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Printer issue w win7 and usb receipt printer, local downlevel doc ?

Q: Printer issue w win7 and usb receipt printer, local downlevel doc ?

My new windows 7 computer is a dell package from staples. It's an Inspiron 660, 3 ghz, 4 megs ram, 64 bit, intel pentium processor. It's running Windows 7 Home edition. It's on a 'workgroup' network with two xp machines, one of which shares data files that reside on the win7 machine.

My usb receipt printer is an Epson tm-u220D. This printer is not plug and play, so the driver had to be downloaded and force fed. No problem there really; after a few tries we got the printer to print a test page and the accounting software (Bottom Line Accounting) seems to recognize it fine.

This setup is used as the cash register in a retail store, and prints receipts for customers on paper rolls.

Here is the minor glitchy problem - when we print a receipt it prints fine, but then we can see the red error light on the printer start flashing, and the next receipt won't print until we switch the printer off and back on. Also we see a local downlevel document in the queue that goes away in about a half minute whether we turn the printer off or not, and it instantly disappears if we do turn it off.

It's gonna be a pain to switch the printer off and back on between every two customers.

Surely there is an easy fix for this problem - any printer experts out there? Thanks in advance!

Preferred Solution: Printer issue w win7 and usb receipt printer, local downlevel doc ?

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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I have a customer that is using a leading POS software and has the kitchen Epson printer that was printing fine and stoped. I had to use a serial addon with a Shuttle xp computer. We are running XP Pro, Sp3.

I have a new cable at my office and I am trying to get it to work, first using my serial port. Until now, that port has not been used.

I tried adding a generic printer and seeing if it would print to com1, then com2. Did not work. I have the interface settings, they are Baud rate, 9600, Data bit,8, parity, none, stop bit, 1 or more, handshake DTR/DSR.

XP serial printer had 3 control options, Xon/Xoff, hareware, none. I have test with none and hareware. still does not print.

When I try a test print, I seems to be going somewhere because in goes off the screen.

I would like to get this, first printing from my serial port, to insure that the printer is ok. Then I will address the usb/serial interface that I have to use with the Shuttle.

Can someone help me with using a serial port?

Thanks in advance,
Jack Privitt
PC Tech support

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I recently upgraded my office PC to Windows 7 Pro. I still RDP in from home on my XP pro machine. I can not get my local printer at home to show up in my Win7 machine while in a RDP session. I've checked printers under local resources but still nothing. Any ideas?


It also occured to me that it might have to do with me connecting to a 64 bit machine from a 32 bit machine and drivers etc not working but it should still see the printer right? Any help is much appreciated!

A:RDP from XP to Win7 can't print to local printer

You can try Printer for Remote Desktop from FabulaTech. It doesn't require to have printer drivers installed on the server, works with both RDP and ICA protocols, and your printer will be isolated within individual session.
Printer for Remote Desktop - redirect printer to RDP or Citrix session

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We have two Windows 7 machines on our LAN, one of them having a printer connected to it. The problem is, when I connect to the printer from the computer with no printer attached, it says, Downloading driver..., Finishing Installation..., and then a message box pops up: Connect to printer: Windows could not connect to the printer. Access is denied.

OK, I have disabled both firewalls, disabled both antivirus programs, shared the printer, made sure the printers security was set up right (Everyone: print, control printer).

And yes, I have tried using a Local Port named like this: \\<computername>\\<printer>
And no, that did not fix the problem.

I think it has something to do with the computer the printer is attached to, it had all of its services disabled, but I have enabled enough so that the printer shows up as available on the network.

Any help would be much appreciated!

A:Win7-Win7 printer sharing; connect to printer access denied

On the computer that has the print device connected to it.
go into your Device and Printers > Right click on the printer > printer properties > security > Then add the user account of the other computer with at least the print permissions.

Remember that the manage documents permission a lone does not allow the user to print.

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We have a Canon iP3500 connected to a desktop running XP Home SP2. The desktop connects wirelessly to our router. I have laptop running Vista Basic SP1 with a wired connection to the router. The printer is shared and almost all programs running on the laptop can print to the iP3500 with no problem.

One of the software packages that came with the printer, "Canon Easy PhotoPrint EX", installed with no problem on the laptop. When I try to run the program, a pop-up box reports "Printing cannot be executed because a printer supported by the software is not installed." I can click OK to continue running the program but can not print anything. Canon tech support has confirmed that the software does not support a shared Canon printer on another computer.

I had thought I had come across a utility over a year ago (before we purchased the printer) that would map a shared printer on another computer to appear as a local USB connected printer. Trying to use Google to find the program is giving me way too many hits on web pages with discussions on general USB printer sharing issues on networked computers.

Does anybody know of such a program and provide a link please?

A:Solved: Make remote printer appear as a local USB printer?

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Trying to run a small business and make a Epson TM-U235D receipt printer run from a new laptop with no serial port is like trying to run a steam locomotive with a TV remote. First, I have a 25-pin to 9-pin serial from the device out. Had to use a U-2303 compliant serial to USB patch cable and driver. The printer is on com port 5 and I can send test print signals to it. The Epson driver is loaded and the computer has a default printer (properly identified as a TM-U235) but I am still not clear if this driver is an XP, Vista, what kinda driver, I don't know. Has anyone tackled this one before? I need to have a 7 driver to run this printer and I can't find one anywhere (except for the scam driver monitor software ploys). Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks.

A:Win 7 Driver for Epson POS Receipt Printer

Hi phantomphlyer, Welcome to the forums, have you tried this driver https://www.epson-pos.com/cgi-bin/sd...072&oid2=13076 its for the TM series printer

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I really hope someone here can help me with this, as I'm really stuck at the moment.

Basically, I'm aiming to get an XP Pro SP3 machine working with a parallel Epson receipt printer model TM-U220. I've been to Epson's website and got their latest APD software and installed it correctly as described in their PDF manual on the only parallel port (LPT1).

The printer itself appears to be working fine, as well it should since it's brand new. But I can't get any response in Windows. There's a final stage of installing it on the PC where it should pop up the New Hardware Wizard, but I'm not getting anything other than "unavailable" and pinging it has no response either.

I tried swapping the cable for a new one, no luck there either. I'm pretty sure I'm doing something stupid -- something like using the wrong type of cable or hardware setup - at the moment I'm using a male to male parallel cable - is this wrong? Should it be a male to female? In which case I'm lost, unless you can get expansion ports with the right connector type for this on it?

Please help, I'd be so grateful if you could point me in the right direction or if I've not given the right info for someone to help.

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I have recently been given a POS system from a friend in a different country. It is quite an old system and the receipt printer is some overseas brand I have never heard of.
POS system is Sam4s Touch Screen POS System. Running XP I believe. Windows Embedded pos ready 2009.
Im having trouble connecting the printer to the POS. I downloaded and installed EPSON advanced printer driver and the printer shows ready in printer settings. Then I try to do a test print and it drops out mid print always at the same spot and goes to "offline" then "not available". It doesnt come back online unless I reset. Sometimes that doesn't even work.
The printer is an Ultra Fast TM200. After doing some research I found that the compatible printer is EPSON TM-T88iii. It also prints really slow when it does print
At this point im wondering if there is a faulty cable. It runs on the old serial ports.
Or im thinking it could be something to do with the IP addresses.

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I have a problem at my job I'm trying to get help with. We have a POS, running Windows 7. It is basically like a mini Windows 7 computer, but for mainly POS purposes.

We have two printers on it, and we have to constantly switch them, because that's the way the program is designed. The one is a receipt printer, and the other is an ordinary printer. This is actually a common setup and problem with that register.

Our problem, is that for some reason, a program keeps sending a print job titled, "My Visual Basic", to the receipt printer. This jams it up, because it won't print that or anything else at that point, until we delete that. Then there are the usual Windows issues with the printer we have to deal with.

We don't really want this job being sent to either printer. We don't need the program sending it.

I can tell it's a progam, because it's not being sent by us, and I checked to see if the printer was networked. It's not. So nobody is sending it to our printer. How do I tell which program is doing this, and stop it?


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I have 5 computers networked. 3 are Win 7 and 2 are XP Pro SP3.
The printer is connected to an XP machine and can be seen by all computers.
They are all in the same workgroup.
The 2 XP computers can share the printer normally and as long as the machine with the printer is on I can print without problems.
The 3 Win7 machines cannot.
I have tried all tricks I found here. I added the printer to Win7 as a local printer and added a local port that points to the XP machine (//XPComputer/Printer). That didn't work either and it seems to be the way people get it to work between XP and Win7.
I tried adding a network printer and although it sees the printer in the printer list, it hangs adding the printer or after adding the printer I get error 0x0000000d or 0x00000716. I looked these up but couldn't find anything that helped me solve the problem.
There seems to be some sort of authentication issue between the XP machine and the Win7 ones.
One tidbit of information, the XP machines are both using NetBEUI. Not sure if that is causing the issue or not. Haven't tried to disable it.
Has anybody fixed anything similar??
Any help is appreciated.



A:Weird printer sharing issue - XP and Win7

Maybe this tutorial will show you the steps needed for it to work correctly.
Share Files and Printers between Windows 7 and XP :: the How-To Geek

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I hope people don't mind my "cross-posting" Printer plugged into Win7 box - how to print from remote XP machine? - which I put in the devices forum yesterday, but the solution might be more a networking issue.

I am not with my computers right now so can't test it, but perhaps Sharing files and printers with different versions of Windows - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows solves my problem.

Summarizing the problem:
I have a computer that used to run Windows XP 32 bit
I upgraded it this week to Windows 7 64 bit
This machine has a printer USB connected to it
Prior to the upgrade, all the other Windows 7 and XP computers in my house could remotely print to that printer
Now only the other Windows 7 computer in the house can remotely print to it - none of the XPs can
Yes, the printer has been shared
A wrinkle I discovered last night is that from one of the XP computers, I CAN print remotely, from my account on that computer with the same user id and password as on the Win7 computer that has the printer attached. But from the same remote XP computer, different account, I can "see" the printer, but stuff just builds up in the print queue without printing and without error messages.

What I want is:
EVERY computer in the house (Win7 box connected to the printer, plus remote Win7 and XP machines) can print
Accomplish this WITHOUT having to set up each remote computer with an account with the same username and password as I use on my Win7 computer
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A:Networking issue - Win7 printer, XP remote machines

in the sharing properties of the printer, add the "Everyone" group with print and manage print jobs checked.

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I am using a POS system I wrote 2 years back in Access 2000

I have acquired a thermal receipt printer for my POS program. It prints on a 80mm wide strip of thermal paper. It's drivers offer certain paper sizes and cut options which Access 2000 does not seem to like. I get a message "cant print or preview because the page size you selected is larger than 22.75 inches", which it isn't I gather from hours of googling, this a default error message for page sizes that are not supported by Access.

I gather the solution to my problem is in a VBA module, but I have no idea how to fix this. Any Help will be greatly appreciated.

I gather this is what I need, but have no idea how to modify this to suit a "page" of 80mm x 3276mm (roll length).

Option Compare Database
Option Explicit
' Author: Jim Bonacorda, MIS
' Phone: 732-721-5544 ext 3166
' E-mail: [EMAIL="[email protected]"][email protected][/EMAIL]
' Created: 11/20/2002
' The purpose of this module is to manage the
' printer settings for reports in this application
Const MOD_NAME$ = "Module modPrinterMgmt"

Type str_DEVMODE
RGB As String * 94
End Type

Type type_DEVMODE
strDeviceName As String * 16
intSpecVersion As Integer
intDriverVersion As Integer
intSize As Integer
intDriverExtra As Integer
lngFields As Long
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A:Solved: Access 2000 Report: Print to Thermal 80mm receipt printer?

presumably you need this
Sub sSwitchPaperSizeToLegal(rptName As String)
'The purpose of this sub is to set the page size
'for a report to legal
Const SUB_NAME$ = "sSwitchPaperSizeToLegal"
Dim DevString As str_DEVMODE
Dim DM As type_DEVMODE
Dim strDevModeExtra As String
Dim rpt As Report

'Open report in design view.
DoCmd.OpenReport rptName, acDesign 'Open report in Design view.
Set rpt = Reports(rptName)
If Not IsNull(rpt.PrtDevMode) Then
strDevModeExtra = rpt.PrtDevMode ' Get current DEVMODE structure.
DevString.RGB = strDevModeExtra
LSet DM = DevString
DM.lngFields = DM.lngFields Or DM.intPaperSize Or DM.intPaperLength Or DM.intPaperWidth
'DM.intPaperSize = 5 'legal
DM.intPaperWidth = 800 '80mm
DM.intPaperLength = 32760 '3276mm
LSet DevString = DM 'Update property.
Mid(strDevModeExtra, 1, 94) = DevString.RGB
rpt.PrtDevMode = strDevModeExtra
End If
DoCmd.Close acReport, rptName, acSaveYes

End Sub
Have you tried using 3" by 5" card setting to see what happens?

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I need a tear off receipt printer for messages.
I am using a standard print to local printer function but it is a waste of paper and too big. A receipt printer would work great but I have no clue if there is any support outside dedicated pos environment.
Any suggestions on hardware software??

A:I would like to use a pos printer as a standard win7 printer???

Star Micronics TSP100LAN works just fine, I found out.

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I am testing some Windows 7 Professional clients on my SBS 2003 (Svc PK2) domain and I am having a confusing printing problem.  Each day my Win 7 users turn on their machines and it seems like the first prints of the day ALWAYS fail.  When they print it actually sends two items to the print que.  One item is the appropriate print page (even a simple test page has the same result).  But the other item is simply listed as  Local Downlevel Document.  This is the problem item.  it will NOT print.  I have to stop and restart the print spooler while trying to delete this item from the que.  Sometimes it takes many, many tries before it disappears.  Once it does I can stop and restart the print spooler one more time (yes...this extra start and stop seems to help) and now my prints will be sent to the que properly and the prints will come out without a problem.  Until tomorrow when the process seems to start again.Are there any suggestions I can try???   I have updated the printer drivers to the latest I can find on the internet.  I have rebuilt my printing ques but always have the same results.  Any suggestions at all?Thanks for any helpRich

A:Windows 7 Printing sends a Local Downlevel Document and will NOT Print

That is because the printer driver installation does not start because of the error. By default high privilege will be needed when you install driver. The clients may need to install the Windows 7 compatible driver on their client computers. Printer driver installation program will prompt that if you would like to install a local printer or a network shard printer. Then select the correct option and finish the installation.
If the driver installation program does not help in this, follow the steps below to add a shard printer.
1. Click Start, click Control Panel and double click Devices and Printers.2. Click Add a Printer. 3. Select "Add a local printer". 4. Select "Create a new port". Choose "Local Port" as the type of the port.5. In the box "Enter a port name", type the address as the following format.
\\[IP address of the host computer]\[The Share Name of the printer]
Then click Next.
6. Follow the instruction to finish the installation. During installing, choose the correct driver in the driver list.
Also you can try to add the Windows 7 compatible printer driver to the printer server. You need to install the Windows 7 compatible driver in one of the Windows 7 client, then follow the steps below.
1. Install the driver on one of the Windows 7 clients.2. Launch mmc from Start Search box.3. Click File->Add/Remove Snap-in.4. Add "Print Management". Point to the server in "Specify the printer server". 5. Expand &qu... Read more

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Hi all. Sorry if this is in the wrong place, but I did not see a dedicated printer sub-forum, and I didn't see a search link either. Why no search?

Anyway, I have Vista Ult 64 SP1 on one or my machines. I have an HP Photosmart printer, and it works fine. Here are two things I have Qs about:

1) I do not see the printer in the D.M. Shouldn't it be there?

2) When I boot the computer, spoolsv.exe is running (as it should be) but the mem usage is very high - almost 11,000k. If I go to services.msc, switch the service to disabled, stop the service, switch it back to auto and then start it, the spoolsv.exe mem usage is at 1,200k. When I reboot, the mem usage reverts back to 11,000k. There are no jobs in the print que (that I can see), so I am wondering why it is so high when I boot.

Thanks in advance.

A:Printer and printer service issue


I'm not sure but my service is at 16k & then drops to less than 1k.

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Hello i Have the above problem while I try to share a printer on a domain network.
My windows firewall (localy) is also damage, is that the problem that I have to solve first?

Windows 8  - cannot share a printer error message appears "[Window Title] Printer Properties  [Main Instruction] Printer settings could not be saved.  There are no more endpoints available from the endpoint mapper.   [OK]

A:Windows 8 - cannot share a printer error message appears "[Window Title] Printer Properties [Main Instruction] Printer settings could not be saved. There are no more endpoints available from the endpoint mapper. [OK]

You may need to reinstall the printer. Remove the printer driver from Control Panel\Programs and Features, then add the printer from Devices and Printers.

Please note that if the printer driver is not in the list in Devices and Printers, I suspect that the printer is currently not compatible with Windows 8. In this case I suggest you contact the printer manfuacturer for more information.
Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. ?

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I have a user is on his personal Win 7 home PC with his Canon printer plugged in via USB. From his home PC, he VPN's and RDP's into his Win 7 box here at the office. The question is that he would like to print files within the RDP session from his local printer connected to his local home PC. Is that even possible to do? And how?

A:How can you print to local printer in RDP from the local PC?


Have you checked 'Local devices and resources' within the RDP setting?
Make sure 'Printers' is ticked

Does this help?


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I login win7 with the "administrator" account and password: xxx, my computer is the server to share the printer to other computers on the LAN, if I change the password of the "Administrator" account then the computer Other computers
on the LAN will not print. If I create a "PrinterShare" account and a yyy password to share the printer, when I log in to win7, there will be 2 accounts: "administrator" and "PrinterShare", I don't want to share the printer account
when I log in appears, how do I do it ? or I use an "administrator" account that still shares the printer, but I am allowed to change the password as long as the computers on the LAN do not know my password when sharing the printer.

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Does anyone know a vbscript for making a local printer a default at logon?

Many thanks,


A:Local printer script!

How bout a logon script using NET USE??

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I'm puzzled as to how "add a local printer" and "add a network, wireless or bluetooth printer" are different.

Under "Add a local printer", I can use an existing port or create a new port, under which I can set a TCP/IP address to connect to shared printer over network. What's the difference between existing port and new port? How is this port local when I can set IP address to printer shared over network?

And how does "add a network, wireless or bluetooth printer" function differently than the former? I'm trying to distinguish the nature between the two so I can get a better understand for troubleshooting purposes. I appreciate any help.

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I have some laptops set up with windows 2000 and they are used in user mode (Restricted user)
I noticed when logged on as the User, I am unable to add a local printer to the computer but I am able to add a network printer. Is there some permission I can set to allow the User to add printers?

A:Unable to add local printer in W2k

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Hi I'm new here so this may sound silly, but I've searched and find whats going on. I am trying to add a printer to my network, but for some reason the option to select "local computer attached to this computer" is grayed out so I can't check it like I usually do. Any one know why this is? Thanks in advance

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I am trying to set up a HP LaserJet 5000GN printer with a direct wired ethernet connection to my Samsung R519 laptop running Windows 7.

The printer is checked as compatible with Windows 7 (32 bit), I have the recommended HP Universal Driver installed and the TCP/IP port and printer TCP/IP address set up. The LAN network device is enabled. I did notice that Windows could not detect the printer during the set up routine however.

When I try to print, the document spools OK in the print queue and the port address is shown however after about a minute, a printing error is shown.

What am I doing wrong? This arrangement worked fine on my old laptop running Windows XP.



A:Local printer connection via ethernet TCP/IP

So your printer is plugged in via ethernet directly to your computer? so you have 2 nics?
Or is the printer plugged in to the router/switch via ethernet?

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When using remote desktop to a select number of PC's, the local printer ports (TSXXX) are not being redirected to the remote computer.
PC's are all Windows 7. There is no error message. The printers just don't show up, and when you go to manually add them, the local ports do not show up.
Any help would be appreciated!

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I had a HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 3525 installed. After trouble scanning to my PC I decided to uninstall and then reinstall printer.

I tried removing it from Devices and Printers, now there is a ghost image with exclamation mark remaining behind. If I try to remove that I get "Access is denied, unable to remove device".

When I go to uninstall a Program there are the following:
-HP Deskjet 3520 series Basic Device Software
-HP Deskjet 3520 series Help
-HP Deskjet 3520 series Product Improvement Study
-HP Deskjet 3520 series Setup Guide,
If I try to uninstall any of them I got access denied.

I then tried the following:

-I ran CMD, launched PRINTUI /S /T2 and removed printer driver from there.
-I looked in the registry under
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\ Windows NT x86\ Drivers\Version-3\
there was nothing there.

In frustration I deleted the printer's folder in Program Files, now if I try to uninstall under uninstall a program the Windows Installer just hangs.

I still have the ghost image and can't find anything else to try.

Any suggestions will be welcome.

A:Local printer won't remove completely

Welcome to Windows Seven Forum.

Did you disconnect the printer from your computer before uninstalling the software from Programs & Features. Try that & see if it helps.
You could also try reinstalling the printer software as you have deleted it from Program Files & then try what I have suggested in disconnecting the printer & then uninstalling the software.

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Does anyone succeded sharing a printer, which is set up to Localport?
I've tried, it can be shared, but can't print.

A:Sharing a printer on Local Port...

Can't print from the local computer or the other computer? Is the printer installed on both machines? What error messages are you getting when trying to print?

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I am running Vista Home Premium x64 and am having trouble printing from some applications to a local USB printer.

I installed the already loaded HP printer driver. Can print a test page from the properties menu of the printer, can also print from notepad.exe and IE x64. I can only print after switching the port to USB

When I try to print from Word or any of the Office 2007 products, Adobe Creative Suite - including Acrobat, I get an error message to the effect that there are no printers installed. Or in the case of Firefox, it says "unknown error".

However, the printer window says there are 3 printers installed - including the PDF, the HP USB printer, and MS XPS.

To get the printer to print anything beyond the test page, I had to switch the printers properties port setting from DOT4 to USB001. Then I can print from the above apps, it seemed like progress. Using the DOT4 port, I can't even get a test page.

There are no clues in the Event Viewer.

The printer is a HP Photosmart C5580 - All-in-one. I don't think it's the printer - as I tried a different printer with the exact same results.

I tried to update the drivers, but they are the latest. I did uninstall the drivers and re-installed. I updated Vista to SP2 and that's up-to-date. I have frequently, restarted and shut down after installs/re-installs.

From Photoshop I can scan from the printer(all-in-one), but like I said before I cannot print.

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A:No local printer found - Vista x64

I solved the problem!

I have Airfoil 2.7.1 - which as of today is the latest release. When I uninstalled it - restarted the computer - I could print just fine!

Further, I accidentally discovered that it's the preference in Airfoil to "Instant Hijack" that is causing the printing problem. If you disable that, close then open your apps that you want to print from (even without a system restart) it works just fine. Airfoil works just fine without "Instant Hijack" though even though it is inconvenient. There are options within the Hijack settings to exclude programs from being hijacked and I'm experimenting now with MS Word, etc . . . to see if I can have my cake and eat it, too.

I DO love Airfoil and am so happy I can keep it!

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Hello -
I've tried to find others with this problem, but nothing out there is exactly this problem. I have 2 XP pro machines on a workgroup that each see each other's shared drives and the shared printer hanging off 1 machine. I plug in my work laptop to the router and it also sees the other machines. I then run Nortel Contivity VPN software to get to my office network. From that point on I cannot see shares, see the shared printer or even ping the home network machines. Thought was I need both TCP/IP and another protocol on both machines - but I have NWLink NetBIOS and NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS set up on both as well, and I still can't see the shared printer.

From the tunnelled laptop, I can explore to Entire Network->Microsoft Windows Network-> and the local workgroup shows up. Double clicking the local workgroup hangs and doesn't show the member machines.

When not tunnelled, the other machines show up. Obviously the VPN is blocking my view of the local LAN via TCP/IP. So - how do I get around this?

All ideas will be appreciated.


A:VPN'd laptop can't see shared printer on local LAN

That might not be possible due to security settings pushed to your Nortel client from the VPN concentrator on the other end. The admins may have disabled split tunneling, in another words you can't access local LAN while VPN is on.

I'ld talk to your company's IT dept.

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I can't able to add the local port in Add Printer Wizard. It always shows that "Specified port cannot be added. Operation could not be completed". I've been spending more than 3 hours to find out the solution on the net. But yet the answer is nowhere to find. Can someone help me pls? I would really appreciate for all the suggestion and guidance!

A:Solved: cannot add printer local port

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every now and then (more now than then ) I lose a printer that's configured with a local port to a server. I set that one up with add printer, then local port, new port "\\server\printer". Often when I try to use that printer again, I note it's greyed out, and markes as "Use offline". When I check properties, it's not bound to any port anymore. I can't from that dialog use "add port", because I get a message then, that the port already exists. So I gotta delete that port, and reassign the printer. That is quite annoying, being that this doesn't happen rarely, but more often.
So, two questions: What was the mscsomething command, where I can see created local ports, to delete them? And, how can I stop Windows from losing the connection between that port and the printer?

A:Losing local port for printer

anyone maybe has news on this ? It's still happening after every reboot...

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I'm making printers and computers inventory and I would like to get the serial numbers of printers. Some printers have no serial number on them.
Does someone know how to get this serial number?

* The printers not on a network.

A:How to get Local Printer Serial Number ?

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hello friends, i wanted to know the steps to connect my printer to all of my computers on the network.....


A:How to connect my local printer to the network?

google for 'printserver' which will get an IP address.

It goes on the network and the printer connects to it.

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I have a network printer and two pc's connected to my router. One of those two pc's is my work notebook that connects to our corporate network via vpn. Is there a way I can print to my home network printer while on vpn on my notebook? I'm learning that the vpn creates a direct connection and it's just passed through the router, so the only way I can print is if I connect that printer directly to the notebook via usb. Is that correct or does anyone know how to keep my printer on my home network but still print while on vpn?


A:Printing on local network printer while on VPN

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I have a Compaq Contura 430 (laptop) using Windows 98se. I canot add a local printer- Apple LaserWriter Pro 430- Please help

A:Add LaserWriter Pro 630 printer(local) using Windows 98

Toesincl said:

I have a Compaq Contura 430 (laptop) using Windows 98se. I canot add a local printer- Apple LaserWriter Pro 430- Please helpClick to expand...

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Hi everyone, had a question I couldn't find an answer for searching and was hoping someone might know.

Here is the situation, I use a software to remotely connect to a PC (PC#2) in another location. When I use PC#1 to connect to PC#2 it cannot access the printer I have networked to PC#1.

There is a piece of software I am using to generate reports on PC#2 that I would like to be able to print directly out of, as opposed to exporting the data, saving to PC#1, and printing.

Thank you in advance for any advice!

A:Using a local printer on a remote connection

You will need to save a copy of the report locally and then open it locally.

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I tried to install/connect a printer using the new Local Port, but the printer had problems. I subsequently deleted the printer. I found out that that port is now an existing one & can not be a new one. I know I don't have to worry about the existing ports removal, but I wondered if it could be deleted from the existing list.

A:Remove Local Printer Port

Quote: Originally Posted by effjay

I tried to install/connect a printer using the new Local Port, but the printer had problems. I subsequently deleted the printer. I found out that that port is now an existing one & can not be a new one. I know I don't have to worry about the existing ports removal, but I wondered if it could be deleted from the existing list.

It should delete, yes!

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Since late January, I've been having problems with "Program Not Responding" (primarly with MS Office applications). I didn't have the problem before that, so, I think this occured because of a change that came with an update around that time. It turns out to be due to the apps not being able to 'see' the drives I have mapped from another system on my local network, or the printer I have shared off that system.

The reason the apps can't 'see' these attached devices seems to be that VPN is 'forgetting' the connection. I am in a remote office and need to use VPN all day. I've found that when I first start my system in the morning, before starting VPN, the system and apps can 'see' these devices just fine, and, as long as I've accessed them before starting VPN, they continue to be 'visible' to for awhile. However, after a couple hours on VPN, they seem to have been 'forgotten' and the apps will start having the "Program Not Responding" problem. If I close the apps, disconnect VPN, access the mapped drives and "connect" the printer then restart VPN and the apps, everything works fine for another couple hours.

Can anyone help me resolve the issue of VPN 'forgetting' the locally attached devices? As I say, this wasn't happening prior to late January.


PS: I'm running W7 Enterprise 64bit and the other system on my local net is XP Pro.

A:VPN 'forgetting' local mapped drives & printer

I found the following in one of the "Similar" threads the forum attached to my earlier post.

To turn off the autodisconnect feature, open an ADMIN command prompt, type the following line, and then press ENTER:
net config server /autodisconnect:-1

This seems like it could be the solution - I'm giving it a try and wait awhile to see if I still have the PNR problem with Office, then I'll post back either way.

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I have a USB attached inkjet printer that was always shared with a Vista PC on my network. Suddenly the Vista machine cannot see the printer on the Win7 system and on Win7 I am unable to set the printer to shared status.

When I try to set the printer properties to Shared I get this message: Printer settings could not be saved. Operation could not be complete (error 0x00006d9).

Here is what I've tried so far, all to no avail:

1. Turned on Security Essential Real Time Protection (I read somewhere that this has to be on for printer sharing to work, but I don't know if this is true.)

2. Tried to start Windows Firewall service (I read that this has to be started for printer sharing to work) but my system has no Windows Firewall service to start.

3. Renamed the printer and tried to share it using it's new name (same failure)

4. Removed the Win7 system from the Homegroup (same failure)

The printer works fine on the Win7 system. My user ID has Admin privileges. Rebooting Win7 has no effect.

What else can I try to get the printer shared?

A:Wint-64 SP1 Unable to share a local printer

Quote: Originally Posted by bbinnard

I have a USB attached inkjet printer that was always shared with a Vista PC on my network. Suddenly the Vista machine cannot see the printer on the Win7 system and on Win7 I am unable to set the printer to shared status.

When I try to set the printer properties to Shared I get this message: Printer settings could not be saved. Operation could not be complete (error 0x00006d9).

Here is what I've tried so far, all to no avail:

1. Turned on Security Essential Real Time Protection (I read somewhere that this has to be on for printer sharing to work, but I don't know if this is true.)

2. Tried to start Windows Firewall service (I read that this has to be started for printer sharing to work) but my system has no Windows Firewall service to start.

3. Renamed the printer and tried to share it using it's new name (same failure)

4. Removed the Win7 system from the Homegroup (same failure)

The printer works fine on the Win7 system. My user ID has Admin privileges. Rebooting Win7 has no effect.

What else can I try to get the printer shared?

Do you have the printer drivers installed on both systems?

Do you have printers drivers that are made to work on both systems?

It's important to point out that Homegroups is made for Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems only so you should have a common name "Workgroup" set up on both machines.

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A:local printer attached to this computer is greyed out

Hello jefry68 and welcome to TSG Forums...

It would be helpful if you could provide a bit more detail. Where are you looking when you say the printer is greyed out?

In the Control Panel/Printers and FAX's is the best place to look. If you will double -click that icon, you will see the status of any printer your computer has access to. This is also the place you can add a printer. If you could take a screen shot of the window and post it in a reply, that may also be informative.


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Is it possible for an Admin (me) to install a local printer, and have that printer installed for every user who logs into the PC? Our group policy makes it impossible for non-admins to install local printers. We are using XP Pro also.

I would rather not have to make every users a local Admin, install the printer under their profile, then take them out of the Admin group (rinse, repeat.)

Any help is much appreciated!


A:Local printer install for multiple users?

Well I'm not sure about XP professional, But when I install a local printer as an admin under 2000 it shows up for every user of that PC. (They can pick it as the main printer from their printer group.) Have you tryed it to see what happens?

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I have several Windows 7 and Windows XP users using RDC to log in to a Windows Server 2008 machine. Their local printer is a network attached Dell 3110cn. I had to manually install a driver for the 3110 on the Windows Server box.

I have to choose from a tsxx port from the list of ports to get the remote printing working. However, every time a user logs out and logs back in, the mapping of the ts port changes and disables printing. I really need this to not happen. Does anyone know of a solution?

A:Problem with RDC clients printing to local printer

Two simple fixes: 1) Setup a Print server add all the printers to the print server, and remove all the direct network printing from the workstations. 2) Add all the printers to the Terminal Server, , and remove all the direct network printing from the workstations. -WS

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I am running Windows XP Pro and I have a network printer that I want to install on lpt2.

I have a program that will only print to a local printer. How would I go about doing this.

I tried setting lpt2 to the network printer but it never gives me the chance to give the IP address of the printer.

I also created a TCP/IP port that goes to the printer and works fine however the program ignores that port and wants lpt2.

Any help will be greatly appreciated


A:Network Printer installed on local port

It would help to know the Printer model and Software you are using.

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When I access the server or local workstation remotely my local printer does
not show. I checked the box before the login that says -optional
settings-"Enable documents on the remote computer to be printed on a local
printer". But it still doesn't list it. I have tried this by logging in as
both the user and administrator. However if I terminal server into the
server and then access the workstation remotely it works. Is there some
other setting I am missing to get this to work through the vpn?

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I am unable to print to either a local or wireless networked printer. Everything was working fine this morning. I was prompted for an update and allowed it this afternoon and I have not been able to print since. I have tried a system restore and that is not working. I have tried reinstalling the print drivers, checked the spool settings, and printing is not showing offline. I am out of ideas. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

A:Unable to print to local or networked printer

More info, please.
OS, printer specs, computer specs, nature of update and any error messages.

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I have 7 home premium of my laptop and am networked with VPN to 7 ulimate and I cannot get my local printer to work. My IT guy suggested that I get an HP 2305 instead of my wireless HP Envy but neither one will print. In the remote connection box I have printers checked. If I print to the Envy it will print the work after I logout of the remote session. Any suggestions would be great. I am snowed in and can't get any work done.

A:How do I get my local printer to work while using a remote desktop?

Can you print using a wired connection? Also, you need to set up printer sharing for both computers. Is there aa special reason why \you are using a VPN, such as working from home to a remote location (ie. office). Windows 7 is very good with multiple versions of itself and using one machine as a host for printing. Your IT person should be able to get this done.
As an example: I have 5 machines running 2 versions of Windows 7. They can all print to my main computer's printer because I have fully enabled File and Printer sharing and the drivers auto install during the setup process (after putting them on the main machine that is hard-wired to the printer. This would hold true for a setup using a wireless printer as well.

Let us know if this idea works.

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I am installing a new workstation at work that is networked with all others. Its purpose is to be a training station that can be logged into by anyone using their own logins.

Each user has their own default printer (eg home office) is it possible for this workstation to override the default and select the attached local printer as the default whilst logged onto this pc?



A:local printer override for network users

If this is a domian you can use a logon script to set default printers.

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