thanks to all for your help.
    > Apparently HP does not have a suitable driver for Win 7. Win7 uses some
    > universal driver to handle this printer. It is supposed to be limited in
    > its functions. When I seek the printer in my XP machine, Windows7 wants a
    > driver that it cannot find. A long USB extension cord will do the job for
    > now.
    >
    > Thanks again,


    Ah, I know what you are doing wrong--you are still trying to let Windows
    install your printer for you. Your printer is already installed--you are
    using it aren't you--through the USB. What you need to do is get it to
    print through YOUR NETWORK--this has nothing to do with drivers.

    First, go to Start, then Devices & Printers. Your printer will be listed.
    Right click on it and choose PRINTER PROPERTIES. Once that menu opens click
    on the Ports tab. Then click on the Add Port button. Highlight LOCAL Port
    from the popup and then click on the NEW PORT. A box opens that says Enter
    port name. This is where you type the path through your network to your
    printer. You will have to enter the name of the computer that this printer
    is attached to. The path will look something like this: \\gateway\hp
    LaserJet 1300

    I used my own pathway as an example. The name of the computer that my
    printer is on is "gateway" The printer is an HP LaserJet 1300. This is the
    tricky part. This pathway has to be typed exactly right to tell your laptop
    where to find that computer on the network. Look in the computer that your
    printer is install on and see what it is named there--that is how it will
    have to be typed. It might take a few tries to get it typed exactly right,
    but it will get you to that printer.

    Good luck. If I can do it, you can do it. You just have to slug it out
    with these machines until you get it right.


    > Bob
    > "Annie Woughman" <anniewoughman@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:%Pl9n.11549$3n2.3722@newsfe01.iad...
    >>
    >>
    >> "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >> news:IvydnbizIrQrO_nWnZ2dnUVZ_s-dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >>> Well, so far I have a giant headache.
    >>> I connected the printer to my notebook with the win7 and the HP5150
    >>> printer worked fine.
    >>> When I try to install a driver in the XP desktop, I realize that I don't
    >>> know the name of the driver in the Win7 machine and I don't know where
    >>> to put it in the XP machine.
    >>> Any help and some aspirin would sure be appreciated.
    >>>
    >>> Bob

    >>
    >> If the printer was already working on the XP machine, it shouldn't need a
    >> driver. Just plug the printer back into the same USB port it was using
    >> and it should work fine. The tricky part is typing the correct path in
    >> your laptop when you change the properties of that machine to get it to
    >> find the printer through your network. It will be something like
    >> \\nameofcomputer(that the printer is connected to)\nameofprinter
    >>
    >> If you look in the control panel of the XP machine under Printers and
    >> Faxes, right click on the printer and click on the general and you will
    >> see the name of the printer.
    >>
    >>> "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:ptKdnf8KIZ2IK_7WnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >>>>I have just obtained a new notebook with Win7 64 bit on board, My
    >>>>desktop computer is running XP and is not capable of running Win7. On my
    >>>>home network I can share files from XP on the Win7 machine, but not from
    >>>>the Win7 to XP. My printer is connected to the XP desktop. Is there any
    >>>>way that I can share this printer with the Win7 64 bit notebook.
    >>>>
    >>>> Bob
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>

    >
    >
     
  15. Bob Fay

    Bob Fay Flightless Bird

    Thanks Annie for not giving up on this. I have followed your directions and
    the final word from Win7 is that it cannot find the driver. It goes through
    a routine of checking windows update. Then is displays the message that
    *.inf(unknown) is needed. I just don't have the experience to find the
    driver and know where to put it in the xp machine. Maybe it is just this
    *.inf file that is needed in the xp desktop. You have to give great credit
    to MS for making all our networks useless.

    Bob

    "Annie Woughman" <anniewoughman@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:_a9an.14158$4p5.3055@newsfe22.iad...
    >
    >
    > "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    > news:_NGdnezWt-woq_vWnZ2dnUVZ_vSdnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >> Thanks to all for your help.
    >> Apparently HP does not have a suitable driver for Win 7. Win7 uses some
    >> universal driver to handle this printer. It is supposed to be limited in
    >> its functions. When I seek the printer in my XP machine, Windows7 wants a
    >> driver that it cannot find. A long USB extension cord will do the job
    >> for now.
    >>
    >> Thanks again,

    >
    > Ah, I know what you are doing wrong--you are still trying to let Windows
    > install your printer for you. Your printer is already installed--you are
    > using it aren't you--through the USB. What you need to do is get it to
    > print through YOUR NETWORK--this has nothing to do with drivers.
    >
    > First, go to Start, then Devices & Printers. Your printer will be listed.
    > Right click on it and choose PRINTER PROPERTIES. Once that menu opens
    > click on the Ports tab. Then click on the Add Port button. Highlight
    > LOCAL Port from the popup and then click on the NEW PORT. A box opens
    > that says Enter port name. This is where you type the path through your
    > network to your printer. You will have to enter the name of the computer
    > that this printer is attached to. The path will look something like this:
    > \\gateway\hp LaserJet 1300
    >
    > I used my own pathway as an example. The name of the computer that my
    > printer is on is "gateway" The printer is an HP LaserJet 1300. This is
    > the tricky part. This pathway has to be typed exactly right to tell your
    > laptop where to find that computer on the network. Look in the computer
    > that your printer is install on and see what it is named there--that is
    > how it will have to be typed. It might take a few tries to get it typed
    > exactly right, but it will get you to that printer.
    >
    > Good luck. If I can do it, you can do it. You just have to slug it out
    > with these machines until you get it right.
    >
    >
    >> Bob
    >> "Annie Woughman" <anniewoughman@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:%Pl9n.11549$3n2.3722@newsfe01.iad...
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:IvydnbizIrQrO_nWnZ2dnUVZ_s-dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >>>> Well, so far I have a giant headache.
    >>>> I connected the printer to my notebook with the win7 and the HP5150
    >>>> printer worked fine.
    >>>> When I try to install a driver in the XP desktop, I realize that I
    >>>> don't know the name of the driver in the Win7 machine and I don't know
    >>>> where to put it in the XP machine.
    >>>> Any help and some aspirin would sure be appreciated.
    >>>>
    >>>> Bob
    >>>
    >>> If the printer was already working on the XP machine, it shouldn't need
    >>> a driver. Just plug the printer back into the same USB port it was
    >>> using and it should work fine. The tricky part is typing the correct
    >>> path in your laptop when you change the properties of that machine to
    >>> get it to find the printer through your network. It will be something
    >>> like \\nameofcomputer(that the printer is connected to)\nameofprinter
    >>>
    >>> If you look in the control panel of the XP machine under Printers and
    >>> Faxes, right click on the printer and click on the general and you will
    >>> see the name of the printer.
    >>>
    >>>> "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >>>> news:ptKdnf8KIZ2IK_7WnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >>>>>I have just obtained a new notebook with Win7 64 bit on board, My
    >>>>>desktop computer is running XP and is not capable of running Win7. On
    >>>>>my home network I can share files from XP on the Win7 machine, but not
    >>>>>from the Win7 to XP. My printer is connected to the XP desktop. Is
    >>>>>there any way that I can share this printer with the Win7 64 bit
    >>>>>notebook.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Bob
    >>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>

    >>
    >>
     
  16. Bob Fay

    Bob Fay Flightless Bird

    It is working now! I deleted the printer from the XP machine and reinstalled
    the HP 5100. Went back to the Win7 and everything worked as you described.
    Thanks again Annie and all the others that helped. Success is so sweet!

    Bob

    "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    news:kdCdnVrf0YvtR_TWnZ2dnUVZ_h2dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    > Thanks Annie for not giving up on this. I have followed your directions
    > and the final word from Win7 is that it cannot find the driver. It goes
    > through a routine of checking windows update. Then is displays the message
    > that *.inf(unknown) is needed. I just don't have the experience to find
    > the driver and know where to put it in the xp machine. Maybe it is just
    > this *.inf file that is needed in the xp desktop. You have to give great
    > credit to MS for making all our networks useless.
    >
    > Bob
    >
    > "Annie Woughman" <anniewoughman@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:_a9an.14158$4p5.3055@newsfe22.iad...
    >>
    >>
    >> "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >> news:_NGdnezWt-woq_vWnZ2dnUVZ_vSdnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >>> Thanks to all for your help.
    >>> Apparently HP does not have a suitable driver for Win 7. Win7 uses some
    >>> universal driver to handle this printer. It is supposed to be limited in
    >>> its functions. When I seek the printer in my XP machine, Windows7 wants
    >>> a driver that it cannot find. A long USB extension cord will do the job
    >>> for now.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks again,

    >>
    >> Ah, I know what you are doing wrong--you are still trying to let Windows
    >> install your printer for you. Your printer is already installed--you are
    >> using it aren't you--through the USB. What you need to do is get it to
    >> print through YOUR NETWORK--this has nothing to do with drivers.
    >>
    >> First, go to Start, then Devices & Printers. Your printer will be
    >> listed. Right click on it and choose PRINTER PROPERTIES. Once that menu
    >> opens click on the Ports tab. Then click on the Add Port button.
    >> Highlight LOCAL Port from the popup and then click on the NEW PORT. A
    >> box opens that says Enter port name. This is where you type the path
    >> through your network to your printer. You will have to enter the name of
    >> the computer that this printer is attached to. The path will look
    >> something like this: \\gateway\hp LaserJet 1300
    >>
    >> I used my own pathway as an example. The name of the computer that my
    >> printer is on is "gateway" The printer is an HP LaserJet 1300. This is
    >> the tricky part. This pathway has to be typed exactly right to tell your
    >> laptop where to find that computer on the network. Look in the computer
    >> that your printer is install on and see what it is named there--that is
    >> how it will have to be typed. It might take a few tries to get it typed
    >> exactly right, but it will get you to that printer.
    >>
    >> Good luck. If I can do it, you can do it. You just have to slug it out
    >> with these machines until you get it right.
    >>
    >>
    >>> Bob
    >>> "Annie Woughman" <anniewoughman@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:%Pl9n.11549$3n2.3722@newsfe01.iad...
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >>>> news:IvydnbizIrQrO_nWnZ2dnUVZ_s-dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >>>>> Well, so far I have a giant headache.
    >>>>> I connected the printer to my notebook with the win7 and the HP5150
    >>>>> printer worked fine.
    >>>>> When I try to install a driver in the XP desktop, I realize that I
    >>>>> don't know the name of the driver in the Win7 machine and I don't know
    >>>>> where to put it in the XP machine.
    >>>>> Any help and some aspirin would sure be appreciated.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Bob
    >>>>
    >>>> If the printer was already working on the XP machine, it shouldn't need
    >>>> a driver. Just plug the printer back into the same USB port it was
    >>>> using and it should work fine. The tricky part is typing the correct
    >>>> path in your laptop when you change the properties of that machine to
    >>>> get it to find the printer through your network. It will be something
    >>>> like \\nameofcomputer(that the printer is connected to)\nameofprinter
    >>>>
    >>>> If you look in the control panel of the XP machine under Printers and
    >>>> Faxes, right click on the printer and click on the general and you will
    >>>> see the name of the printer.
    >>>>
    >>>>> "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:ptKdnf8KIZ2IK_7WnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >>>>>>I have just obtained a new notebook with Win7 64 bit on board, My
    >>>>>>desktop computer is running XP and is not capable of running Win7. On
    >>>>>>my home network I can share files from XP on the Win7 machine, but not
    >>>>>>from the Win7 to XP. My printer is connected to the XP desktop. Is
    >>>>>>there any way that I can share this printer with the Win7 64 bit
    >>>>>>notebook.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Bob
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>
    >>>

    >
    >
     
  17. Annie Woughman

    Annie Woughman Flightless Bird

    See there--I knew you could do it. I don't know how many times I slugged it
    out with my laptop and printer before I got them working together (my
    printer is attached to an XP machine too.) I have found that a step-by-step
    instruction works best for me too.

    "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    news:zZGdncBoYpK2YPTWnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    > It is working now! I deleted the printer from the XP machine and
    > reinstalled the HP 5100. Went back to the Win7 and everything worked as
    > you described. Thanks again Annie and all the others that helped. Success
    > is so sweet!
    >
    > Bob
    >
    > "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    > news:kdCdnVrf0YvtR_TWnZ2dnUVZ_h2dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >> Thanks Annie for not giving up on this. I have followed your directions
    >> and the final word from Win7 is that it cannot find the driver. It goes
    >> through a routine of checking windows update. Then is displays the
    >> message that *.inf(unknown) is needed. I just don't have the experience
    >> to find the driver and know where to put it in the xp machine. Maybe it
    >> is just this *.inf file that is needed in the xp desktop. You have to
    >> give great credit to MS for making all our networks useless.
    >>
    >> Bob
    >>
    >> "Annie Woughman" <anniewoughman@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:_a9an.14158$4p5.3055@newsfe22.iad...
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:_NGdnezWt-woq_vWnZ2dnUVZ_vSdnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >>>> Thanks to all for your help.
    >>>> Apparently HP does not have a suitable driver for Win 7. Win7 uses some
    >>>> universal driver to handle this printer. It is supposed to be limited
    >>>> in its functions. When I seek the printer in my XP machine, Windows7
    >>>> wants a driver that it cannot find. A long USB extension cord will do
    >>>> the job for now.
    >>>>
    >>>> Thanks again,
    >>>
    >>> Ah, I know what you are doing wrong--you are still trying to let Windows
    >>> install your printer for you. Your printer is already installed--you
    >>> are using it aren't you--through the USB. What you need to do is get it
    >>> to print through YOUR NETWORK--this has nothing to do with drivers.
    >>>
    >>> First, go to Start, then Devices & Printers. Your printer will be
    >>> listed. Right click on it and choose PRINTER PROPERTIES. Once that menu
    >>> opens click on the Ports tab. Then click on the Add Port button.
    >>> Highlight LOCAL Port from the popup and then click on the NEW PORT. A
    >>> box opens that says Enter port name. This is where you type the path
    >>> through your network to your printer. You will have to enter the name
    >>> of the computer that this printer is attached to. The path will look
    >>> something like this: \\gateway\hp LaserJet 1300
    >>>
    >>> I used my own pathway as an example. The name of the computer that my
    >>> printer is on is "gateway" The printer is an HP LaserJet 1300. This is
    >>> the tricky part. This pathway has to be typed exactly right to tell
    >>> your laptop where to find that computer on the network. Look in the
    >>> computer that your printer is install on and see what it is named
    >>> there--that is how it will have to be typed. It might take a few tries
    >>> to get it typed exactly right, but it will get you to that printer.
    >>>
    >>> Good luck. If I can do it, you can do it. You just have to slug it out
    >>> with these machines until you get it right.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>> Bob
    >>>> "Annie Woughman" <anniewoughman@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >>>> news:%Pl9n.11549$3n2.3722@newsfe01.iad...
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:IvydnbizIrQrO_nWnZ2dnUVZ_s-dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >>>>>> Well, so far I have a giant headache.
    >>>>>> I connected the printer to my notebook with the win7 and the HP5150
    >>>>>> printer worked fine.
    >>>>>> When I try to install a driver in the XP desktop, I realize that I
    >>>>>> don't know the name of the driver in the Win7 machine and I don't
    >>>>>> know where to put it in the XP machine.
    >>>>>> Any help and some aspirin would sure be appreciated.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Bob
    >>>>>
    >>>>> If the printer was already working on the XP machine, it shouldn't
    >>>>> need a driver. Just plug the printer back into the same USB port it
    >>>>> was using and it should work fine. The tricky part is typing the
    >>>>> correct path in your laptop when you change the properties of that
    >>>>> machine to get it to find the printer through your network. It will
    >>>>> be something like \\nameofcomputer(that the printer is connected
    >>>>> to)\nameofprinter
    >>>>>
    >>>>> If you look in the control panel of the XP machine under Printers and
    >>>>> Faxes, right click on the printer and click on the general and you
    >>>>> will see the name of the printer.
    >>>>>
    >>>>>> "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    >>>>>> news:ptKdnf8KIZ2IK_7WnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >>>>>>>I have just obtained a new notebook with Win7 64 bit on board, My
    >>>>>>>desktop computer is running XP and is not capable of running Win7. On
    >>>>>>>my home network I can share files from XP on the Win7 machine, but
    >>>>>>>not from the Win7 to XP. My printer is connected to the XP desktop.
    >>>>>>>Is there any way that I can share this printer with the Win7 64 bit
    >>>>>>>notebook.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> Bob
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>>

    >>
    >>

    >
    >
     
  18. Lord Vetinari

    Lord Vetinari Flightless Bird

    "Annie Woughman" <anniewoughman@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:pynan.26592$p66.4692@newsfe09.iad...
    > See there--I knew you could do it. I don't know how many times I slugged
    > it out with my laptop and printer before I got them working together (my
    > printer is attached to an XP machine too.) I have found that a
    > step-by-step instruction works best for me too.
    >
    > "Bob Fay" <rgfay@earthlink.net> wrote in message
    > news:zZGdncBoYpK2YPTWnZ2dnUVZ_u6dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >> It is working now! I deleted the printer from the XP machine and
    >> reinstalled the HP 5100. Went back to the Win7 and everything worked as
    >> you described. Thanks again Annie and all the others that helped. Success
    >> is so sweet!


    It's so weird. I mean, I've NEVER had any of these problems, no matter what
    OS/hardware I used.

    Damned good of you guys to post your trials and tribulations, though. We
    all need help, now and again.
     

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