Intermittent Network Printing Issue

Question

I have 2 XP Pro machines in a workgroup using a shared printer connected to one of them. Several times a day though printing becomes a problem for the system that is NOT physically connected to it. There is no warning and it happens across a wide variety of apps (all simultaneously), I click Print and the application stops responding. The only way to rectify this is to End the application and reboot, then printing is fine again. This has been going on for several weeks but there seems to be no pattern whatsoever. The network connection, and everything else, remains active and functioning perfectly when this problem presents. I have unin/reinstalled print driver/software on both machines to no avail.

Any ideas on where to start would be greatly appreciated.

Answer

This question was answered on December 5, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

First step is to see if there is a newer driver from the printer manufacturer Download and expand the driver to a folder you will be able to find later Second step is to clean all the drivers, on both the printer server machine, and the "remote" machine Now rebuild the network printer on the machine hosting the printer Finally, use the Printer and Faxes wizard to add this new printer.

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Posted by Christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on December 5, 2004