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Cannot access Network Computers and Cannot Access Network Printer

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Chicken mania

Chicken mania


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Hi, I'm trying to share a printer between 2 computers.

My computer, KANOU, uses Win XP. And the other computer: a laptop, ONGBY-PC, uses Windows Vista Home. We use a Speedstream 5100 modem and a D-link switch to share the internet connection. Also, on both computers, Windows firewall is disabled 'cos the hardware firewall is already in use.

The printer I want to share is named MP_130 and the local network name is WONGHOME. For Kanou, I was able to successfully configure the printer so that it could be shared. For ONGBY-PC, here's the problem. I managed to connect the laptop to the network and am able to see both ONGBY-PC and KANOU on the local network. However, when trying to add a printer, I'm unable to detect MP_130.

For folder sharing: For Kanou, under Network, I’m able to see everything shared under “KANOU” and “ONGBY-PC”. I’d followed the “File and Print Share Setup” tutorial but had to skip some steps (36 to 40, 47, etc.) ‘cos either the mentioned tabs, settings, etc. weren’t present or I couldn’t figure out what they were saying.

However, for Ongby-pc, I can’t seem to access Kanou and am stuck ‘cos I’ve no idea how to properly configure Windows Vista. When I try to access Kanou, I get this message: “\\Kanou is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact admin of this server to find out if you have access permission.” I tried enabling Guest account(with access: Remote Desktop Users) as a possible solution but that didn’t work.

So, is there anything I can do?
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Hi Chicken mania,

Could you describe to me how the devices are connected with each other? Any switches, wireless/wired routers?
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Hi Chicken mania
You have not told us where the printer is connected. is it connected to the XP machine? I assume but one should never assume. if it is then on vista machine

Go to printers - Add Printer.
ChooseAdd a local printer. Click on Create a new port. The default in the drop down box is Local Port. Do not change that. Click Next.
A dialogue box will appear asking for you to enter a port name. Type in the \\computer name\printer name ie. My computer's name is basement and the printer name is EpsonSty so I typed in \\basement\epsonsty

Edited by peterm, 18 April 2008 - 07:11 PM.

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