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Remote Desktop and local printers

On my laptop I have 3 local printers installed as I switch between printers.

I use Remote Desktop to remote control my office PC from this laptop. For some reason when I try to print it shows only 2 of my 3 local printers.

Any idea why this would happen? I couldn't find a setting that would be different for one vs. the other 2, thanks!

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Remote Desktop

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I would look and see what ports your printers are installed on. If I am not mistaken, remote desktop will only recognize standard ports (LPT1, USB, etc.) It is possible to have a printer installed on a USB or parrellel port, and not have the port assigned be labled as such. Just my two cents.

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The port is called DOT

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Or DOT4 I believe. What is that? Would that have something to do with it?

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DOT

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Yeah, I am sure that is your problem. You will have to re-assign the port that corresponds to it. If it is a parallel printer you will have to put it on an LPT port, or if it is USB put it on a USB port.

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Why would it say that instead of USB?

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It is connected via a USB cable, so I'm wondering why it says "DOT"? Any ideas?

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USB

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I do not know why Windows assigns the ports the way it does sometimes, you would have to ask someone else about that(I deal primarily with network printers).

I just know that I ran into a similar situation, not specifically with remote desktop, but I finally was able to determine that the problem was that a parallel printer I installed was using port DOT... like yours and it would not work. As soon as I re-assigned the port to an LPT it worked great. If you have a USB printer I would go into your ports and see what you have listed. If not, maybe you could "create a new port" and do it that way.

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(NT) (NT) OK thanks.

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I'll try that

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Hope it lets me, thanks.....

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Just tripped over a MS KB Article.

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In it MS revealed issues with RD when the printer names are not named normally (MS standard?) They also mentioned other limits.

I tripped over it a few days ago researching another issue and now I read your post. Sorry but you may want to just call MS and ask about it or research some more.

Looking over your posts you must have a few 100K in Microsoft software so a call should be worth it now and then.

Bob

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Someone else recommended that Microsoft KB article

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It didn't seem to work, so I'm trying to see if it can be shown as LPT or USB instead of DOT4. Thanks.

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It really doesn't work.

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There are few printer drivers that let you rename the USB or DOT named printers.

Bob

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What if it IS on LPT port???

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Just a month or so ago I was able to connect using Remote Desktop Connection(hereafter referred to as RD) to a remote server. Then when I have that desktop showing I run Putty to connect to another server on their network. Until recently I was able (when "Printers" was checked in Local Devices in the Options of the RD. Then in the Putty settings under Terminal and Remote Controlled Printing my local printer would show up in the list and I could select it and print to it from the remote site.

Today it no longer shows there. Has there been a recent Windows Update (I have accepted each one it has sent me) that would have closed off this capability. I have tried different options in the "printer and file sharing" in Windows Firewall setting, including setting all four ports to "Connect from any computer" (even though I hear this is a bad idea and have since set them back to local only). My printer still won't show up. Any suggestions?

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You will need XP SP3 **AND** Dot Net Framework 3.5

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To see your printers, regardless of port name, you will need RDC 6.1, which comes with XP Service Pack 3. In addition, you must install dotNet 3.5 Framework from MS. This worked for me 100%

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