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Print Server Problem/Solution

by jtob2 / March 28, 2006 6:24 AM PST

I am posting this information in the chance it may help someone resolve a thorny problem I encountered in my system and finally fixed.

I have a small network that uses both XP and Windows98 based computers. I installed a D-Link DP-300U print server with 2 connected printers. Both are HP DeskJets one color and one monochrome only. I connected the printers as ''Network'' connected Printers by browsing my network, locating and installing the drivers. The both worked in this configuration but I encountered a spooling problem from the XP machines.

I found that when printing from the Win98 based computer, the print jobs spooled properly and quickly returned control of my machine so I could continue working.

When printing from an XP based computer, the print jobs appeared not to spool and tied up my application until the entire job printed. Very inconveneient!

D-Link support was no help, but after much poking around, I found that if I manually installed the printers as ''Local'' ports and created 2 new ports as standard TCPIP ports the problem was resolved.

I had to enter the IP address of the print server on my network (I use a fixed IP address for the print server), choose a ''Custom'' Port setting and select the ''RAW'' protocol. Use the default port number for the first printer (9100) and manually enter the port number (9101) for the second printer). After completing the new port installation everything worked perfectly from the XP machines. I allowed the original settings to remain on the WIN98 machine and it also works fine.

I got a lot of assistance in tracking down the issue at the following site:

http://members.shaw.ca/bsanders/Printing%20to%20Print%20Server%20device.htm

I hope someone else finds the information useful as I spent a lot of time chasing this one down but it was worth the effort!


Jim

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Thanks for Adding to Our Knowledge Base! Sure Someone....
by tobeach / March 28, 2006 3:05 PM PST

will have use of that info in future (maybe even me)! Grin

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I agree.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 28, 2006 6:48 PM PST

I have bookmarked this. Thank you.

Mark

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