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Solved: Vista fails to print to network printer

Discussion in 'Networking' started by WanderingLost, May 8, 2009.

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  1. WanderingLost

    WanderingLost Thread Starter

    Mar 15, 2009
    Hi guys,

    Until a week or so back, Vista printed (using HP-LaserJet-IIP driver) to the NEC870 on a networked PC. I have added nothing to the Vista PC and changed nothing but Vista now shows an error when printing. I can use one of the other computers on the network and it prints fine. I have Windows auto-updates off so nothing has been slipped in without my notice.

    I turned off Zonealarm firewalls on Vista and the PC with the printer.

    This is driving me nuts. All help will be appreciated.

    Here's what I have and all have tons of memory

    Acer Laptop:
    Intel Core 2 duo running Vista Home Premium

    Intel Core 2 duo running w2k-pro sp4 with NEC870 printer on LPT1

    Intel Atom running w2k-pro sp4

    Gigaset SE 567 Router

    nstat does not exist on any of the computers. I get the following on all 3.
    C:\Users\Admin>nstat -n
    'nstat' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
    operable program or batch file.


    IPConfig for all three
    Vista Laptop
    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6001]
    IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
    Win2000sata with NEC870 PRINTER on LPT1
    Microsoft Windows 2000 [Version 5.00.1236]
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
    win2000old will prnt fine to the NEC870 on win2000sata
    Microsoft Windows 2000 [Version 5.00.2195]
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
  2. WanderingLost

    WanderingLost Thread Starter

    Mar 15, 2009
    Aaarrrgggghhhhhhhhhh !!

    The router was the cause. During a power outage last week on the re-start it assigned different IP addresses to the PCs. VistaLaptop win2000sata win2000old

    The Vista Hosts file contained in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc VistaLaptop win2000sata win2000old

    I have adjusted the Hosts file and hard-set the IP addresses in the router so this will not happen again.
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