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XP Pro network Printer not printing

By NBP Backup ·
We are using XP Pro as a server on a small network with 12 workstations. 1 XP, 1 W95 and 10 W98SE. Every once in awhile, the printer quits printing. No error message, nothing really out of th ordinary. THE XP Pro workstation/server says the print job is there but it is not being sent to the printer. Once this happens no one else can print until the offending job is cleared, usually by cycling power to the printer and then restarting the offending print job. Everyone has a proper path \\xpserver\hp4100\printer (example) to the printer attached to the XP. Any ideas?

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by jschein In reply to XP Pro network Printer no ...

If one of your networked machines has a bad printer driver, it will stop the sharing pc's spooler service. The only fix is to stop the spooler service and restart it on the host, or reboot that pc.

Best suggestion would be to go ahead and pay 20-50 dollars for an intel print share device which lets you hook a parallel printer up to the network and assign it an I.P. address. Then just map that printer through jetadmin software from hp with TCP/IP.

Only other reason to have it shared off a pc is to enable quotas and auditing of print jobs. Doesn't sound like you need that.

Good luck.

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by carvercomputers_1 In reply to XP Pro network Printer no ...

suggestion would be to go ahead and pay 25 to 60 dollars for an INTEL print share device which lets you hook a parallel printer up to the network and assign it an internet proticol address

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by dkmc00 In reply to XP Pro network Printer no ...

XP Pro being a client OS has a maximum concurrent
limit of 10 connections. If more than 10 PCs try
to print at the same time then the problem you experienced can happen.

A better solution has already been suggested by
Answers 1 & 2. ( You can purchase any decent brand print server device ).

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