Recently, new subscriber Suzanne wrote to ask about her problem installing her printer to her new notebook computer:
I just bought a new Notebook Computer ,.Gateway with Windows Vista Home Premium .I can not seem to get my printer networked.
Using a Lexmark X6570 All In One Printer, its new also. .I had my Compaq Notebook networked with it and it was easy..
When I click Add Printer it says I do not have permission to do this!? I am the only one using the computer and the home network, always have been. I am set as Administrator . I use Linksys Router .
You probably have to install printer software on your notebook, rather than just Add Printer.
In some cases, I have even had to go through the process of physically connecting the USB cable to the laptop for the initial setup on a laptop.
Be sure to read your printer software instructions — some printers (HP is bad about this) you have to install the software first. Then, at a particular point in the software installation, it tells you to connect the printer to the computer.
If you connect the printer too early, the fix was to:
- while the printer is connected,
- go into Device Manager and find the printer listing – it probably has a yellow icon with an exclamation point.
- Right-click and pick Remove or Uninstall,
- then install the software and connect at the specified time.