I have a NT 4.0 server and about 50 Windows 98 machines that log into it. They have static IP addresses and the network is working perfectly. My problem is with sharing a printer over the network. In several departments I have just hooked the printer (HP Laser Jet 4) directly up to one of the users and made it into a shared printer. Then I go to the other users in that department, double click on Network Neighborhood find the user with the printer and then double click on the shared printer icon to install it onto their PC too as the default printer. This has worked wonderfully for months now, and in most cases still works for us. But now I have two departments that only the user hooked up directly to the HP can print on it. Everyone else gets an error that it can?t print to the HP, there is a network error and they need to reboot their computer and try again. If you click OK it makes the HP in their printers folder go offline and even if you do reboot you cannot get it to print ever.
I have tried deleting the printer on the users PC and reinstalling it as I mentioned above. I have deleted it off the user directly connected to the printer and reinstalled it and then redid the rest of the connections to it. Nothing works, I still get this error. I have not changed anything with the network or with the individual PCs, this just started happening one day. The departments affected are even on different segments of the network running through different hubs so I don?t know what the problem is. I still have 6 departments that are working great and I set them up the exact same way.
HELP!!!! And many thanks, I will owe whoever can fix this BIG time!!!!