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Can't see Win2k printer from 98 client

By Sapinto ·
I'm trying to set up an HP LaserJet 1300 printer hosted by a Windows 2000 Professional machine on a Windows 98 client pc. The problem I get is, when I go through Add a printer, and browse for the printer, I can't see it under the host machine's name. I've tried going through network neighbourhood but still can't see any printers. I then tried specifying the path and printer name under Add Printers. The printer installs but when I try to print a test page, I get the message "there was an error writing to <printer name>.The network name cannot be found. The printer will be set to work offline." How do I resolve this?

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by jireland607 In reply to Can't see Win2k printer f ...

Hi,

It sounds like the printer is not being shared on the network in a way that 98 can pick it up. Check the share as settings and make sure that the security will allow connection to it.

The reason you could install the driver when typing the path is the computer does not then have to look for the device on the network.

Have you any other computers you can try to connect from, especially newer os's like w2k? Also can you see the computer in network neighbourhood? If so can you browse to the printer share?

Try these and see what you find out

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by saihib In reply to Can't see Win2k printer f ...

I'm going to assume that you have shared the printer. Is this a domain or a workgroup? If it's a workgroup you will need to set up a user account for the Win98 user on the Win2K machine.

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by Sapinto In reply to Can't see Win2k printer f ...

I can see the printer from other Win2k and XP machines. It's just the 98 machine that I can't see it from. I tried going into the security tab of the printer sharing properties and added the particular user with full permissions but still no luck. The computers are in an NT domain.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Can't see Win2k printer f ...

i believe the simple answer here may be to download and use the HP Add network printer wizard for the win98 box...

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by osumiller In reply to Can't see Win2k printer f ...

Printers can be seen on the network in several ways, all depending upon how yours is set up. First, you have to have make sure that you have the "Microsoft file and print services" connector installed and bound to the network card for both machines. Then the printer must be shared out.

If you are on a domain, the best way is to add the share to the Active Directory, and then set up a group policy to allow the users who need the printer to access it.

If you are running a workgroup only, then it is as simple as browsing to the local computer with the printer attatched, and installing it from the share there.

In the rare instance that the printer never shows up in network neighborhood, you can also try to map to the printer manually. To do this, you have to enter the network path in the add printer wizard manually. It would be something like "\\(computer name)\(share name).

Hope this helps.

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by burech1 In reply to Can't see Win2k printer f ...

When sharing the printer did you see the add additional drivers so that computers running different versions of Windows won't have to find the printer drivers. Also check any of your firewall configurations. Firewalls can prevent the Win98 seeing the printer on a Win2k or WinXP box. (the firewall on the win2k box). Also ensure that the win98 has the same network group name as the win2k and xp boxes. Even if the win98 has the correct ip address if the workgroup name is different it will be treated as a totally different network. You might be able to see the other computers and talk to it by typing in the unc \\ paths but there could be problems when they comunicate. Such as sharing files and print devices.

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by marvin165 In reply to Can't see Win2k printer f ...

From the win98 computer go, start run \\(computer name that has the printer installed and shared)enter. It should pop open a window with all the shares on the win2k box. If it does double click on the shared printer and install it as default printer. If not go start run winipcfg to confirm the ip address and subnet are the same. ping the win2k box by name to confirm dns is working. Good luck.

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Can't see Win2k printer f ...

Make sure you have an account on the Windows 2000 machine thats the same as the one you login onto Windows 98 (see User Accounts/Passwords control panel

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