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Network Printer Problems

By DawidLombard ·
I am maintaining a network with 4 computers using windows98 2nd ed.The network is as follows, AP1(Server) then stations,AP2,3and 4. The company is using 4 dotmatrix printers.Ap1,AP2 is situated next to each other, using printer, Seikosha SP2000Plus.AP1 share this printer with AP2.The driver loaded on AP2 is (IBM graphics), I was told by the program administrator not to use the original driver but to use Epson FX80 driver on the server.I want to know how I can set up this printer for jobcard printing and to set the cut off line of the jobcard that it is level with the printer cutoff line.Also when you want to print from AP1(Server), the printer waste 3job cards.AP2 prints fine. Is this a printer problem?,a driver problem?,a DOS problem?-(I was told by program Admin:) When I change the printer settings AP2 does not print corectly. I also want to link AP1 to the printer (Seikosha SP 2000) used on terminal AP4 in the store so it can print jobcards here. Should the program be changed? I do not want to do this! My access rights are limited.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Network Printer Problems


This setup seems a little strange because you appear to be using different drivers on different computers for the same printer.

You say your server AP1 hosts a printer and has a Epson FX80 driver. This printer is shared, and AP2 connects to the shared printer, but AP2 uses an IBM graphics(?) driver?

Essentially, you need to:

1. Download and install the latest driver for your printer.
2. Configure your printer and the driver so that it is setup exactly as you want it.
3. Delete the printer from the clients then reinstall it by using the Add Printer wizard, and this time make sure all your clients use the same driver, or, if your clients run different OS's, install the appropriate driver for each OS.

You should not use a different make of driver unless there are programs that will not work with the default driver. Normally, generic drivers (those which can be used on most printers) are often made by Epson - but to have a generic driver on the host, then to have a completely different driver on the clients makes no sense to me.

I would ask your admin to sort this out. You cannot be expected to maintain a network if you do not have appropriate rights... The admin should at least give you rights to setup hardware and configure it.

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by DawidLombard In reply to

Thanks! I actualy needed somebody else just to confirm my suspicions that this setup is not right.I will try again. on the issue of the administrator, well you do get people that don't want you to interfere with there programming and make bucks just by keeping it this way.

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