Cannot connect to network printer
by Disneyfan - 7/30/07 12:45 PM
I just setup a wireless home network for a friend that has two computers on it. One, is a new laptop running Vista Home Premium. The other is an old IBM NetVista desktop running Windows XP Home and has a LexMark printer attached. Both computers are configured to be on the same workgroup. I want to be able to print from the laptop to the LexMark printer. The printer is set to be shared on the XP desktop system. I also have the latest XP printer driver installed on the desktop and the latest Vista printer driver installed on the laptop. I temporarily disabled the firewall on both systems.
When I try to attach a network printer in Vista, it finds the printer but fails to connect. If I try a suggestion to attach the printer as a local printer, it also fails. Either way, I end up with an icon for the printer in the Printers folder. When I go to properties on that Printer I can see the ink level, the print queue, etc. BUT... when I try to print from the laptop, it fails with...
"Windows cannot communicate with the printer. Operation cannot be completed."
Obviously Vista can see and communicate with the printer (properties) but it just cannot print. I would appreciate any suggestions. I have tried all of this several times with the same results.