Printers keep going offline

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Printers keep going offline

Postby M Skabialka » Sun, 08 Feb 2009 04:11:00 GMT

We have three printers on our network that are shared by everyone.  They are 
different brands and different ages.
Randomly any one of them will stop printing and if you look at the 
properties it will say that printer is offline.  Sometimes removing 
everything from the print queue and restarting it works.  Sometimes you have 
to power if off completely.  Sometimes nothing works.  The print spooler on 
the server and PC never seems to be stopped, and stopping and starting it 
doesn't change anything.
But, a few hours, or days later, all of a sudden it is online again as 
though nothing happened.  This happens at least once a week, to a random 

What would cause this?

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