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Printer Sharing?

By British_Command
Nov 16, 2006
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  1. I need help with my printer sharing, i cannot find any printers while trying to add a printer via control panel > Printers and other hardware > add a printer.

    This is on my new laptop : Dell inspiron 6400, but on my other dell desktop i found the printer using the 'add a printer' option fine, but when i use this laptop it cannot find any printers?

    Any help is appreciated

    Tom Wells-day
  2. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 757

    Not to be funny but did you plug in the Parallel cable/USB cable and have the power on, then add a printer?
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    Or, more in detail, where and how exactly is the printer connected to?
  4. Roamex

    Roamex TS Rookie Posts: 31

    also did the printer come with software?
  5. Tubby3120

    Tubby3120 TS Rookie

    is this a networked printer? was the computer that the printer is physically connected to turned on?
  6. British_Command

    British_Command TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 224

    The answer

    right i think it did come with software and i think i installed it but i will double check, also the printer is connected to a computer which is usually on, i made sure it was turned on when i was trying to connect to the printer.

    But i have a program called 'Dell Network Assistant' and that can pick up my printer but for some reason when i try to add it, it doesnt let me and im pretty sure i have enabed sharing although i will double check that too!

    Thanks again anymore info will be appreciated as the info i just got is appreciated lol!,

    Tom Wells-Day
  7. MiCm

    MiCm TS Rookie Posts: 20

    When I was networking to my printer on my other PC, the easiest way I found was to first go into the printer properties on the PC it was physically connected to and enable sharing.

    Then I went to my network places on the remote PC and found the other PC listed and double-clicked it. Then I went into the 'Printers and Faxes' folder and found the printer. Then I simply right-clicked and connected to it.

    I hadnt installed any drivers on the remote PC prior to this, but these were installed automatically as part of the connecting process. After that it appeared in my list of printers

    Hope this helps ;)
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