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    Network Print Fails

    My new Toshiba Satellite laptop is running WinXP Pro. My pre-existing setup consists of two PCs running Win98 and Win98SE with a parallel printer (HP DeskJet 520 & 720C) connected to each one. The PCs are networked together thru a hub with a peer-to-peer Windows network. The two older PCs have no problem using either of the shared printers. However, the new WinXP machine cannot use the DJ720C and has failed to use the 520 more often than it has succeeded. I downloaded and installed a driver update for the DJ720C yesterday and when I tried the same thing for the DJ520 a message said that it didn't need an update. Specifically, when I installed the networked DJ720C on the WinXP today (after I had updated the DJ720C driver), after some long delays, I was told that its driver on the other PC was out of date and to select a new driver. I did that (on the WinXP machine) and that process seemed to finish OK. When I try to print a test document from within MS Word, there is a long delay and then the Print dialog box starts showing "Not Responding" in its title bar. When I installed the networked DJ520 the process seemed to go OK except for the long delays. The first time I tried to print on it I got a blank page after a long delay. When I tried it again a day or two later it seemed to print correctly, again after a long delay. The attempts since then have usually resulted in a "Not Responding" situation.

    I think the long delays may be related to a general problem with network delays which I have addressed in another message.

    Any ideas how to get this new laptop to work with the printers on the other PCs?

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    Bill

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    Re: Network Print Fails

    Bill, I answered your other post also - but I'm wondering if perhaps you have a failing NIC? Is there any way you can procure a spare and test it with something that is known good? Failing NIC cards can wreak havoc on a PC - especially an NT based PC that is deisgned for networking.
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    Re: Network Print Fails

    Mark,

    The WinXP machine is a brand new Toshiba laptop with a built-in NIC interface. I don't know that there is any way to replace just the NIC function and I don't know that a new card, if available, would necessarily be any better than what is already there, since it is new. One of the other machines is an older Toshiba laptop with a (fairly expensive <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>) PCMCIA NIC card. The other older machine does have a normal NIC card that could be replaced without too much trouble. The other two PCs have no trouble or delays accessing each other and the WinXP laptop. Does that help demonstrate that the NICs are OK?

    I'll try plugging the DJ 520 directly into the WinXP laptop and see if that works OK. My problem is, I really need to print some color stuff from the WinXP and the color printer is connected to the desktop PC.

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    Re: Network Print Fails

    This thread has been locked - please post all answers pertaining to this on this <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showthreaded.pl?Cat=&Board=xp&Number=107133>relate d thread</A>.
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