Network printer not installing

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    I' am having trouble trying to install the Canon MP780 printer on my netbook. I have Win XP Home installed and the computer that has this printer installed has Win 7. So basicly I tried adding the network printer but since it can't find a XP driver for this printer it can't be installed. I tried downloading the XP driver from Canon but even those drivers seem to not work it says can't find a suteable driver. I did try even installing the whole driver but that didn't work eather. Normaly I don't think I need to install the whole new driver since it's not a local printer. Normaly it should download the drivers I need from the main computer that has the printer but probley since that computer has Win 7 it doesn't work on XP. The main computer is already set to be shared like always. My Sony notebook that has Win 7 now did work find on installing the printer from the main pc which is the desktop. I did already set up my network so I can see other computers on my network folder on XP so it suppose to work.
     
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    Are we talking talking router network printer or printer installed on one computer as shared printer? Some clarification is needed here??? We need to know the complete wired and wireless setup to know what your doing and what hardware are you using for the router/switch or what connects them.

    Sometimes you do I have two printer as network printers that all my laptop and desktop can pick and choose to print to but one is default as main. My Samsung on each computer has the full software install but my HP 8450xi all my computer of which are Windows7 locates on the network printer find and install the drivers for and shows up as another printer option to use. In that regards W7 had the drivers to install for the HP printer and they are all connected through my router as network printers.

    Not always true sometimes you have to get the updates from the internet for the right drivers to install and load for the print drivers for some older or non updated printers.
     
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    The desktop pc has hard wire connected to the printer and I did set it so it's shared and that the desktop pc is also hard wired to the wireless router. We have a cable internet and have Vonage and wireless router. So basicly the other two notebooks are connected wirelessly to the router. The Sony notebook that has Win 7 did install the printer when it tried to detect a network printer but the Gateway netbook does detect the printer but can't find a driver to install it. The netbook has Win XP Home.
     
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    ok so tell me this what kinda of printer are we talking about ie make and model and does it have a network port and what kinda router are you using? Some printer newer one has a network RJ-45 network connector to hook the printer to the router making it a network printer. This is what I did to my Samsung color laster and HP 8450 printer both connected to the router and the router acts as the switch/network printer. Each laptop and main desktop detect and interface to the printer from the router thus making it a true network printer/server. That is the setup I think you should try to do and setup that would eliminate your desktop shared printer why cause if the desktop is off the printer is disconnected from any other computer wanting to print to the printer. I think you have to get researching on your setup as it sounds like you have various O/S and they have problems communicating to the printer through the desktop. This kinda setup I always not doing as it is problematic least the main has to be always on to work. At least with the router acting as the network printer server all each computer has to do is install the print driver or search the windows update and get the drivers to install and recognize the network printer and you should be able to print to it without the desktop being on.
     
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    The printer I' am talking about is the Canon MP780 as I said before and basicly it is directly connected to the desktop tower using USB. The desktop tower is directly connected to the wireless router and the router is connected to the cable modem. Of cource the Vonage device is connected to the modem and router also. My other two computers one is a laptop one is a netbook are connected to the internet wirelessly to that wireless n type router. The OS on the desktop is Win 7 Home 64 bit and my Sony notebook is also Win 7 Home 64 bit but my netbook has Win XP Home. Basicly I was easily able to install the printer by adding it on the Sony notebook that has Win 7 but for my Gateway netbook I can't add a network printer since it says there is no drivers that will work for the netbook. I think if my netbook has Win 7 then it would install the printer without problem but I don't have Win 7 on it. I need to find a driver or some way to download the driver for XP for the Canon MP780 printer that is connected to the desktop.


    I don't know how else to explain but I tried my best to explain how my printer is hooked up and my internet.
     
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    I did already downloaded the XP driver for the printer but it didn't work. Basicly I tried installing from add printer and going to network printer and then tried to browse and find the driver from the downloaded setup file but that didn't work.


    Here are 3 pics of my screen on what I tried installing and that didn't work that would normaly work.
     

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    Didn't an install disk come with that printer?
     
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    Well since this printer was from my moms best friend my mom doesn't have it also Tom doesn't have it. I thought by downloading the drivers from the Canon site will work. I have also tried installing the whole software like I' am installing the printer localy here but that doesn't work eather. I can't locate where the drivers are installed when I install the whole program. Since it's not like showing in the device manager since it's not a local connected printer.
     
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    Ok in this setup in desktop with windows 7 is it set to share the printer?

    Windows7 is better at finding and locating printer drivers then XP in network setups.

    Windows 7 is a networking O/S and will give you better chance of finding shared or network printers then XP.

    That would be the other option you will have to go if XP isn't seeing the shared printer you might be resorted to formatting and putting Windows7 on the netbook. Have you looked up and search to see on the web if anyone has connected a XP machine to windows7 shared printer in general? That would be another search you might need to do as someone most likely has either found you can do that or can't and or have to do something different to get it to work.


    You did but from what your describing if all working XP should've located the shared printer but from the sounds of it - it is having problem detecting the printer. You sure the XP O/S isn't having some kinda problem that isn't evident from the looks of it?
     
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