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adam1964
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Windows XP Home Network: Sharing HP Deskjet F380

Hi:

I installed a HP Deskjet F380 on my daughter's Gateway desktop WinXP system. 
Software and drivers were over 400 MB in size. Call this PC and printer the 
Host. The Client PC, another Gateway desktop running WinXP, is linked to the 
Host via a wireless connection. The Host PC is available on the Network and 
the printer is visible. I want to allow printer sharing. I went through the 
Add Printer Wizard  on the Client; Networked Printer; Browse; I see the Host 
PC listed; Wizard asks for location of *INF file called "unknown".inf. I 
point in the direction of this file and am told this file does not have the 
driver needed. So, I go to the HOST computer. Control Panel, Printer and 
Scanner, File, Server Properties, Drivers, select Deskjet 380 and record the 
path C:\WINNT\System 32\SPOOL\drivers\W32x86\3. There is a driver file called 
hpudl.dll. This file is copied to CLIENT PC desktop. I go through ADD Printer 
Wizard again on Client PC. The driver file hpudl.dll is not an *inf file, let 
alone the "unknown".inf file that is being requested, so the Wizard balks. It 
does not make intuitive sense to install 400 MB of driver and software files 
on the Client PC since the software is installed on the Host PC and the 
printer works fine from there. What am I missing?? I cannot complete the Add 
Printer Wizard on the Client PC because the *inf. file is not recognized or I 
am not performing the installation correctly.

Thank you.

Adam
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Re: Windows XP Home Network: Sharing HP Deskjet F380

Look for the .inf file on your printer's software CD.

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Re: Windows XP Home Network: Sharing HP Deskjet F380

I do not have the original installation CD. I went to the HP website and downloaded the software and drivers on the Host PC.  Where is the .inf file and which folder am I putting it in on the Client PC?

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Re: Windows XP Home Network: Sharing HP Deskjet F380

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This thread should help.

 

Basically, download the software and unzip it....

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Re: Windows XP Home Network: Sharing HP Deskjet F380

 So, I have to install 400 MB of driver and software files
on the Client PC? Do I attach the printer to this Client PC and go through the installation Wizard also? 

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Re: Windows XP Home Network: Sharing HP Deskjet F380

No, this is just a way to get the .inf file from the download.

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