Network Printing Not Working


  1. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Home
       #1

    Network Printing Not Working


    My network is set up as follows:
    ASUS-LAPTOP
    DESKTOP
    GRADYLAND
    LEVONO-LAPTOP
    TOSHIBA-LAPTOP
    (from file explorer on DESKTOP)
    DESKTOP is my main workstation, GRADYLAND is the name of my WIFI network and the others are computers scattered throughout the house.
    I have an HP Laserjet 1020 connected to DESKTOP via a USB port which is intended to be my network printer and sporadically I have been able to print to it from the laptops, but not anymore. The printer works fine so long as I print from DESKTOP.
    The network in file explorer on TOSHIBA shows the same five entries as above.
    The network in file explore on ASUS and LENOVO both show the following:
    ASUS-LAPTOP
    LENOVO-LAPTOP
    That's all.

    Under settings, devices, printers and scanners TOSHIBA and ASUS both show Laserjet on DESKTOP as default. Trying to print a test page yields the following:
    Operation could not be completed (error 0x000006ba)
    The server print spooler service is not running. Please restart the spooler on the server
    or restart the server machine.
    in services, print spooler is running and set on automatic
    When I go to print a document on either of these, DESKTOP Laserjet is a choice, but nothing happens and no document appears in the queue.
    LENOVO is worse. Laserjet does not show up as a printer at all either under devices or as a choice in printing documents (choices are Fax or Microsoft Print to PDF). I have tried to add \\DESKTOP\Laserjet but it can't find it. I can't figure out what the IP address is even if it should have one.
    One other weird thing is that when I click on Network in file explorer, DESKTOP:gradyland:
    shows up under media devices on all four computers.
    The objective is to be able to print to HP Laserprinter from any computer instead of transferring the document to DESKTOP.
    All computers are using the current version of Windows 10 Home. I am not using Homegroups. I have sharing turned on everywhere (I think)
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  2. Posts : 6,977
    windows 10
       #2

    On the desktop the properties of the printer there should be an option to print direct and not use the spooler which may solve on problem it may also be on each pcs properties when you goto print. What are the share properties on the printer who has rights?
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  3. Posts : 12,486
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #3

    DESKTOP is my main workstation, GRADYLAND is the name of my WIFI network and the others are computers scattered throughout the house
    This is not a solution but a suggestion for the future. Looking at the information for the printer from HP shows it is an older printer. Complicating the issue is the communication reliability of the "other" computers in connecting [Wireless/Wi-Fi] through the Router to the Desktop which can be affected by a number of factors such as walls, type of paint, appliances [lots of metal and electricity], distance and even other wireless devices.

    I use an HP Officejet Pro 8600 and an HP LaserJet Pro MFP M26nw connected by Ethernet cables to the Router. Any computer I install the software on, whether Wired or Wireless that can access the Router, can print as desired, do not rely upon any other computer being running as long as the Network is working.
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  4. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #4

    [QUOTE= What are the share properties on the printer who has rights?[/QUOTE]
    File and printer sharing is on for private, guest and public network. Was that your question?
    Guess I posted this in wrong forum, my apologies.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Berton said:
    This is not a solution but a suggestion for the future. Looking at the information for the printer from HP shows it is an older printer. Complicating the issue is the communication reliability of the "other" computers in connecting [Wireless/Wi-Fi] through the Router to the Desktop which can be affected by a number of factors such as walls, type of paint, appliances [lots of metal and electricity], distance and even other wireless devices.

    I use an HP Officejet Pro 8600 and an HP LaserJet Pro MFP M26nw connected by Ethernet cables to the Router. Any computer I install the software on, whether Wired or Wireless that can access the Router, can print as desired, do not rely upon any other computer being running as long as the Network is working.
    Actually, ASUS normally sits on the same desk as DESKTOP, about 4 feet from the router. I tried hooking the printer to the router (Linksys WRT 3200ACM) using the USB cable which came with the printer but I couldn't get DESKTOP to recognize it. The Linksys manual says nothing about connecting a printer so I'm guessing this is not an option.
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  5. Posts : 1,604
    Win 10 home 20H2 19042.1110
       #5

    If you think you need the printer's IP, download Products: Belarc Advisor. It will tell you a lot more!
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  6. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Jacee said:
    If you think you need the printer's IP, download Products: Belarc Advisor. It will tell you a lot more!
    Hmm, printer is listed under other devices as Laserjet, no IP address shown.
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  7. Posts : 12,486
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #7

    This page talks about older versions of Windows but may be of help:
    How to Configure a Print Server: 5 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow
    I haven't set up a computer as a Print and File Server since the late '90s [in a shop I worked in], trying to recall if it was a Win95, Win98 or Win98SE machine but it was on a WinNT 4 Network. The printer was an HP Laserjet 4, used the Parallel Port.
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  8. Posts : 11,210
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #8

    hi there
    @sigsky

    do it like this :

    Stand alone" Network printers can be done slightly similarly BTW see 4) and 5) ).

    Note the computers can be anything - don't have to be XP / W7 - this is just an example when you have an X-86 and an x-64 machine sharing a printer attached to either machine. For a network stand alone printer use the same method but see steps 4 and 5 where you need to use a tcpip port and an ip address of the printer and can skip step 1.

    assume the computers are call XPMACHINE and W7MACHINE.

    1) Ensure Printer on XP machine is shared - assume it's called SHAREDPRINTER.

    2) On the Network Browsing on your W7 machine ensure you can "See" the Printer share.

    Now on the W7 machine do the following (doesn't matter if it's X-86 or x-64).

    3) Control Panel==> add LOCAL (Yes LOCAL) printer. I know it's on a Network but hold your horses -- what we are actually doing is "Poodlefaking" the W7 machine into thinking it's running the printer.

    4) Create NEW port==>Local port

    5) Portname is \\XPMACHINE\SHAREDPRINTER

    6) Now W7 will load a driver and you'll be able to print on the XP machine.

    Simple

    (For a "Network stand alone printer")

    at 4) chose TCPIP port
    and
    at 5) enter the IP address.


    If the printer is on the W7 machine and you want to print on the XP machine then do the same instructions on the XP machine --
    port name in this case will be \\W7MACHINE\SHAREDPRINTER

    Note for your case read steps 4 and 5 for stand alone network printer.

    for other cases replace names of XP and W7 machines with the machines you want to share printers with in the case of a printer being physically attached to a particular machine -- do the same action on all machines you want the printer to be available to.

    For network connected printers also do the same on each machine in the network you need to access the printer on.

    This method is simple --always works !!! why Ms makes such a meal out of anything to do with networking is really beyond me.

    cheers
    jimbo
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  9. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #9

    jimbo45 said:
    1) Ensure Printer on XP machine is shared - assume it's called SHAREDPRINTER.

    2) On the Network Browsing on your W7 machine ensure you can "See" the Printer share.

    Now on the W7 machine do the following (doesn't matter if it's X-86 or x-64).

    3) Control Panel==> add LOCAL (Yes LOCAL) printer. I know it's on a Network but hold your horses -- what we are actually doing is "Poodlefaking" the W7 machine into thinking it's running the printer.
    1) how do I ensure the printer is shared? On both computers, Under network & sharing, share files and printer is selected. printer shows up under default network printer on W7

    2) "Not clear what "Network Browsing" is, but infile explorer, if I click on Network the printer doesn't show,
    DESKTOP now shows (didn't before recent Microsoft update) but when I chick on it it asks for credentials and none of my credentials work. Not sure what "See" the Printer share means

    3) of course I have to search to even find Control Panel anymore but when I get there, under "Hardware & Sound" I can view devices and printers(Laserjet is shown under Printers but it can't display preferences or properties. The other choice is add device which only shows a Samsung TV. clicking on "Not finding what your looking for" takes me to a microsoft webpage which discusses connecting bluetooth.

    Thanks for trying to help, really
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