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Print Server prints garbage!!

Discussion in 'Networking' started by calabash, Jan 11, 2003.

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  1. calabash

    calabash Thread Starter

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    I am so sc#$%ed!
    I installed a linksys 2port (4 lan ports) print server (EFSP42) on our network. I printed a test page. All okay.
    So today I'm working in the lab and happen to need to print a web page... No Way! All I get is garbage with an image or two thrown in.
    All other apps print fine.
    I have less than 24 hours to resolve this. Any assistence will be greatly appreciated.
    Browser: IE 6 SP1
    OS: Win 98se
    Printer: HP Laserjet 6p (current driver)
     
  2. calabash

    calabash Thread Starter

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    Update: The cable was the culprit.

    But before you roll your eyes, this is the same cable that connected the printer to a PC and printed just _fine_ thank you, for the entire network.

    Two calls to Linksys later, the Tech decided to try the 2nd port on the print server. But I already had an injet hooked into it and said so. He said, well, let's try to print to it. Bingo. I rang off with him (so as to save $$) and switched the problem printer to the 2nd port. The problem, as you know, persisted.

    I am nothing but thourough however and so switched the cables. It printed like a charm. The "bad" cable was a 3M cable too. Much better than the "no-name" cable that I pulled out of the closet to get them both working. I guess I'll never know why that cable wouldn't work with the print server. The ones that are working now _should_ be bi-directional cables as well. Allthough if any one can tell me the pin out for a bi-directional cable, I do have a cable tester box that will map the pins for me. Bi-directional vs. Uni-directional is the only thing I can think is the difference between the two. They are about the same length. The one that works "appears" (it's fatter) to have better sheilding, but the cables are not in a noisy area.

    If anyone has a clue, I'd still like to know _why_ it works.
     
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