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Network Printer Not Re-established

By CaptBilly1Eye ·
I recently started a new position and inherited a problem that has me baffled. The 2003 server network comprised of Windows XP Home workstations has an on-going problem with the one printer used. (yea, I know... XP Home... why? - no clue).
The problem is that the network printer will not work from any workstation until it is removed and then reinstalled on that workstation.
The feeling is that this issue will be resolved when we migrate to Vista in the coming months but I can't help but think there is something that can be done meanwhile.
Would a script that runs at boot that re-establishes the port work? If so, does anyone know what that script would be and how to set it up?
Any help to resolve this annoyance would be greatly appreciated!

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by -Q-240248 In reply to Network Printer Not Re-es ...

How is the printer setup as a network printer?

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Printer

by ridler69 In reply to Question

Sounds like its a share off of something on the network. May want to just print directly to the printer if it's IP enabled. Also have you tried windows vista yet? I'd hold back on migrating your whole network to vista till it's less buggy. Also hope your xp home machines can handle vista cause she is a resource hog.

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I agree

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Printer

Thanks, Ridler69. I agree with your assessment of Vista. If it were up to me, we would go to XP Pro, but they seem to have their mind made up. Latest-and-greatest-itis. I'll continue to give them my opinion. Meanwhile, I'll try the IP address idea that you and others have had and keep investigating the script possibility.
Thanks again.

The network configuration currently has the workstations designated as being in the same domain with the printer at the address of \\server\[printer name].

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Network printer

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Question

Yes. It is a printer/copier setup as a network printer to be available from each workstation.

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My question is...

by -Q-240248 In reply to Network printer

Is it connected directly to the network via a network cable, or is it being shared on the network? If it's directly connected, then surely it can be given an IP address. But if it's connected to a workstation, you can't give it an IP.

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On the Network

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to My question is...

The printer is on the network and not connected to a workstation.
I have set it up using an IP address on two workstations.
It appears to be working.
Thanks everyone for your help.
I'll check back in a few days.

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IP address did the trick

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to My question is...

Thanks for the help, Q. The IP address idea was the solution.

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Could be a problem with XP Home

by oldbag In reply to Network Printer Not Re-es ...

While I have never used the Home version of XP, it is my understanding that the big difference between Home and Pro is that the home version does not 'play' well in a network with a domain. If the printer can be given an IP, try printing directly.

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Good Idea

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Could be a problem with X ...

Thanks, Oldbag, for the idea. Currently it is being set up on each workstation using a network address of \\server\[printer name]. I will look into giving it an IP address on Tuesday after the holiday.

I'm still interested in getting a script to run at boot that would re-establish the port if possible.

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IP address did the trick

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Could be a problem with X ...

Thanks for your help, oldbag.
Using an IP address solved the issue.
Thanks.

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