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    Win98 to WinME Network Printing

    Odd problem I don't know where to begin tackling. I've got two PCs connected in a small LAN via a Wi-Fi cable router. One's running Win98SE and the other WinME. The WinME maching has an Apollo/HP printer attached and it's working fine. I installed that printer on the Win98 machine as a network printer and it installs properly. Print commands from any program on the Win98 machine (including the printer properties dialog) appear to work fine. But ... and here's the kicker ... nothing ever actually prints. As best I can tell, the Win98 machine thinks it's spooled the job and transmitted it to the WinME machine. However, the WinME machine never hints that it's received a print job, and of course therefore never prints. I've checked the basic network configuration to be sure that the router's printer port is inactivated. Anyone got any other ideas??? <img src=/S/broke.gif border=0 alt=broke width=31 height=23>

    Thanks for any/all hints!

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    Re: Win98 to WinME Network Printing

    What firewall do you have running?

    You did share the printer?

    Did you use local drivers or the ones accross the network?

    Are you using the menu or the icon to send the print job?

    Is it set as your default printer?

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    Re: Win98 to WinME Network Printing

    What is the port setting in your properties dialog? Can the 98 machine "see" any other resources on the ME box, such as a shared folder? Create one and test it if you don't have any already. Do the same in reverse also, to make sure first that the computers can talk to each other on the network. Test copying a document from one computer to the other, and then do the same in reverse as above. If you can establish network connectivity, it eliminates a great deal from the picture.

    I second the notion of Dave's to check the firewall. You can deactivate it temporarily and see if printing then works.
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    Re: Win98 to WinME Network Printing

    Mark/Dave:

    Although this might be a bit foolish with a cable modem(?), I'm not actually running any firewall at all. And, all other network functionality appears to work fine. I transfer files back and forth between shared folders frequently. It is set as the default printer (in fact, it's the only printed installed). I had also thought about the driver issue too. I downloaded and installed locally the latest Win98 driver. Even temporarily connected the printer directly to test it - worked fine.

    Not sure what else I would check in the port settings. Does the Wi-Fi connection possibly require different port settings than a "hard wired" CAT5 conenction? My gut instinct is that somehow the cable router is causing the problem, but I can't point to anything specifically in it's configuration that would conflict.

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    Re: Win98 to WinME Network Printing

    Is this printer of of the "Smart" types, that will send message back to the computer about the ink, paper and etc?
    If so have you run the printer tests and adjustments across the network?

    Some "smart" printers will NOT print across a network, we had a HP 800 series that we could NEVER get it to print across a network, using two Win 98 machines.

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    Re: Win98 to WinME Network Printing

    Yeah, I'm beginning to think that might be the problem now too. The driver does have a "bi-directional communication" interface. Perhaps it is not sophisticated enough to be able to communicate across the LAN. I think I can actually shut off that feature. I'll give that a try.

    Thanks again for your help/suggestions!

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    Re: Win98 to WinME Network Printing

    I don't think you answered the question Dave asked about SHARING. Have you shared the PRINTER?

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    Re: Win98 to WinME Network Printing

    Yeah, it is properly shared. Sorry if that wasn't clear.

    Unfortuantely, I can't find any set-up option to disable bi-directional communication on this model. And, capturing the printer port didn't work either (MS Knowledge Base suggestion). I think I've simply got a printer model that is not compatible with Win98/ME network sharing(?). <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15> I guess you get what you pay for...

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