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badben25

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i know this is a slightly common question but i couldnt get a suitable solution so i m askin here. first, bout my desktop. it's a p4 system runnin Windows 2000 Pro [xp doesnt cut it for me] it is fully updated to SP4 with all other available updates installed. it is connected to an external DSL modem+ADSL Router&Gateway all-in-one [via LAN cable] provided by my ISP [Siemens SpeedStream 6520]. it can be connected to 4 PCs by LAN cables, 1 PC by USB and 32 PCs by WiFi, all simultaneously [total=36 PCs]. its running like on a dsl network. all i gotta do is switch the modem on and start IE or Firefox and i m ready to browse the web. i have a 256kbps DSL connection. now my laptop. a Pentium M 1.78GHz with Centrino Technology runnin WinXP home, with a built in 802.11a/b/g 54mbps WiFi adapter [obvious on a centrino] and 10/100/1000 LAN port. in my laptop, all i do is switch on my WiFi adapter, and it automatically shows me the wireless network [named SpeedStream]. i connect to it and then i simply use IE to browse the web. if i install a game n try playin multiplayer thru network, then both players [1 on the PC, the other on the laptop] can 'see' each others and join games created by the other. i wasnt actually xpecting this because wat i thought was that my laptop is detecting the modem and simply connecting. but when i tried games, i was stunned and glad to find that i was sort of connecting both PCs. but no matter wat i try i cannot create a network for sharing/transferring files and for using the printer without first connecting my laptop to it. my printer is an HP PSC-1315 [printer-scanner-copier in one] that is connected to my PC via USB. now wat i wanna do is i want to create such a network that i can access both computers' files thru the other, plus use the printer from my laptop without connecting to it.
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To share a printer over a network, the printer has to be a network-capable model. You can't just network any old standard home printer.

http://www.microsoft...cutt_july2.mspx
http://uis.georgetow...rk.printer.html
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I have the PSC950 on my main PC, shared to my laptop wirelessly and that works fine.
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To share a printer over a network, the printer has to be a network-capable model. You can't just network any old standard home printer.

http://www.microsoft...cutt_july2.mspx
http://uis.georgetow...rk.printer.html


not necessarily. i have seen people having connected really old printers [HP deskjet 690c] to their main PCs, which work on parallel port connections, and they're using them over a wireless home network flawlessly. all u gotta do is (like said on the microsoft article link u posted) set its properties so that it can be 'seen' and accessed by other users on the network. i tried the my network places thingy after enabling my printer to be shared and i cud access the scheduled tasks, printers and scanners connected on a pc from the other pc. plus if fax abilities are enabled, i can access the fax feature too. and they all work. i performed a lot of testing and experimentation, i encountered no problems. along with all this, i can already play network games and share the internet connection, but why o why cant i share files? some say networking 2 diff OS (or 2 diff versionsof an OS) isnt really possible. but cmon folks, win2k n xp r not very different in their basic structure, so this shudnt be a hard thing to do. i've never done a lot of networking before, plus sharing files over a bluetooth network is too slow and troublesome, so i really really need good simplistic solution(s).

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Not to interrupt on you PIP22, but you may want make sure that "NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBios Compatible Transport Protocol" has been installed in the TCP/IP Stack.... <--- is a requirment for File and Print Sharing amongst Cross OS Networks.
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cmon people, there must be a way! its been too long now, i understand that most of u r very busy but a lil good help is greatly appreciated.
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See my previous post badben25.... is the protocol i mentioned in your tcp/ip stack on all pC's trying to file/print share?
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