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Laptop running Win Vista won't print through wireless connection

I have a problem trying to print to a HP Photosmart 2575 All-in-One printer from my laptop computer.  The laptop is running Windows Vista and connects to the network using uses a wireless Linksys router WRT54G2.  The printer is attached by Ethernet cable to my desktop computer (running Windows XP), and it prints just fine.  No matter what I do to print through the wireless router, nothing happens except that the print output just goes to the print Que and sits.

 

I down loaded the Vista HP2575 software and updates directly from the HP website.

 

Six days ago when I first installed everything on the new laptop, I did a test print just fine.  

 

Laptop printer is configured to Spool print documents, and using Port “Dot4_001 HP Device”.  Also, it is set to “Share this printer”.

 

I tried a test and connected the laptop to the printer using a USB connection, and that runs just OK.  The wireless internet connection works just fine for web connections.

 

So, what have I done wrong

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Re: Laptop running Win Vista won't print through wireless connection

I finally resolved the problem. I'm not sure just why it works this time.
 
I decided to uninstall all the HP software, then reinstall it again using the HP website downloads HP2575 for Win Vista.  I just used the standard install while the wireless connection was active. 
 
I checked the properties for the printer.  The "Share this Printer" is unchecked.  The port is set at as "Standard TCP/IP Port".  Advanced tab - "Spool print docs ..." and "Print spoolded docs first" are checked.
 
My wife will be very happy to have her printer accessible. 
 
Thanks for suggestions.  larry
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Re: Laptop running Win Vista won't print through wireless connection

I'm a little confused on your network setup.  Let me know if I got this right:

 

  1. Your Vista laptop is connected to the internet wirelessly via your Linksys WRT54G2 wireless-router
  2. The Photosmart 2575 printer is connected via Ethernet to the same Llinksys wireless-router
  3. You desktop is also connected via Ethernet to the Linksys wireless-router

 

Is this right?

 

Here's my confusion:  I'm not sure why there's a USB print spooler on your Vista laptop.

 

If everything is wired as I've described above, you should check to see that you can browse the printer's internal web page using its IP address.  If you can, then you know that the network connections are working.

 

Last step is to reinstall the SW on the laptop and desktop. 

Regards / Jim B / Wireless Enthusiasts
( While I'm an embedded wireless systems engineer at work, on this forum I do not represent my former employer, Hewlett-Packard, or my current employer, Microsoft )
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Re: Laptop running Win Vista won't print through wireless connection

Yes, the setup is as described.  The use of the USB connection between laptop and printer temporarily using an additional printer definition on the laptop.  It's pretty late here right now so I will research more in the a.m.  I know what the router IP address is, but I don't know how to browse the printer's internal web or it's IP address (is if it is different than the router).  I'll have to resolve all that further.  Thank you.
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Re: Laptop running Win Vista won't print through wireless connection

I finally resolved the problem. I'm not sure just why it works this time.
 
I decided to uninstall all the HP software, then reinstall it again using the HP website downloads HP2575 for Win Vista.  I just used the standard install while the wireless connection was active. 
 
I checked the properties for the printer.  The "Share this Printer" is unchecked.  The port is set at as "Standard TCP/IP Port".  Advanced tab - "Spool print docs ..." and "Print spoolded docs first" are checked.
 
My wife will be very happy to have her printer accessible. 
 
Thanks for suggestions.  larry
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