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Win98SE network printing problem...

By jon.harrison ·
I just installed a laptop with Win98SE and I want to connect it to a few printers on the print server. Although the drivers for Win98 are installed on the printers/print server for the printers that I want to create I get the following error message-

Access to the specified device, path, or file is denied -

I checked MS's support knowledgebase and the exact problem is at this link -
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q233/3/13.ASP?LN=EN-US&SD=gn&FR=0

None of the information on this page or the pages that are linked to it seem to help me. Does anyone have any ideas for getting around this without eliminating/shortening shares and/or comments on the server? The user is logged onto the network, is logged intot he domain, does have access to all of these things that he needs. This is very unique. I've never seen this with any other Win9x pc's/laptops before.

The server is NT 4.0. The laptop is Win98SE.

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by calves In reply to Win98SE network printing ...

I assume that you must be using the wizard to add the printer to the notebook. Now can you use the network neighborhood and access the printer? If you do, double click on the printer and you'll get a message "Before use, the printer must be installed, install it now?" and see if you can install that way. Will not resolve the issue, but will get the user up and running while you look elsewhere.

Good luck!

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by ARWJnPlanoTX In reply to Win98SE network printing ...

A shot in the dark.
The username is denied access somewhere in the NT security system the resource(s) you are trying to get to. Verify that the user has rights to logon to all the required servers. One thing I have seen is netowrk administrators will deny login access to a server and won't realize what happened because he/she thought they denied local login.

On the server which contains the print queue open User Manager (for Domains). Select 'Policies' from the top menu, then 'User Rights' and verify the user has rights to 'Access this computer from network'. There are other places which would prohibit access to resources such as the print share itself, the drive (if it's NTFS) and the drive share. Denying user access to anything, in my opinion, causes more problems than it's worth so it is my policy not to deny user access to anything. I just give users access to what they need.
Hope this helps.

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by fred_e944 In reply to Win98SE network printing ...

The Win98 client may be having difficulty downloading the drivers from the NT server. Explicitly share (and give appropriate permissions to) the WINNT\System32\Spool directory (and sub-directories) on the server.

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by mark.tassin In reply to Win98SE network printing ...

If the problem is long names for shares, why not create a second share for the same printer (I do it all the time), and give it a shorter name for the 98SE laptop? That way you don't have to deal with the machines that are working fine, but have a secondary place for those that require shorter names.

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by jon.harrison In reply to Win98SE network printing ...
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by apcs In reply to Win98SE network printing ...

If, per chance, theh printer(s) in question are HP Deskjets, it may be that you need to get the "corporate lan" drivers from HP.com. These printers ship with "home user" drivers intended for use with a single, local LPT port and do not work reliably if you try to share them. Especially, watch out for the 9xx and 7xx series of printers, as these drivers were not all included with Win98 (SE didn't have them either).

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