Let's start from scratch and see how we make out. Here is your checklist:
1) File and Print sharing turned on (both machines for your setup): In Control Panel, Network Connections, right click on your NIC card and select Properties. In the resulting window, you should see File and Print Sharing and there should be a check in the box.
2) Both PC's have the same workgroup name (not 100% necessary, but makes things easier): Right click on My Computer -> Properties -> Computer Name. Ensure that the Workgroup name is the same. If not, pick a machine to change and click Change.
3) You can ping between the machines: From a command prompt, type (without the quotes or brackets) "ping <insert_machine_ip_here>". If you do not know the IP's of the machines, on each one, one of two easy ways:
a) right click on the two computers by your clock. select Status, then Support. The IP will be listed at the top.
b) Open a command prompt and type (again, no quotes) "ipconfig" and hit enter. This will also show you your IP at the top of the list.
Succesful pings will show a reply. Timed out means they cannot hit each other which is prolly a firewall issue, but we'll cross that bridge as need be.
4) The printer is installed and working on the "Master" machine: fairly self explanatory.
5) The printer is shared on the "Master" machine: Printers and Faxes, look for a little hand under the icon of the printer you want to share. If it's not there, right click on the icon and select "Sharing". Take the second option in both dialogs you will see (no wizard, I just want to set it up)
Once completed, it should now be a matter of simply going thru the motions of installing a printer on the slave machine. When the dialog starts, and it asks you where the printer is installed, select network, then select browse in the next dialog. You should see the shared printer there and can select it. You may or may not require the driver disk supplied with the printer, but Windows will let you know.
Best of luck and lemme know how you make out, or if there are any further questions.
Be well, SD
Edited by SoccerDad, 23 July 2005 - 01:53 PM.