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  1. #1
    ConCon
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    Default Can't get the printer to print through the network :(

    Hello people

    I read the FAQ about the "How do I network my PC". Everything went OK from adding protocols to testing it.

    I'm networking up to computers

    When I got up to the Sharing a Printer section-> Print a test page, the computer that is using the network printer can't print anything. It keeps coming up with an error saying "This function cannot be performed as the printer is not communicating" I tried Keep existing driver and also Replace existing driver but none of them works. I even install the printer's driver manually with Printer's driver CD, but that did not work either. The printer is ON and the cables are all connected, nothing seems to be wrong. I restarted both computers, it did not work either .

    So does any one know what might be the problem? The File Sharing section was ok, nothing went wrong, just the can't print anything from the computer that is setup using the network printer.



    Thank You Very Much







  2. #2
    LucyL
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    Default Re: Can't get the printer to print through the network :(

    Your printer wouldn't be a HP by any chance? Had the same thing happen to me with a HP710C - seems that some HP's aren't made to share over a network. :-(

    First try turning off the 2 way communication between printer and pc.

    If that doesn't work then try installing the printer on the "other" machine but instead of using LPT1, direct it to the printer port on the main machine ie map that port and turn off the two way communication.

    I finally got the printer to work this way.

    A search of Google came up with some good answers but sorry I can't remember the address anymore.

    Hope that helps
    Lucy

  3. #3
    mikebartnz
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    Default Re: Can't get the printer to print through the network :(

    Usually when it says it is not a network printer it actually means that it will not stand alone on the network but you can network them off a shared PC.

  4. #4
    Heather P
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    Default Re: Can't get the printer to print through the network :(

    The HP printer was a right pain to network. My original method was to carry the thing to the computer I wanted to run it on, install it and make sure it worked, return it to it's original computer then fumble through changing the settings.

    Finally I figured there had to be a better way! So I sat down with the thing and really got it figured out. The above instructions were thus born - and they work.

    The big problem, as I remember, was getting the connection setting correct. For some reason the following steps:
    8. Path: \\Celeron\hp
    9. Select “Reconnect at logon”
    10. Restart

    would never work first time around so I had to go back a second time to get them to work.

    Did you put the connection as "LPT2: (\\computer_name\printer_name)"
    ? - without the quote marks but with the brackets.

    The \\ means it is computer on the network, the \ indicates a printer.


  5. #5
    mikebartnz
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    Default Re: Can't get the printer to print through the network :(

    In my view that is the wrong way to go about it Heather P.
    When I do it I set up the printer on the PC it is going to print on and share it. Then on the other PC's I install the printer through Settings/Printers/Add Printer but when it comes to Local or Network choose Network and it usually works like a dream but one time I had trouble as I had assigned IP's to each PC and it wouldn't work unless it was on the first IP address.

  6. #6
    Heather P
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    Default Re: Can't get the printer to print through the network :(

    Mike, re-reading it I see I made a couple of assumptions:

    1. That the operating system is Win 98 (I don't see one specified and therefore assume it is the same as mine)

    2. That the printer is already installed and working on it's local machine.

    I therefore assumed that it could be taken as read that settings on the local machine should be set to sharing and the printer installed on the remote machine.

    The instructions were for the remote machine. The major problem that has caused me the maximum amount of grief is setting the path on the remote machine to the printer. Win98 requires 2 goes and 2 restarts to manage to retain the information.

    Heather

  7. #7
    mikebartnz
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    Default Re: Can't get the printer to print through the network :(

    On the PC without the printer have you installed the printer( choose network on setup) pointing to the shared printer

  8. #8
    LucyL
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    Default Re: Can't get the printer to print through the network :(

    Installing a shared network printer doesn't work because some printers aren't made to work on a network.

    Here's a link to a site that got things going for me:

    http://tedfelix.com/HP722c/Networking.html

    Lucy

  9. #9
    ConCon
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    Default Re: Can't get the printer to print through the network :(

    My printer is a Lexmark 3200 color fine.

    Mikebartnz -"On the PC without the printer have you installed the printer( choose network on setup) pointing to the shared printe"

    I already done that, now it just wouldn't print or just comes up with an error saying "This function cannot be performed as the printer is not communicating"

    I've just did a seach in Google and I think I got an answer for it. So if that works then thank you everyone. And if that doesn't, then more help would be good


    Thank You

  10. #10
    ConCon
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    Default Re: Can't get the printer to print through the network :(

    Hello

    It didn't work (http://www2.lexmark.com/infatlib.nsf...2?OpenDocument) I've tried every option possible but nothing works, it just keep coming up with "This function cannot be performed as the printer is not communicating"

    Any suggestions?


    Thank You


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