Printer Name invalid / Incorrect


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I have a home network with 2 servers (1 x XP, 1 x W2K SP4). There is a Dell
printer attached to the XP box which is shared on the network, as are some of
the XP folders. Everything was working fine up until about 3 weeks ago, when
the W2K system began not to pickup the Dell Printer. I first noticed this
when in an aplication (excel, word) the Dell printer (which was the default)
was not available. The XP can still use the printer.

I checked the network (from W2K). The folders and the Printer are still
visable in "My Network places". The folders are accessable read/write. When
I click on the printer I get the message
"before you can use the printer it must be installed on your computer" I
click next and get the message "you entered a printer name that is incorrect
or the specified printer is no longer connected to the server". The printer
name I see is "DellPhot".

I then went to the "add printer" and tried to add a new network printer
using the wizard. Again the wizard was able to see the printer on the XP
system but when I highlight the printer the Printer information provided is
"the printer name is invalid". When I click on the printer I get "you
entered a printer name that is incorrect or the specified printer is no
longer connected to the server".

What changed to make this happen ? I dont know. No new softwere, patches,
virus scan upto date etc..


I deinstalled and reinstalled the printer on the XP system. No change.
I disabled all firewalls. No change.
I powered on/off everything. No change.


Any help much apreciated.
 
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Dave Patrick

Check Event Viewer for errors. Make sure the XP firewall is off and NetBIOS
is bound to the connection on each.


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:
|I have a home network with 2 servers (1 x XP, 1 x W2K SP4). There is a Dell
| printer attached to the XP box which is shared on the network, as are some
of
| the XP folders. Everything was working fine up until about 3 weeks ago,
when
| the W2K system began not to pickup the Dell Printer. I first noticed this
| when in an aplication (excel, word) the Dell printer (which was the
default)
| was not available. The XP can still use the printer.
|
| I checked the network (from W2K). The folders and the Printer are still
| visable in "My Network places". The folders are accessable read/write.
When
| I click on the printer I get the message
| "before you can use the printer it must be installed on your computer" I
| click next and get the message "you entered a printer name that is
incorrect
| or the specified printer is no longer connected to the server". The
printer
| name I see is "DellPhot".
|
| I then went to the "add printer" and tried to add a new network printer
| using the wizard. Again the wizard was able to see the printer on the XP
| system but when I highlight the printer the Printer information provided
is
| "the printer name is invalid". When I click on the printer I get "you
| entered a printer name that is incorrect or the specified printer is no
| longer connected to the server".
|
| What changed to make this happen ? I dont know. No new softwere, patches,
| virus scan upto date etc..
|
|
| I deinstalled and reinstalled the printer on the XP system. No change.
| I disabled all firewalls. No change.
| I powered on/off everything. No change.
|
|
| Any help much apreciated.
 

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