Network Shared printer

By jlopez ·
what would cause xp pro machines to disconnect from a shared network printer after a period of time? when i reboot the share comes back but it is anoying to restart everytime a client wants to print.

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by shasca In reply to Network Shared printer

How is the printer shared?
File and Print Server? OS?
XP PC's stop communicating to the printer how? All PC's? a couple? One?
Does the printer remain visible from the PC's? Does it show offline?

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XP "access denied" to network printer sometime after reboot

by jlopez In reply to info

The printed is shared from a workgrop withing a Domain. The domain controler is W2K server. This problem only happens with XP machines networked to the Domain lately. The printer icon shows still but and "unable to connect access denied" message shows next to it instead of "ready" message.
I have read and talked to a lot of other IT managers and no one has given me a fix for it so far.

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Please be more specific? And asnwer the questions asked.

by 1bn0 In reply to XP "access denied" to net ...

Define "Workgroup within a domain" ?

Is the printer shared from a Print server?
Is the printer shared from a desktop computer?
Are any security settings being used to control access to the printer?
How many XP machines are having the issue?
How many XP machines are not?
Have all of the machines been properly joined to the domain?
Are they all working on the same network sub-net?

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Network Shared printer

by jlopez In reply to Please be more specific? ...

Yes the Printer is shared from a Print server.
There is no security exept the normal autentication to the DC.
so far there is 4 XP machines with this problem.
All XP machines are having this problem.
yes they are all working on the same subnet.

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This is for Vista, but it might work under XP...

Method 1:
1) On my Windows Vista, I will find the printer setting window via: Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound section -> Printer.
2) Click on ?Add a Printer? on the menu line.
3) Add my wireless/wired/bluetooth networked printer
4) However, the printer that I wanted to connect was not there.
5) Then Select a Shared printer by name.
6) Put in the connect shared name: \\shared-pc\printer-name
7) Vista then installed the printer successfully.

Method 2:
1) On Vista, select Control Panel -> Hardward and Sound section -> Printer
2) Click on ?Add a printer?.
3) Then choose ?Add a local printer (1st option).
4) Create a new port (2nd option).
5) Then put the Type of Port as ?Local?.
6) Then enter the shared name: \\shared-pc\shared-printer-name
7) Vista installed the printer successfully.

However, Method 1 could cause the lost connection when restarting Windows Vista Business. Therefore, using method 2 will keep the printer to stick with the operating system better.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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Shared Network Printer

by jlopez In reply to This is for Vista, but it ...

That works with my Vista Laptop. And it works with XP as well. However same thing happends to printers that I add with your method. Sometime after a re-log on or reboot the printers loose connectivity to the printer server. I still haven't found a fix for it yet.

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How about mapping your printers.

Go here to know how:
Hope all goes ok.

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
If this information is useful, please mark as helpful. Thanks.

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