Strange printer sharing problem with W2K


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Strange printer sharing problem with W2K

Postby Grand_Poobah » Fri, 14 Nov 2008 00:54:34 GMT

I have W2K running on an old P3 and it is used to handle a new USB Canon 
D300 printer.  I have made it shared and can access it from three of my 
five computers (all running WinXP).  The two computers that cannot 
access the printer are laptops.  On BOTH of them, the user must first 
"log in" to the W2K computer (using the "My Network Places" panel) by 
double-clicking the icon for my W2K machine.  Once they enter their 
username/password, then they have to go through the process of 
installing the attached printer - again and again and again.  Every time 
they boot up.

I have added a BAT file to both laptop's startup folder, containing this:

net use \\ mypassword /user:myuser

and it completes correctly every time but it does NOT affect the printer 

As I said, the XP desktops do not have this problem.  They can print 
each and every time they boot up, right away - without having to re-connect.

The laptops do this if they are connected wireless OR if wired.  One 
running WinXPHome and one running WinXPPro.

Any clues as to why this is happening?


Re: Strange printer sharing problem with W2K

Postby Grand_Poobah » Fri, 14 Nov 2008 02:23:54 GMT

Also posted in Windows2000.general

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3.Strange phenomena: can share files but not printer

Hi all,

I have two Win2K Pro connected using a direct cable. One of the
computers is connected to Internet using a USB ADSL modem and is set
to use ICS with the other one. I have set a static IP for the second
computer ( and they are both on the same workgroup.

I also have a HP DeskJet 330 which is connected to the second computer
(the one which is not connected directly to the ADSL modem) - this
printer is connected via USB and not LPT1.

In order for you to be able to follow me, I will use these names for
both computers:
First computer - the one directly connected to ADSL modem
Second computer - the one sitting on the private network which has a
printer connected to it directly.

Until recently everything seemed to work fine - I could share the
printer, and files between both computers, and I even mapped a network
drive on the first computer (which reconnects at login).

Due to a problem with NIS (Norton Internet Security), I had to
download and install the new version NIS 2004.

Ever since then (I think..) I have a strange phenomena which I cannot
explain and I have searched the web a lot before posting here.

It seems as though both servers do not "see" each other using the "My
Network Places". This means when I click the "Computers near me" I may
see the name of the second computer (sometimes), but when I double
click it - I get an error: "the volume does not contain a recognized
file system".

The strangest thing is that the previously mapped network drive still
works !
I can even type \\<hostname>\c$ and I get the directory listing...

Now normally I would let things go but the problem is I can't share
the printer... I tried using \\<hostname>\<printer_name>  but that
didn't work. I even tried using \\\<printer_name> but
that didn't work either.

I also disabled the firewall filtering - but that didn't work either..




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I have a customer who just recently upgraded from Windows 98 to Windows
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printer is used to print labels for a critical MS-DOS app only.  One of the
other machines needs to connect to this shared printer via LPT3.  When I
went in and established the sharing for the printer on the machine with the
attached printer the port it is using is LPT1.  When I go to the other
machine and add a new printer, select the printer on the other machine and
then set it to local port LPT3 it changes it for both machines.  Is this
normal behavior?  Has anyone had any experience successfully hooking up a
shared dot matrix printer.  This is a real puzzler for me.  Any help would
be appreciated.  TIA....


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I have a network running on Windows 2003 SBS Premium that has about
10 active workstations. One of them refuses to share printers, drives or
any of it's resources.

It's been joined to the domain. It has the PDC's IP as it's only DNS server
and it still won't play nice. The DC cannot even connect to it. It's an XP
Service Pack 2 machine, the firewall is disabled. There's no other security
software installed.

We've removed it from the domain, deleted the account from the DC and
then joined it back on. Still the same problem.

Anyone have any ideas?

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