Network printer fine on XP but not Vista


John Hoog

Network printer (Brother 2040 laser) is on an IOGear single-port wireless
print server. The whole setup worked at one time for both XP machines and
the single Vista laptop I had at my previous home.

Dismantled and reinstalled at new digs, the print server and printer work
fine with my XP machines but not for my Vista laptop (a second Vista machine
newly added to the network). The print queue returns an error message.

Vista's file and print sharing and network discovery are on. The printer is
on a port labeled LPT:pS3834-1, described as,PID:1. The print
server is set up with a static IP at .160 and can be pinged.

I tried putting the printer on the LPT1 port, with no joy.

I would appreciate some suggestions for other things to try.

Finally, I have to delete the test print files twice. After the failed test
print, the queue message changes from "Printing" to "Error - printing."
After I cancel the document the first time, the message changes to
"Deleting - Error - printing" and then to "Error - Sent to printer."
Canceling the document a second time finally gets rid of it in the queue. Is
this expected behavior?

Mick Murphy

John, in the Vista'a Network and Sharing, did you add the printer from
there(not just the Driver), and browse to find the Network Printer, then let
windows install it?

Also, a bit of Networking info below.

Have a read of the above link re Vista File and Printer Sharing.

Permissions/Share info is there as well.

If using Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro I.S., make sure file and printer
sharing is enabled in THEIR firewall (or LAN allowed, depending on how their
Exceptions are worded in their Firewall)

1st thing to do is make sure that the Workgroup Name of ALL the computers is
the SAME.

In Vista Network and Sharing:

Network Discovery: ON (So it can see the other computers)

Network set to Private (Public is for hotspots, airports, etc)

File Sharing: ON

Public Folder Sharing: ON (Vista’s Public Folder is the same as XP’s Shared

Password Protected: OFF (unless you want to set up identical usernames and
passwords (passwords can be different) on ALL computers in your Network) If
you have it ON, you will be asked for a username and password when you try to
access a Vista computer from an XP computer, or a Vista computer.

Also, run the XP’s Home or Small Office Network File and Printer Sharing
Wizard to include Vista in your “New†Network, even if you had an XP Network
set up prior to adding a Vista computer to it(redoing the Wizard seems to
work for XP machines!).

In “My Network Placesâ€: “Set up a Home or Small Office Networkâ€
OR under Accessories > Communications > Network Setup Wizard > Allow File
and Printer Sharing.

John Hoog

Thanks, Mick. The answer's probably among those things you mentioned. I'll
get busy and check.

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