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I want to be able to use the printer in my office from my laptop. I sometimes need to print items while I am using my laptop but end up transferring work to a disk and then printing, this is a pain. I need to know from the computer guru's out there what is the easiest way to accomplish this in laymans terms please. I have ie7 on both laptop and desktop. Thanks
 

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This is an easy one. If your laptop is on the same network as your PC (that the printer is connected to) then do this:
First go to the PC with the printer. Get the name of that computer (right-click My Computer and click Properties and the Computer Name tab)

Back at the Laptop - Click <Start> - <Run> and type \\ComputerName and <Enter>
This will show you anything shared from that computer
If the printer is there - just double-click it - if it's not there you will have to go back to the Computer and Share the Printer - then do the above again.
 

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Not an expert Mike, but I get by.

Your laptop is networked to desktop already, right. If not, of course that has to happen first. Get a wireless router and follow the instructions. If your laptop is newer it probably has an integrated network card.


If already networked, you need to enable printer sharing from your desktop.

Go "control Panel" - "printers and faxes" - if XP click on share this printer on the left. If that option isn't there, right click your printer icon and then click properties. Click the sharing tab and follow the instructions.

On the laptop go "control panel" - "printers and faxes" - as above find the the "install printer" option. Follow the instructions. Letting Windows find the networked printer is usually best because this tests your network connection again as well.

The only thing I can't remember is if you have to install the printer drivers on the laptop anymore. You used to have to have the drivers on all machines using that printer. It'll tell you if you need to install the printer software on the laptop.

That's the basics of it.

Good luck.
 

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Thanks to both, I will try spend some time getting it working,
 

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Zotter said:
Get yerself one of these - hook up the printer to it - any machine on the LAN can use the printer - no need for a 'host' PC to be on and running.

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HP info

I use one here at the house for my LJ-1320 - love it.
Unfortunately this only supports parallel printers, and today's printers are mostly USB...:(
 

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Well - HP does make USB JetDirects as well.

I just did buy a LaserJet 1320 - it was parallel. I can't afford to use Ink Squirters, so maybe I'm avoiding the USB only devices.

Cheaper to buy a new InkJet printer than carts for it anymore. What a scam that is.
 

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Interesting Gilles. I go to Staples, Frye's, CompUSA, and others and all except the high end network printers show both USB and parallel. I've found few that were USB only.
 

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I use an Apple Airport Express, does the same thing very nicely. No matter if you use Mac or PC. (I use both on it) About $99.00 and EASY to set up.



Zotter said:
Get yerself one of these - hook up the printer to it - any machine on the LAN can use the printer - no need for a 'host' PC to be on and running.

Ebay clicky

HP info

I use one here at the house for my LJ-1320 - love it.
 

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Interesting Gilles. I go to Staples, Frye's, CompUSA, and others and all except the high end network printers show both USB and parallel. I've found few that were USB only.
I have a Lexmark 7400 (all-in-one type of printer) and it has just a USB port. Kind of a pain since we have 5 computers at home and I rebuild/reconfigure them too often to have one being the print server. As Tate mentioned I should look for an HP Jetdirect with a USB port and print via IP.
 

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Thanks, your post helped me complete setting up my replacement laptop. Getting the printer to work off the laptop was the last step. A few days ago someone asked about getting rid of Norton--that worked also. This is a great site--Thanks again.

Eric
 

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I have a Lexmark 7400 (all-in-one type of printer) and it has just a USB port. Kind of a pain since we have 5 computers at home and I rebuild/reconfigure them too often to have one being the print server. As Tate mentioned I should look for an HP Jetdirect with a USB port and print via IP.
I have a Lexmark 3550 with optional WI-FI. According to the documentation it can be sued as a stand alone network printer. Might want to look into weather yours can do that (WI-FI adaptor from LExmark is supposed to be $50)
 

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Two things I recommend against - usually.

1 - All in one printers. They're neato kits, take up smaller footprints - but if any one part has issues - you loose 'em all. Having each of those functions in separate units allows for greater flexibility and usually cost less. That way when you've worn out your printer, you don't have to throw away your scanner.

2 - Anything in a consumer model line that 'squirts' ink. It's a device designed to separate you from your money - and incidentally print pages. There are exceptsions - but generally color sprayers are a poor choice over time.
 

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Zotter said:
Two things I recommend against - usually.

1 - All in one printers. They're neato kits, take up smaller footprints - but if any one part has issues - you loose 'em all. Having each of those functions in separate units allows for greater flexibility and usually cost less. That way when you've worn out your printer, you don't have to throw away your scanner.
I figured I couldn't go wong for $99.00, and 3 years later the thing still works. Primary use is printing, followed by faxing. Number 3 is copying, and number 4 is scanning.

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2 - Anything in a consumer model line that 'squirts' ink. It's a device designed to separate you from your money - and incidentally print pages. There are exceptions - but generally color sprayers are a poor choice over time.
Totaly agree on the ink pitters being ink guzzlers.
 

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Zotter said:
Two things I recommend against - usually.

1 - All in one printers. They're neato kits, take up smaller footprints - but if any one part has issues - you loose 'em all. Having each of those functions in separate units allows for greater flexibility and usually cost less. That way when you've worn out your printer, you don't have to throw away your scanner.

2 - Anything in a consumer model line that 'squirts' ink. It's a device designed to separate you from your money - and incidentally print pages. There are exceptsions - but generally color sprayers are a poor choice over time.
Thread hijack ---

I've got a Dell All-in-one printer for the wireless 3-puter set up we have. Has worked just fine for the past 3-4 years. Last month, while changing ink cartridges, the press-tab on the cartridge carrier snapped at it's flexhinge. :( So, now, after inserting the color ink cartridge into the carrier, the carrier won't stay in a secure, flat position and won't hold the cartridge tight up against the splatter contacts. I tried wedging it, since they say the printer won't print unless BOTH cartridges are present. It prints, butt only in black - no color, obviously.

Pinged Dell with the mess - got a reply that there is no fix/repair to be made and the *only* solution is to buy a new printer!!! :mad: Hell, they're cheap, so why not? I'll do that, butt --- fratzinfingle, for a leetle tab 'bout the size of your thumbnail, you'd think ........ :rolleyes:

Anyway - the hijack: do I have to use a Dell-branded replacement printer, or will another brand work as long as it's configured to the system (Dell and Windoze NT)? I see where Staples sez they now carry Dell systems and accessories, butt the beeg city here in SoCenTejas don't got a Staples. :(
 

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Anyway - the hijack: do I have to use a Dell-branded replacement printer, or will another brand work as long as it's configured to the system (Dell and Windoze NT)? I see where Staples sez they now carry Dell systems and accessories, butt the beeg city here in SoCenTejas don't got a Staples. :(
NO, you don't have to buy a Dell printer (they don't actually make them anyway).
If you want another all in one, check WallyWorld. They sell the Lexmark X3550 for $80 and if you want wireless right off the bat look for the 4500. The wireless adaptor for the 3500 is $50 from Lexmark.
PC mag just did a comparo of the AIO inkjets for speed, clarity and price (including inks) The Lexmark was middle of the pack on all but total cost for printing. The inks were a tad more but with the low price of the unit it actually came in lowest for total cost.
 

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NO, you don't have to buy a Dell printer (they don't actually make them anyway).
If you want another all in one, check WallyWorld. They sell the Lexmark X3550 for $80 and if you want wireless right off the bat look for the 4500. The wireless adaptor for the 3500 is $50 from Lexmark.
PC mag just did a comparo of the AIO inkjets for speed, clarity and price (including inks) The Lexmark was middle of the pack on all but total cost for printing. The inks were a tad more but with the low price of the unit it actually came in lowest for total cost.
Thanks a lot, Ken - I appreciate it. Got me some shoppin' to do!!

Now back to the original thread topic!
 

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Linksys Print Server 4tw!

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I have a Lexmark 7400 (all-in-one type of printer) and it has just a USB port. Kind of a pain since we have 5 computers at home and I rebuild/reconfigure them too often to have one being the print server. As Tate mentioned I should look for an HP Jetdirect with a USB port and print via IP.
I used one of these for a while until my printer died and I replaced it with a color laser networking duplexer. Worked like a charm.
 

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Dick,

I feel your pain. We throw a fax maching away every couple of years 'cuz they die and can't be fixed for the price of a new one. I have tried every brand out there and they all seem to last about the same.

Can't you come up with a little piece of plastic or something that you glue to the cartridge holder? If nothing else, I would Crazy Glue or hot melt the new ink cartridges in just to use 'em up.
 

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Dick,

I feel your pain. We throw a fax maching away every couple of years 'cuz they die and can't be fixed for the price of a new one. I have tried every brand out there and they all seem to last about the same.

Can't you come up with a little piece of plastic or something that you glue to the cartridge holder? If nothing else, I would Crazy Glue or hot melt the new ink cartridges in just to use 'em up.
Hi, Jim - ya know, I thought about doing just that. This leetle all-in-one printer has done a real good job for what we use it for. An occasional fax; sometimes a copy; and quite a bit of just plain ole printing. I hate to think I gotta toast it just for a leetle plastic tab. I still have that tab and I think if I can get the carrier out in the open far enough to work with it, I'll do just what you suggest - work some sorta McGyver magic on it!!

Wish me luck, cuz I really don't wanna go to the electronic stores where my wallet gets hit on and the shopping carts hold too much stuff!!! :rolleyes: ;) :D
 
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