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Net printer prints only after reboot

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Firfile, Jan 15, 2011.

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  1. Firfile

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    Desktop:- Win 7 Pro. --- Laptop: Win 7 Home Premium. ..........Both 64 bit.

    The lexmark is attached to the desktop. Prints fine. The add printer wizard on the laptop finds and installs the printer with no trouble. But when I try to print something, the job doesn't print ---until I reboot the desktop.


    I installed the driver and print device (hardware) on the laptop,--prints fine. (then unistalled, just in order to start the network wizard cleanly)

    I tried a (Vista) fix I found here with no luck. I tried the trick of installing the lexmark as a local printer and adding the port by hand. No luck.

    The only way i can get the job from the laptop to print is by rebooting the server (desktop). Then everything that was in the queue on the laptop prints. For the record, I can't find the print queue anywhere, on either machine until the reboot, so I can't purge it.

    Both the laptop and the desktop have brand new clean installs - one less than one hour old. I was able to disable automatic updates after only one got through. (Phew)

    I know other people will be having similar issues, and some might ask me to help. I don't know what to tell them!
     
  2. Hughv

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    My wireless HP 6000 does this occasionally, and I've found I need to "wake" it by touching the power button, which blinks when it's "sleeping".
    It's a minor inconvenience and I haven't found a way to change this behavior.
     
  3. lunarlander

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    not related to your problem, but why did you disable windows update?
     
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  5. Firfile

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    Thanks. I never got a chance to try that. I did once get it to print by stopping and starting the spooler service. Not exactly state-of-the-art, but I guess we have nothing to say about that.

    I had recently been elated that I could finally network the 2 together-- only by reinstalling the OS on the laptop. (thus rolling it back to win 7 Home Premium). But I was foolish enough to install -just a few- MS security updates. The whole network crashed again, and I couldn't get it back.

    So I'm reinstalling win 7 on the laptop again...And I will never do another MS update again. I fear that the jury is back on Win 7, and the verdict isn't good. Apparently it's designed for stand-alone systems only.

    EDIT: Of course, it might just be a buggy printer driver....;)
     
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