Both my printers, an HP Deskjet 895cse on LPT1 and a Canon Pixma ip5000 (USB)
are attached to my Vista desktop on a wireless network with 2 XP desktops.
I had Vista printer sharing turned on and both xp machines were seeing the
printers. When I tried to print a test page from either it would seem to
connect but nothing would print. In the case of the Canon the xp machine
even displayed a warning that one of my ink tanks was low on the Canon
machine, but still nothing came out. I had been successfully sharing these
printers before installing Vista.
I tried just about everything I read on these pages to no avail and decided
to simplify things as much as possible. So, this is what I did:
I shut off printer sharing on the Vista machine.
I deleted all printers on the xp machines and rebooted.
I turned printer sharing on again on the Vista machine.
I installed the printers on the XP machines by having xp search the network
in the printer folder when I chose to add a new printer, selecting the
printers (one at a time of course) from the list of network printers
Now everything works. I am no techie by any means but my conclusion is that
the xp machines were looking for xp drivers
on my machine that weren't there
and when I reinstalled them it added the Vista drivers
they needed to print.