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Directory Service not currently available?

Not sure if this is the right forum because I don't know what's causing this but here I go...

I'm trying to print from my laptop using a printer on my network. It goes through my desktop which is what the printer is physically connected to. Always worked before but recently it stopped and I can't "find" a printer because when I try that I get the pop up box saying "The Directory Service is not available" and that is absolutely as far as it will go.

Both computers are running Windows XP with no problems and the network is fine (finally). They see each other and information can be exchanged. Just can't "find" a printer so I can print from my laptop. I did recently change printers and am having some trouble installing the driver for the new one on the laptop but it's related to this pop up because this was happening even before I changed the printer when I was trying to use the old printer.

Any help or advice is appreciated. Can't seem to find this problem discussed anywhere. Thank you.


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In reply to: Directory Service not currently available?

generally refers to a domain running active directory. Is this your situation? Have you tried the various methods to access the printer -use the run dialog box, browse your network places, use the add printer wizard, or from within an application? You might want to confirm that your Spoolss.exe file (the print router file) is still in place.

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You got my brain juices flowing even though I have to idea what a "domain running active directory" is and I tried a few of your suggestions and at least got to the point where I can print. But, out of curiosity, I tried the "Find Printer" from the print dialog box in Word (which is where I ran across this situation)and still came up with "The Directory Service is currently unavailable." So while I didn;t solve that part of the problem at least I am up and running.

I appreciate you getting back to me. Thank you.


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