Tech Support banner

Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 4 of 4 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Hello everyone:

I have a hpdeskjet3820 printer....I have two computers connected to it...one by USB port...other LPT1...however I can only get one to print.

Is there a way to get both printing...the other computer sends the info to the computer..but will not print...the print shows error in the spool file...and message comes up,,,printing failed

Thanks
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
37 Posts
From what i understand about printer sharing you have to have a router with a printer port on it (Network Printing). The printer will be connected directly to the router and be assigned an ip address. Both of your computers will have to be configured to use the network printer.

Setting up a network printer is a little different that setting up a regular printer,so be sure to read the manual carfully.

Another option (Which i never personally tried), I belive exists, is that you can have the printer connected to one computer and configure the other computer to use the printer connected directly to the other computer. Again you will need a router of somesort to acomplish this as both computers must belong to the same domain.

A simple search in windows XP on "Printer sharing" should guide you in the right direction.

Hope this helps
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,290 Posts
My findings are the HP printers cannot share the USB and Parallel ports. Somehow the printer defaults to one connections.

Suggest either a router with a built in print server or a networked print server.

Check on the HP web site for sure, but the HP 175x is a good all around USB networkable print server. New they are expensive, however, on e-bay you can get them as cheap as $40.

I would not personally attempt print sharing across machines, more headache than it is worth! But if you have time, give it a try!

JamesO
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,097 Posts
Evil Genius said:
Another option (Which i never personally tried), I belive exists, is that you can have the printer connected to one computer and configure the other computer to use the printer connected directly to the other computer. Again you will need a router of somesort to acomplish this as both computers must belong to the same domain.
This method works fine if you don't have the luxury of a network printer.
 
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top