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Help with sharing a printer wirelessly with XP and Vista


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Hello, I saw the step by step instructions for sharing a printer here: http://www.geekstogo...ng-t102163.html

My main PC where the printer is installed has Windows XP. Two laptops have Windows Vista. One of the steps shows to add the driver for other versions of Windows, but the list shown does not include Vista. I do not know how to allow the Vista laptops to see the printer installed on the desktop PC that has Windows XP.

Can someone help me with this?

Thanks.
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Share it on the XP machine, set all machines to the same workgroup, works exactly the same way under Vista as it does under XP.
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The laptop with Vista could not find the printer.
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How is the printer connected to the xp machine
via a paralell cable or via a usb cable?
Cheers
Peterm
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It is connected via a USB cable.
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Click on the properties of the printer click on the port tab what port is it printing to on the xp machine?
Also have you shared the printer on the network from XP

Edited by peterm, 08 October 2007 - 01:24 AM.

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The port checked off is the USB - "Virtual printer port for USB"
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Hmm odd
Are you sure you have shared the printer correctly ? Is there a hand under the printer.
Do you have the cd for the printer
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Is there a hand under the printer.

Hmmmm, what do you mean a hand??

I am pretty sure I have shared it correctly. I followed all the steps on this site.

I do have the CD for the printer. It is a Canon Pixma ip4300.
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Ok it must have this

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If you mean what shows in the Control Panel under printers, then yes, but mine says Canon 1p4300
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Ok but it has the hand?
can you pm me your ip address
does the printer cd have vista drivers on it
How to tell if you have vista drivers
if not
Click on this link
Canon vista driver
and download the file to your vista machine.

Edited by peterm, 08 October 2007 - 05:11 PM.

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Yes, it does have the hand.
The two links you posted do not work.
Should the printer software be installed on the Vista machine?
I don't think the CD has the Vista driver. The Canon website describes the ip4300 compatability as:
OS Compatibility Windows® XP/2000/Me/98 and Mac OS® X v.10.2.8 to 10.4.x
I can get the driver for Vista off the Canon web site. Should it be installed on the XP machine and the Vista machine, or just the Vista?
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Ok the links time out
You need to go to the canon site and download the vista software and run it on the vista machine
go to this site then click on drivers/software
then download vista
click on me
Cheers
Peterm

Edited by peterm, 09 October 2007 - 01:41 AM.

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OK I will install the Vista driver, but does the printer software need to be installed on the Vista machine?
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