Adding printers to a computer via Add Hardware through tcp/ip port

Posted on 2006-05-03
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I am building a print server on a dell server running Windows 2000 Advance Server.

These printers are already connected to my company network which they are working off an exisiting print server. (one built way before I came and work for this company)
This is server is currently not on the domain but use to be a server working on the domain.

 At this point, i am adding in the drivers for the printers.. while adding one of the printers i was selecting the drivers for it and had accidently hit the back button. This brought be back to the screen to which i add in the port name (tcp/ip port address, ie well when i reenter the port number it saids that the port already exists and to use a different one. No where in the system do i see the one that was supposely added so i can add the drivers i wasnt able to do. If you could please email me as soon as possible for i got a deadline on this project.
Question by:thermo1969
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    You should be able to see the port if you go back one more step from the add port box.  If the port has already been added then it will be in the list of all of your other ports (e.g. LPT1, USB).

    You should get an email sent to you when a comment is added to your question but we do not communicate by email.  If we solved problems that way then noone else would be able to use the solution.

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    Yea. Im not seeing any of the printers i had addes in (only 3 til this mishap). I dont see it under device manager, printers, or network. Unless there is something im forgetting.
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    Let me clarify the problem.  Is the problem that none of your printers are listed in the Printers folder in Windows (i.e. Control Panel -> Printers)?  I thought you were trying to add a printer and needed to find the step to select the existing TCP/IP port.  If nothing appears in the Printers folder, even printers you have already set up, then you should try to restart the Printer Spooler service.  It may have stopped or have a problem.  You can restart this service by going to Administrative Tools in the Control Panel and selecting the option for Services.  Look for this service in the list and then use the button at the top of the window to restart the service.  The button normally has a stop and play image on it.

    If you are just trying to add this printer then the port should appear after you choose to add local printer.  Remove the check on the option to have Windows try to find the printer.  The TCP/IP port you set up should appear with the other local ports.
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    If you still can't get past this problem, a quick fix would be to just enter a new port name. There are two fields when creating the port. One is the port name. The other is the address. By default, when you enter the address, the port name matches the address. However, you can change the name to be anything you want. If you make it unique, it will let you add the port, even though it's the same IP address. So, just enter the address the way you normally do, then change the name.

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    I have found the issue and was able to fix it.. i apoligize for the delay.

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