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bpt1
16-08-2002, 11:04 AM
Why is it all so confusing. I have 3 networked PCs on CP pro and three printers. Why do some show up 2 or 3 times in the printer list? Why do they not all show up in Adobe Reader but are available to MS Word?
Do the printer drivers need to be installed on each machine? Why is there no straightforward way of sharing printers which are available to each PC and with each application?
I wish the next software development would be to sort out the increasingly confusing complexity.
Guidance please.

actaris
16-08-2002, 11:18 AM
> Why is it all so confusing. I have 3 networked PCs on
> CP pro and three printers. Why do some show up 2 or 3
> times in the printer list?

CP Pro? - XP PRO?

> Do the printer drivers need to be installed on each
> machine?

Yes, of course the PC must have the drivers, its using the remote connected pc as a gateway to the printer. It doesnt do the processing remotely.

> Why is there no straightforward way of
> sharing printers which are available to each PC and
> with each application?

Worked for me. Never even had to set it up, it found them itself.
All I did was enable printer and file sharing, and turn off XP's built in firewall.

> I wish the next software development would be to sort
> out the increasingly confusing complexity.
> Guidance please.

Sorry but XP is the most simple to setup I have found.

I can only assume that the printers show up multiple times because computer A sees its own printer, plus same printer shared by B, and again C. They could all be the same printer, you would see 3. Just delete those you dont want.

Heather P
16-08-2002, 11:37 AM
You don't say which OS.

Win 98 network and my printer (HP Deskjet 710C) are a PAIN to get going - but it can be done!

First (on the computer the printer is connected to):
Go to Settings, Control Panel, Networks, under File and Printer Sharing allow others to use your printer.

Second (again on the computer the printer is connected to):
Set up the printer and test it

Third:
Take your printer driver to a second computer and install it.

Now this is the tricky part that always fouled up. Last time I did it I finally sussed it and wrote it down.
(Note: in these instructions my computer - with the printer attached - is called "celeron" and the printer is shared with the name "hp". Change your names to suit)

Installing Printer
1. HP Deskjet series 710C
2. Insert disk
3. Install
4. Start; Settings; Printers; HP Deskjet 710C
5. right-click; Properties; Details
6. Capture Printer Port:
7. Device: LPT2
8. Path: \\Celeron\hp
9. Select “Reconnect at logon”
10. Restart

11. Start; Settings; Printers; HP Deskjet 710C
12. right-click; Properties; Details
13. Select “Print to the following port”
14. LPT2: (\\Celeron\hp)
15. restart