Over 1 million tech questions and answers.

Network Printers

Q: Network Printers

I have two HP network printers.
After I install them I go to the Control Panel Devices and printers, and rename tboth of the printers so that the users will know which HP printer they should use.

After I reboot the machine,

In the Settings ->Devices page, the secondary printer displays the words "not connected"
However in the Control Panel ->Devices & Printers the printer icon is fine.
I've been able to print from notepad.

So does Not Connected mean something different in Windows 10,
or does that mean that some apps, maybe modern apps will not be able to print to my printer?

Second question, that let Windows manage my printer keeps getting turned on, and then if anybody prints to the photo printer, the next person to sit down at that computer prints a text document on photo paper! Is there a way to keep that that default printing to work the way default printers always worked?

Preferred Solution: Network Printers

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Network Printers

Not connected means exactly that. Since they are network capable printers, you do not have to make any changes or share them from your computer. The router will handle everything. You need to go to each machine and allow them to install the printers from off of the network, with the software that HP has.

Read other 0 answers

I have had a problem for a while now and can't figure it out. My main computer which has my printers installed on it now does not show any printers. However, I can see them under "View Workgroup Computers" as they are shared (network) printers. My problem is that I cannot install any printers nor can I see any in the Printers and Faxes. I can print and they show up under printers to select from programs but because I can't see them, I am having trouble updating programs like Adobe. Adobe fails making a reference to the printers.

I checked the print spooler under Services and it is running. I have stopped and restarted it but the "Printer and Faxes" screen is still blank. I have no viruses and have scanned for them with Norton, Trend Micro, and even ran Hijackthis. I tried using a Windows print spooler cleaner but that barfed and would not work.

I tried to add printers via the Microsoft Windows Network and I was told that I did not have administraive priv. to do it. This makes no sens since I am the admin. on my local computer and no settings have changed to cause this type of error message.

Any suggestions?


A:Missing Network Printers in "Printers and Faxes"


Read other 1 answers

When I click on Network the next window shows all of the computers but does not show the network printers.
At the top of the Network window there is a "Grayed Out" option to "View Printers".

How do you make that active?
or is there something else I should do?

A:Network printers do not show up in Network

What computers/OS's are on your network? Have you set up or joined a HomeGroup? Do your other computers have network discovery turned on, and are they set for file and printer sharing? All accessed through Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change advanced sharing settings.

Read other 10 answers

I have a network consisting of 5 computers all running win98 through a 8 port router. 4 of the computers are stationary and 1 is an HP Omnibook XE2.

The network is set up with full sharing on all systems. When I attempt to install a network printer to the laptop I get an error saying that the printer is offline. I get the same error for any of the other printers on the network.

I have no problems installing network printers on any of the other stationary computers. These computers even have access to the printer installed on the laptop.

I have checked all the "sharing" settings on the laptop and they are all set the same as the other computers. (I must be missing something!!)

The laptop does have access to the files on all the other computers. Just not the printers.

As a side note our previous laptop (Multimedia Notebook) worked fine.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A:Network Printers

Read other 16 answers

Hi Guys, Im about to install three network printers, can anyone give me any tips on getting started. ie. do I need to setup an ip address on the printer itself, how do I get the workstations setup to use it?

A:Network Printers

Depends if you have a DHCP server it should assign addresses - if they printers have DHCP client ability - if not you will have to assign them static - outside the range of the DHCP server

Read other 2 answers

I've been trying to add a network printer, with no success. I have a 10/100 switch, all my computers and printers are plugged into it. I have a mostly Mac network, and they all work fine with respect to file & printer sharing. I'm setting up a couple PCs with WinXP Home, and I can't detect the printers that are plugged into the network. When I go to the 'Add a Printer' wizard, I can't detect any network printers; I can only see the 2 other PC boxes on the network. I then tried the "local printer" option, where I can set up a TCP/IP port to talk to a printer. The problem here is that I don't know the printer's IP address. How can I determine it? (The printer is an HP LaserJet 5M.)

A:Network printers

Does it have a JetDirect card in it? I thought 5M's were parallel printers.

Read other 1 answers

An HP Laserjet 5000 and HP Laserjet COLOR 4700 are setup on a network.
Both print a test page OK. Both print requests from Windows
programs OK (i.e. Word, Notepad). If print request (copy or print)
is issued from DOS commandline (even after net use is issued),
HP 5000 prints request but HP 4700 does not. MS Print Manager
shows requests from both come in and out of print queue but
only the HP 5000 actually prints the request. No errors are
being generated (that are visible). How can this issue be
investigated further to isolate why one printer can not
print a DOS request?

A:Network Printers&DOS

The easy way is using an application like DOSPRN.

Read other 1 answers

Hi All,

I have a printer issue with several printers in office, in order ro print using the printers I must keep the print button held..in order to print, has anyone any ideas to why this is happening.


A:network printers

Well, with no information about the network or the printers, it's pretty hard to say.

Read other 1 answers

Any help would be appreciated on this one.

I have only one network printer that is a color laser jet. I currently have two domains, one is NT and the other is Active Directory. The laser jet is currently on the NT side, and I would like to keep it there. My dilemma is that I want to publish this printer in active directory, so all users in that domain have a printer to use. They currently still have access to the NT side and is how they get access to the printer now (using their NT domain credentials). Is there a way to publish this printer in active directory without having the prompt come up for network id info when trying to connect to the printer from the active directory side.
I have already published the printer in active directory with no problem, but when any of the users tries to add this printer by searching the directory, they are still prompted for network id info from the NT side, where this printer resides.
I'm not even sure this is possible without joining the printer to the active directory domain.

Again, any help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

Read other answers

We are using a Dos and Windows 98 network. We are using Novell 4.1x software. In our Dos network, when employee A prints a document in his department it is routed through the server and printed on his local printer. When employee B prints the same thing happens in his department. We can achieve this fine in dos. But our problem is that Most of our pcs have isa cards. the new ones have pci cards and we now want to do the same thing in a windows environment(spelled right?). We know how to share a printer, but can't figure out how to specify that certain employees print to certain printers. Any help on this would be great! Thanks Guys.

A:Network Printers

I just wanted to let you know that the version of windows we are using is windows 98.

Read other 3 answers

I have two network printers, a HP 1006 that is shared off my Windows Home Server and a Brother 2070N that is shared from another Dell PC running Windows 7. I can print to these shared printers from every other PC attached to my home LAN but the Windows 8 PC. I cannot add drivers but I can "see" both printers when I go to Control Panel and try to add the printers. Anyone else have trouble with printing?

A:Cannot add network printers

Cannot connect to my network-attached printers even though Win8 sees them. I'll hook one up to the Win8 PC via USB and see if that works tonight...

Read other 3 answers

I have two computers both using Windows 7 I also have two printers. I want to use either printer on either computer. There is no other user involved.

A:network printers

what are the make and model of the two printers , can then be connected to a network
if not then you can connect to a PC and share
Use the Homegroup Feature in Windows 7 to Share Printers and Files

Read other 2 answers

Windows 2000 DOMAIN Network

User 1 = Me
User 2 = A Domain User

HP Printer = Print1 (already have drivers on machine for me)
I want to be able to setup something so that if User 2 logged onto my computer (User 1), they will be able to still use Print1 without reinstalling the print drivers... Is there a way to do so?
Would it be in a script? Would I use a Roaming Profile?


A:Network Printers

Read other 16 answers

Does anyone know how to make VB 6 print a document to different printers on the network. I have a simple Word document that I want to print to three printers on our network when the application is executed. I just don't know how to print things to the network printer. The printers are set up on the server as \servername\printername. Ideas?

Read other answers


I have a HP 3600 connected to the network. I sent jobs to print and although the printing status is "printing", it never prints them. On the printer, it says it is ready. I turn the printer off and then on and it prints the documents. What is the problem??



A:Who knows about network printers?

Read other 12 answers

We have around 80 odd network printers at work. They have already been configured to the print server and all work.
Most of the printers are not physically labelled.

If a user says that they want to print to a printer that is not labelled.

The only information that I can get from the printer is the IP address by printing the configuration.

Is there any easy way of finding out what the name of the network printer is from the IP address? Other than going on the server searching the printers to find the port that matches the IP address.

Thanks in advance

Read other answers

I have 10 printers setup on the Windows 2000 server.

When a user logs on to the domain from an XP workstation, 2000 Workstation they setup the network printers, no problems.

When a different user logs on to the same machine there are no printers at all.

How do I make it so that the first user sets up the network printers so that any new user that logs in also has those same printers available?

If I can put it into a logon script so that no one has to setup the printers, that would be great!!

Please Help!

A:Network Printers (again)

Read other 16 answers

When we add printers on our clients PC's we use the Find Printers and then search by Location (Usually will find the printers on our print server). Our print server is Win 2000 and the clients are in XP Pro. For the last month when we attempt our search, the printers no longer appear. We can browse to the network printers to add but we can no longer search by location for the printers. Has anyone else been having problems with this issue?

Read other answers

We have many stations in our company and our OS is WINNT 4.0. We use Microsoft 2000. The situation is this : One of my users here has many network printers hooked up to her station as well as a local printer which is just not reliable for large jobs so the dafault is the Optra W ( we have Optra S, T, E+, E322...etc. ) which is a server printer. When she clicks the print icon it should go to the default, sometimes it sends the job to the Optra S or locally to the Optra K. When jobs get sent to the Optra K they rarely actually print out. When she has an email open and goes to File>>Print>> the local printer is the only option she has. We are at the point we are copying/pasting emails to word where she actually has the option to choose her printers( all are available in Word ) and then we just hope it prints at the Optra W like it should.

Does any of this make any sense? We have rebooted, uninstalled, reinstalled local and network printers and the local is soon to be uninstalled for good!

Sorry for the rambling. I hope someone has an idea for me.

A:NOT printing to network printers

Sorry, but before I can suggest answers I have a few questions.

You say your OS is NT4, but then say "we use Microsoft 2000". MS 2000 what? Office?

The user with multiple printers "hooked up" to her PC; how are they hooked up, through an external print server box? Also are they set up as a printer pool (as they are similar models), which would explain why output comes from various actual printers.

What email program is she using?

Read other 2 answers


I have a question... i was browsing through group policy and noticed that there is an option to define a website where users can click to add network printers... i was wondering how to setup that page so when they click on the pritner name it adds it to their computer?

Any help would be great!

A:Adding Network Printers

Never noticed that group policy. Where is it located?

Read other 1 answers

Is there some way you can map a network priter to an LPT number? Does it still use the setprint command? If so does anyone know what the command line is, it has been a long time since I used it.

A:Mapping Network Printers in W2k

Start, settings, printers, add printer, next, choose local printer (I don't use auto detect), next, pick your port.....

Read other 3 answers

I have a 2k3 server based network that has several shared printers (not network printers). I need a way for multiple users to be able to connect to and use the printers.

Originally, i setup the printers under a domain admin account and found that when other users log onto the machines they don't have the printer. A shared printers only connected per user? not per machine?

Is there a way to create a GPO that will connect a shared printer and make it the default? I am pretty sure you can do it with a vb script but i would prefer not doing it that way.

Thanks all

A:GPO to connect network printers

A shared printers only connected per user? not per machine?Click to expand...

In my experience it has always been a printer shows up on all profiles.

Also the only ways I know to add printers are through WSH, printui.dll, and other third party apps. Never heard of a simple GPO that installs a printer.

Read other 2 answers

Can someone educate me on how network printers work in Windows?Is there only one way of setting these up, or several ways?
Do I have to have a driver for the specific printer on the client? Why can't the material be sent to the server in some device independent format (Postscript??), and converted to printer commands on the server?
Do I have to have a driver for the specific printer on the server? If the driver is on the client, presumably it's talking directly to the printer (using the server only as a means of communication) using the printer's own command codes, so I don't see why the server needs a driver...
Under what circumstances can or can't the client download the driver from the server?
What happens if the client and server are running different versions of Windows, either an older version on the client, or an older version on the server?
What happens if the client is running 64-bit and the server 32-bit, or vice versa?
What happens if there is no driver available for the newer version of Windows (which might be the client, or the server), because the printer is quite old?
Many thanks - Rowan

A:Network Printers and Drivers

These Microsoft articles may help.

Install a printer on a home network


Read other 3 answers

I have a pc running Ubuntu 10.4 and netbook running xp home. I have set up a network between them but it doesn't seem to be working right. Ubuntu can acess the files on xp but then asks for a password to open them, but i didn't set up a password so don't know what that is. I've tried my log on passwords for ubuntu and xp but neither worked. It would be good to get the file sharing working but what I really want to be able to do is print from the netbook. I have a printer connect to the pc via usb. The pc is then connected to my router/modem by an ethernet cable. The netbook connects to it wirelessly. I have been told it is possible to share the printer through the router/modem but the network wizard in xp says it can't find the printer, even if type in it's actual address on the network. Although the netbook is allowing me to share files and they show up on the pc, I can't see my shared files on the pc from the netbook, there is no network icon

Read other answers

I came into work today and found that I can't print to three of my five network printers (two Oki printers and one HP). In fact, I cannot even ping their IP addresses. (I get "Request timed out" or "Destination host unreachable."

One of the printers that I can't ping is my main printer, and I verified its IP address using the printer's built-in menu (it prints out a page with the network status).

I re-installed that main printer's drivers using the manufacturer's CD. The program says that the drivers installed correctly, but I still cannot print. This printer normally has a static IP address ( I used the printer's menu to obtain an automatic IP address and it came back with, which I think means that the printer can't communicate with my router.

The HP printer is wireless. The other four printers are plugged into a 16-port hub. The two wired non-working Oki printers are showing green status light as well as amber light at the point where the ethernet cable is plugged in.

I'm out of ideas so any assistance you could offer would be helpful. Could this be a new year's bug?

A:Some of my network printers won't print

Read other 7 answers

Hi. I have a HP laseJet 4300 and a HP Laserjet 5M printers connected to our corporative network and their computers sometimes print their works normally and sometime user have to make their print request twice. In this last case sometimes they isn't any network or OS response until the second request and then print oK and sometimes has an error message:

Error in <printer path/printer name> en <XXXX>: Cannot print, They are several causes for this error:

- Not enough memory
- If you are printing in a network. It's possible because a bad connection or bad print driver.
- Network computer cable damaged or network printer cable damaged

This error appears in several applications. The first case is not possible; I try to reinstall printer driver in some computers without success. network cables are OK and network connection normally remains during the printing proccess. Could you help me please. I hope an answer soon. We have most of the computers with Windows 2003 and both printers are connected to the same Linux Debian server. I hope an answer soon. Very thanks in advance. best wishes

A:Problems with network printers

...I try to solved this Problem going to the Printer Advanced Properties and by activating a radio button about Printing Directly in The Printer and without using windows print queues (At respect of http://support.microsoft.com/kb/271901/en-us Method 4 related to the Event ID 45). This prove was succesful in both printers and it works perfect with HPLJ5M but in this case HPLJ4300 cannot scale printing with Word (cannot print in a 90% for example). What could you do to activate this features or to solve printing problems by another way.(the another 3 methods of the msn above page support are useful only if the server is W2k3 also; and our Server works with Debian 3.0 you know). I was found some additional information about printing errors in the Windows Box; that is:

Error 1) Event ID 6161. I can't print the document.. and CODE WIN32 who returns Print Server can change (sometimes is 259, sometimes 1801 or 0). at respect of errors 0 and 259; I can find in microsoft support page URL: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824339/en-us

Event ID 6161

This problem occurs because the error that the underlying component reported was overwritten. Therefore, only the last error was reported. For example, the following Win32 error codes may have been reported:


This error code means that the operation completed successfully. You receive this error code when an underlying component such as graphics device interface (GDI) returns a failure but does not set the last err... Read more

Read other 1 answers

For some reason I cannot connect to any network printer with some of my XP pro 64 machines. It a seam to be affecting all the HP models “XW4600” that we have in the office. It does work on others machine we have running XP 64. The error message I am getting is “Operation could not be completed. Either the printer name was type incorrectly, or the specified printer has lost its connection to the server."

The printers are connected to a windows server 2003. The printers are online and are working with all my XP X86 and other of my XP pro 64 machine.

Read other answers


We just receive our new server (Windows 2003) and in the middle of setting it up. What we are trying to do is add a printer. All printers are connected to our internal network (Ethernet). The problem is that when we browse for network printers, it finds nothing. I can ping one of our HP printers, but using the Add Printer wizard is sees nothing...

Any help or guidance would be helpful,

A:Network 101 - Seeking Printers

Depends on what printer you have, BUT most of those devices come with their own printer "auto discover" and configuration software. You usually just load up the software from the accompanying CD and it guides you through the process. What model is it?

Alternatively,If the printer has an IP address, make sure it is on the same IP range and that you can PING it from the clients. PINGING establishes connectivity. Once connectivity has been established you could just go to Add New Printer and connect to the printer over a "Standard TCP/IP" port.

But you're better off using the CD.

Read other 3 answers

After many attempts I returned my switch and gave up on trying to network my two printers. I tried and tried and returned a switch for another in doing so only to finally have a tech tell me that my printer was seizing the switch at boot up and not releasing it and therefore NO Switch or No method could be used to run teh two printers off of one computer.

The one printer is an old Canon Mutlipass 800 (combo printer/fax/scanner) which I use almost exclusively for the 'fax to computer' feature and then a simple Hp colour bubble jet printer.

Is there any trick that can be used to run these off one computer or will I forever be doomed to plugging them in and out of the back of the computer.


A:Looking for a trick to network two printers

Read other 16 answers

I'm hoping someone can help me here. I have installed a wireless network in my home office which works, but I need to network my copier/printer/scanner/fax machine (it is one machine). It claims to be network ready, plug in and go!! Ha Ha, no such luck. Even it's own software doesn't see it! Apparently I need the IP address of the machine, but I have no idea how to obtain this. Can any one help?? PLEASE. It's taken me TWO days to get nowhere!
Many thanks in anticipation!


A:Network copiers/printers

Read other 6 answers

I have two network printers that will not print from Windows 10. I get an error message 003 that indicates the que is full but there is nothing in the que. The printers work fine from my Ipad and IPhone.

Read other answers

I have five computers on a home network with a router. All computers are wireless to a single printer. I bought a small wireless printer for my daughter, loaded the software, established a connection and made the new printer default on her computer. All other printers were knocked off the original printer. Any ideas? Thanks.

A:Printers on wireless network

Read other 12 answers

When i add a network printer on Windows XP Professional it only adds to the current user and i want it to add for all users. The only way i've figured out how to fix this problem is to use my login script (kix) to add the printer but my script is getting full of all the different printer for every machine. Is the anyway to add printer for all users on Windows XP?

A:Adding Network Printers

for network printer just put some IP ADRES in printer setup...

go to some other machine and search the computer name and after that you can c the printer and double click for that...

Read other 3 answers

I have a Windows 8 computer that can only see one of the Lanier copiers on our network. I pinged 3 of our Laniers on the network but only one is coming up. I have no issues on our other computers (which are the same models and imaged the same), it only happens on this one computer. I have connected it to other ports but nothing changes. I turned off the firewall on the computer in case that was blocking it but that changed nothing. I have also checked the Laniers to be sure they where not blocking any IPs.

I have searched the internet for any similar issues but can't seem to find anything quite like this...yet. I have also discussed this with my IT Manager but he can't come up with a reason for this ether.

So I thought perhaps someone here could give me some suggestions or ideas of what might be going on.

Thank you for your assistance!


A:Can't Find Printers on Network

Are you using a print server or are the printers just plugged in as individual devices and configured manually? Can you provide the IP and Subnet for the PC and the printers it cannot connect to?
Also please run tracert from both this PC and one that can connect see if there are any differences (of course there will be, but the overall path is what we are looking for)

Read other 3 answers

I have windows 10 on my Lenovo PC. I initially had a wireless Lexmark printer which worked fine with Windows 10. Since then I have added a wireless Brother Printer to the network.
I can print to the wireless Brother printer, but I cannot print to the wireless Lexmark printer.
I checked Control Panel, devices and printers and both printers look to be set up the same way
in Printer Properties.
My question is: can I have 2 wireless printers that print on the same network.
If so, what might be my problem.
Thanks for your help.

The technical specs are:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 94 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 12230 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 730, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 921259 MB, Free - 838112 MB;
Motherboard: LENOVO, SKYBAY
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

A:2 wireless printers on my network

Read other 7 answers

I have one Vista and three XP SP2 machines networked as workgroup.

From Show WorkGroup Computers and click one particular computer shows several printers named


But from that machine, Printers and Faxes shows Fax and two real printers, only one of which is shared as LexmarkZ.
I suspect the others are ghosts of printers that were installed and shared (though not with those names) then deleted, but I cannot get rid of them.
This particular machine originally ran Win 98, which may or may not be relevant.

I can't find any documents hanging around waiting to print.

Any suggestions?

A:phantom network printers

No ideas at all?

Read other 2 answers

I would like to get a list of all the printers on my network.
This is the information off of each printer that i would like:
IP, share name, port name, department, and mac address.
Does anyone know of any tool that can do this for me.

A:Finding all printers on a network

So i guess that there is no way of doing this?

Read other 2 answers

We have recently updated our four work computers to windows 10. Mine shows none of the network computers or printers under network. Under printers it shows one of our four printers but says driver unavailable and the spooler is not working.
I can get onto two of the other computers using a link under my quick access bar which was set up on our previous windows, so it can go to these computers, but they are not showing up on the network.
I have googled some of these questions and tried control panel/ administrative tools/ services/ to turn on UPnP Device host to automatic but it wont start and comes up with Error 1068: The dependancy service or group failed to start. Similar for SSDP discovery and Print spooler.
Under change advanced sharing options I pick 'turn on network discovery' but it wont stay on/keeps going back off.
I may be able to find a way to get onto the printers I need but would ideally like everything to show up properly under network.
Any help would be appreciated.

A:network and printers not showing

Are you using a Microsoft account to logon to your computers? If so your problem is probably user name related. Under Win 10 with Microsoft Account logon your email address associated with the Microsoft Account is your user name. You would need to change you Network User Permissions Usernames to the email address used for your Microsoft Account.

Read other 0 answers

Hi I am working to find a new printer on a network. The new printer has the exact same name as another printer in the network? How do I assign a PC to default to the correct printer. It is a very active office so the trial an error thing sometimes takes a long time and also is frustrating because every time I install a new PC to the network (which is often) I run into the same problem over and over again.

So how to I get the IP Address of the networked printer?
How do I use the IP Address when assigning a new computer?

Thanks so much in advance. Without this forum I wouldn't have a job!!!!

A:2 printers on the the network with the same name how to assign?

just go to the server via the run command from whichever desktop you are mapping from, and add the correct printer from there.

Read other 3 answers

I have a Win 7 Professional 64-bit user who intermittently loses connection to all of his networked printers. The printers show with the warning symbols and "no connectivity" message when I open Devices and Printers. When I restart the print spooler locally, it has no effect. I have to restart the print spooler on the Win 2003 server and then he gets reconnected to the printers and can print again.

This is a newly installed Win 7 Pro pc that was installed with 4 other identical pcs. The others are not having any issues.

Any help appreciated.

A:Network printers losing connections

After some searching around I found the only listed fix is to disable bidirectional printing, I believe that is referring to the machine with the problem.

Disable Bidirectional on the ports tab of the print properties. The
language monitor for the device is requiring a resource which is only
available to system or admins (this is why the jobs print after restarting
the spooler).

In fact the same problem was fixed many times by disabling bidirectional printing.

SOLUTION that worked for us
SOLUTION: Disable Bi-directional in the printer's properties (if it's on a Print Server, you have to do this on print queue's printer properties).

I thought maybe the printer was sending or expecting some info to or from the queue, so I thought of Bi-Directional printing. I remembered it from back in the mid-90s doing tech support with consumer printers, and figured it couldn't hurt to try it on enterprise network printing.

This has happened to us a few times with random and different HP models.

This has fixed it every time.

Good luck!

Read other 2 answers

Bigpond wireless network modem 2 computers 1 hp printer all works well on 1 computer other works well except in excel which claims no printer installed yet word can print ok. help

Read other answers

I have two computers that I want to connect: my laptop and my desktop. Both run windows XP. We have DSL and a wireless hub. The desktop connnects directly to the wireless hub with ethernet and the laptop connects through a wireless network connection. How can I set these computers up to share a printer, using the desktop as the print server?

A:Solved: How to set up a network with shared printers?

This TCP/IP Home Networking and File Sharing Tutorial should get you started.

Read other 1 answers


I was at a job site today working on an HP Inspiron laptop (looked to be 3-5 years old) running XP Home.

I did my usual "tune-up" process, but because the laptop maxes out 512mb of RAM, there was only so much I could do to increase the speed.

I got a call about an hour later from the user sounding very terse and telling me that "all of my printers are gone". I asked him to clarify, and he said that he checked Printers in the Control Panel and none of the 8 printers that are normally there were there anymore.

He is on a wireless network in his office (where I did the work) so he connects wirelessly to a few of the printers. But even the local printer in his office and the one at home were missing.

I had him check the print spooler service and try to get it running, but he got an error message back saying that "the print spooler service could not be started on this computer". I've never experienced this problem before.

My tune-up's don't come anywhere near the printers. I do, however, go into msconfig and clear out the Startup menu and clear out the "non microsoft" services. Is it possible that clearing out any of those items would cause ALL of his printers to disappear? I also install AVG, and that has (very rarely) caused some quirky stuff to happen.

I have to call him back in the morning, and I have no idea where to even start.

Any help you guys could offer would be GREATLY appreciated.

Read other answers

At the office we have a small 35 user network on an NT4.5 small back office server. It has been updated with service pack 6.0.

For some time now (before and after the service pack upgrade)there are mornings when none of the network printers will print. It doesn,t seem to be any specific day or interval (ie. it may be two or three consecutive days or once every two weeks).

Downing and bringing up the server usually fixes the problem although sometimes it takes three cycles of this to get the printers back on-line.

Is there anything I can check when the printers are down to see if its due to resources being low or anything like that. Anything to compare in working vs. not working mode.

The online defragmentation is running a lot (ie every few minutes sometimes). Is this indicative of a problem.

We have increased the RAM and did the service pack upgrades but this intermittent problem continues.

Thanks in advance for your help. The people at this site have been very helpful in the past and their efforts much appreciated.

A:Network printers unavailable some mornings

Well, since you haven't received any help yet...

Email [email protected] and you'll get instructions to do just that by reply email. Of course, ignore the Internet Explorer info that you get. Clean up the hard drive on the server. Run a scandisk and a defrag so you know that it's not the hard drive. And, of course, this will need to be done when no one is connected.

That will give you a good starting point. Let us know what happens.

Read other 2 answers

My Dell laptop cannot see any of my printers on my network. I recently installed a new Linksys 160N Router and created a new network on my desktop which runs Windows 7.
These are the three computers I have:
HP Desktop - Windows 7
Dell Inspirion 600m Laptop - Windows XP
Compaq Desktop - Windows NT
Prior to installing the new router, all computers could see each other on the network.
I am a novice. Thanks for any help.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.60GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 1023 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9000, 32 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 72794 MB, Free - 48125 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corporation, 0X8957, , .D1XM981.CN4864358I4849.
Antivirus: Norton 360, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:Solved: Laptop can't see network printers

Are all of the desktops on static IP addresses or are they using DHCP? If it is a router you installed the IP addresses are probably not even on the same network.

Read other 3 answers

Aaron Weaver has made a discovery the world could probably do without: He's found a way to spam your printer from the Web.By using a little-known capability found in most Web browsers, Weaver can make a Web page launch a print job on just about any printer on a victim's network. The Web site could print annoying ads on the printer and theoretically issue more dangerous commands, like telling the printer to send a fax, format its hard drive or download new firmware.The rest of the story: Coming Soon: Spam on Your Printer From the Web

Read other answers