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Cannot connect to a network printer.

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Cannot connect to a network printer.

ANDREAK77
At one point I was able to print to a printer on our network and one day it stopped. When I troubleshoot it says the printer cannot be contacted over the network. I have the correct Port Name and the IP Address. I've deleted the port, and re-configured the port but with no success. I also have always had intermittent problems connecting my pc to our network. I have a new pc now with Windows 7 but am still having the same problem (all the other pc's have XP - but we had the same problem with the intermittent connection to the network when I had XP - I was always able to print to the printer when I had XP). I am at a loss as to how to solve the connection issues we are having. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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jfuller05
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Is it a workgroup, which is a small group of connected computers/and or printers without a central point of administration? Do you log into a domain or just locally into your computer?

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ANDREAK77
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I log in locally.

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oldbaritone
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http://www.sevenforums.com/network-sharing/3772-netbeui-7022-a.html

"I found the problems. It is that I always disable as many services as possible. So I thought that Windows 7 works exactly as Vista and was wrong. I needed to enable many services such as Remote Access Auto Connection Manager, Remote Access Connection Manager, Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol Service, Routing And Remote Access and maybe one or two others. Most of these are disabled in my Vista oses and things work well....obviosuly not the case with 7.

Hope I helped if anyone had this problem."

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ANDREAK77
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I had XP on my other PC - not Vista. Yesterday morning I could see our network and then after lunch - it was gone. So I went in to Windows Firewall security settings and enabled inbound and outbound rules, after that I was able to see the network as well as print. But that is not the case this morning. I could not see the network, nor could I print - I received a "printer offline" message. I cannot figure what's going on with this thing. UGH!

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IC-IT
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Windows 7 drops those settings on a reboot.
You will need to make your workgroup a trusted (or private) network.
Here is a link that will assist you;

http://superuser.com/questions/44503/how-do-i-tell-windows-7-to-trust-a-particular-network-location

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ANDREAK77
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The other PC's on the network have Windows XP - which homegroups are only allowed for PC's running W7.
But here's the thing - I've always had connection issues - even on my old pc which had XP - I've never been able to resolve this issue. It wouldn't be such a big deal but most of my work is on an external drive on another pc - which coincidentally is the pc that I've always had trouble connecting too. I wish I could grasp this whole thing but it's eluding me....

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ANDREAK77
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Here's the thing, reguardless of the OS, I am still having trouble connecting to the network. I had XP and now I have a new pc that has Windows 7. The network will be there in one instance and then gone the next - without rebooting. I've tried all the recommendations but nothing has resolved this issue. There has got to be something that I'm missing here..........I've been working here for 5 years and my pc has always had the intermittent network connection - none of our other PC's have ever had trouble connecting to the network just mine. This issue has become more prominent now that I have Windows 7.
I don't know who set our network up but something went wrong with mine. If it's something simple, I'm giong to crawl under my desk and never come out. lol.
By the way - I truly do appreciate everyone's advice and input!!!

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CG IT
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open network and sharing center.

tell us what your active network is set as: Public/domain/Home-work.

on the left side of the network and sharing center windows you'll see change advanced sharing settings. click the link.

Tell us if Network discovery is turned on or off and printer sharing is turned on or off for each type of network connection [public/domain/home-work].

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ANDREAK77
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That's the first thing we checked.