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Fri May 26, 2017, 03:38 PM

I Need Some Help....

I have two desktop computers networked. I have one printer that in the past let me print from both of these desktops. But now from the primary computer I'm able to print - but when I try to print from the networked computer I'm unable to print.

When the Printer dialog box comes up on this networked computer - under owner - it says "ADMINISTRATOR".

My thinking is that this "Administrator" has to allow this networked computer to print through the network. However, I don't know what I have to do as an "Administrator" to allow that. What settings do I have to modify in order to print from this networked computer?

Again I used to be able to print from both the primary and networked computer - but somehow that function was shut off from my networked computer.

How do I fix that in order for me to be able to print again from this networked computer?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 03:42 PM

1. Please tell us which operating system you are running on both computers. n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Fri May 26, 2017, 03:51 PM

2. Don't Laugh As I'm Still Using My Initial Computer As The Networked Computer Because....

it has all my business files on it.

My primary computer is Windows XP - the networked computer is Windows 95. I said - don't laugh.

This has worked for me for years. I don't know what changed to not allow me to print from the Windows 95 computer.

I use both of these computers strictly for my business files.

I have a separate laptop that I use for the Internet and my e-mails.

The main reason I still use the Windows 95 computer is that I have an expense report program who's company has gone out of business - but this original expense report program happens to be the one that I've used throughout the history of my business.

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Response to global1 (Reply #2)

Fri May 26, 2017, 05:03 PM

3. Is the laptop able to print using the Windows XP computer?

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #3)

Fri May 26, 2017, 05:39 PM

4. I Would Like To Print Out A Completed Expense Report From....

the Windows 95 computer because that is the computer that has the program on it.

Again I always was able to print from this computer to my networked printer - but I must have inadvertently done something that turned that function off. When I hit print the dialog box comes up but in the Owner column it says Administrator. Somehow I think I need to go into my XP computer that is the primary computer in this network and change some setting as the administrator of this network. But I don't know where to go to do this and what to do when I get there.

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Response to global1 (Reply #4)

Fri May 26, 2017, 05:48 PM

6. I understand, I would just like to know for sure if the problem is on the Windows 95 computer...

or on the Windows XP computer or somewhere on the network.

Are you sure the Windows 95 computer is still on the network? No problem with the cables and or
switch/router? Can you ping the Windows XP computer from the Windows 95 computer?

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #6)

Fri May 26, 2017, 08:36 PM

8. Yes - I'm Able To Switch Between The Two...

I can go from one computer to the other and back by pressing a button on a switching device.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 05:43 PM

5. First step, Global1

Is go to the Printers & Faxes in both computer menus and make sure that the printer shows up in both. My first reaction is that you may have a printer driver problem.

Report back with the findings of your investigation.....

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Response to canetoad (Reply #5)

Fri May 26, 2017, 08:38 PM

9. The HP Printer I Have Shows Up On Both Computers...nt

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Response to global1 (Reply #9)

Fri May 26, 2017, 08:47 PM

10. OK, so it would seem

The drivers are still there.

Try sharing the printer again. I'm assuming it's plugged into the XP machine, so do this:

Go to Printers and Faxes again
Right click on the HP printer, select Properties
Go to the second tab at top; Sharing
Ensure that 'Share this Printer' is selected.

See if that changes anything.

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Response to global1 (Original post)

Fri May 26, 2017, 08:07 PM

7. Are they connected through a wired or wireless network ?

 

Actually doesn't matter if they worked before the first thing I would try is restarting the router. I have seen printers go down because of the router many times.

I would start there before getting crazy. Especially since they worked before.

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