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Network Printer Won't Print - But It's Selective

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by hellparadiso, Jun 27, 2008.

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  1. hellparadiso

    hellparadiso Thread Starter

    Jun 27, 2008
    I'm running Windows XP on a Toshiba Tecra A8 Laptop computer that is hooked up to a one-way network with an Intel Pentium 4 desktop PC (also running XP). By one-way, I mean that the desktop can access the laptop, but not vice versa. This is a whole other problem, and I'm not going to ask about it because we're okay with this set up for now.

    However, we both want to use the same printer, which is an HP OfficeJet L7580 All-in-One printer. So I installed the drivers onto the laptop, connected the printer to the laptop via USB, and set up the desktop to default to that printer through the laptop connection. While I was in the office yesterday, the desktop was able to print to the printer. When I left for the day, I left the laptop on so the desktop could still print, but it didn't.

    The user of the desktop said there was no error message at all, it just did nothing. However, when I came in again this morning and "woke up" the laptop, it began to print just fine again.

    Now, it doesn't make much sense to me that any network connection through the laptop would simply not work just because the laptop is in sleep mode, but it's the only thing I can think of.

    Please help!

    (Edit: by the way, we've gone through the "usual" stuff: restarting both computers, turning everything off and back on again, and unplugging then reconnecting everything...it didn't seem to have an effect.)
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