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    hi, trying to print wirelessly on network, main pc (win 10 64bit) has homegroup set up, 2nd pc (win 10 tablet 32bit) has joined the network and both can see each others files.
    main pc has ricoh printer installed and works wirelessly, it's set as default, sharing printers in network & sharing is on both. How do I print from 2nd pc? thx in advance.

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    leitchyleck

    main pc has ricoh printer installed and works wirelessly



    Is it connected to your wireless network or is it connected to the main PC directly (i.e. via a seperate ad-hoc network)?

    The usual setup is to have the printed connected on the same network as the PCs so it's directly accessible to both. If that's how it's set up then you should just be able to add it in the control panel or install the drivers on the tablet.

    You don't need printer sharing turned on for that.

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    EndlessWaves

    Is it connected to your wireless network or is it connected to the main … Is it connected to your wireless network or is it connected to the main PC directly (i.e. via a seperate ad-hoc network)?The usual setup is to have the printed connected on the same network as the PCs so it's directly accessible to both. If that's how it's set up then you should just be able to add it in the control panel or install the drivers on the tablet. You don't need printer sharing turned on for that.


    They are connected through wireless network (sky router).
    As the tablet has no cd drive I copied driver file from cd and tried to run them but nothing happens when I click set up even though there is a x86 folder.
    Attempted to install drivers through control panel but it searches and cannot find printer when I try manually then browse for driver files it cannot find the .inf file?
    Edited by: "leitchyleck" 6th Sep 2016

    Drives on disk should only be used as a last resort, always download the latest one from the manufacturer's website whenever possible.

    Original Poster

    the tablet is windows 10 32 bit, could that be the problem?

    Download the full driver package off the manufacturers website. It will include the application to discover, install and setup the drivers. This should be the first step.

    leitchyleck

    the tablet is windows 10 32 bit, could that be the problem?



    Possibly, but you haven't given us the printer model so only you can check whether 32-bit drivers are available for Windows 10.

    Original Poster

    it's a ricoh sp213w

    It doesn't explicitly say, but as it has 'Windows 10 (x64)' and 'Windows 10' entries it's likely that the latter is for 32-bit installs or both:
    support.ricoh.com/bb/…htm

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    EndlessWaves

    It doesn't explicitly say, but as it has 'Windows 10 (x64)' and 'Windows … It doesn't explicitly say, but as it has 'Windows 10 (x64)' and 'Windows 10' entries it's likely that the latter is for 32-bit installs or both:http://support.ricoh.com/bb/html/dr_ut_e/re1/model/sp213w/sp213w.htm


    thx will give this a go.

    Original Poster

    got it printing but just to check, it needs the main pc on to print through 2nd pc? coz when main is off it can't print?

    if that's how printer sharing through a homegroup works it's hardly worth it!
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