Netport Express 10/100 and Win2k
Posted on 2001-08-22
We have a Netbui peer to peer network; the "server" is running Win95 and we use a Netport Express for our printer server. Two of our workstations have Win2k. Ever since they were added to the network, those 2 workstations have experienced problems that relate back to the network printer. If the printers shuts down with an error that requires it being turned off for 15 minutes, they can't cleanly exit out of certain programs. Today one of the workstations tried printing something and just crashed - when they went into the printers folder, it would only display 2 drivers; the Add Printer icon and one of the installed drivers weren't being displayed even though it said there were 4 items. As soon as you tried to do something in there, it would lock up. After a lot of rebooting, playing with the print spooler, and general lack of luck, we tried turning off the Netport. Finally we were able to get somewhere though it still didn't go smoothly; we had to keep turning off the Netport and/or the network printer before we were able to delete all the drivers in there and reinstall them which finally resolved the problem. Throughout all of this, the other Win2k workstation had no problems with printing to the same network printer.
Obviously there is some conflict between Win2k and this Netport Express server; none of the Win98 workstations have any such problems. Does anyone have any ideas? Is Netport Express even compatible with Win2k?