Can't print with fixed IP

Posted on 2006-05-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Just recently, I have had a lot of trouble printing to networked printers from my PC when I use a fixed IP address on my PC.  This has always worked fine in the past, and it works everywhere else on the network except my PC.  I can ping the printers, but it just says status is "opening" when I try to print, and eventually just times out.  When I switch to DHCP on my PC, it prints fine.  I've tried stop/start print services, flushdns, release, renew, etc but nothing helps.
Any ideas?
Question by:maharlika
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    Assisted Solution

    What static NIC settings are you using?

    What are the settings on the printer?
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    1) Why would you want a fixed IP if you have DHCP?  Even so, if you run yourself a DHCP server, you can put a lease for your own machine so that your desktop pc always receives the same IP number:

    2) Do in a dos-box 'ipconfig /all' when using a fixed IP and DHCP, and compare the two.  Most possibly your default gateway is off, you forgot to define DNS and/or WINS servers or the DNS and/or WINS servers you defined on static IP do not work or do not resolve correctly machine names to the correct IP.
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    ... And the obvious: can you print from the printer server on your printer, and can you print from another client with fixed IP to the printer?
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    maybe your using an address that your dhcp server is handing out?
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    What you should try is, manually installing the printer on your PC, and create the TCP/IP connection on your own PC, and bypass the server that it is installed on...see if that works, but also I agree with Whermans, you need to make sure your static settings match the DHCP ones First

    Assisted Solution

    make sure the IP is in the right range of your router.  You may need to get an ip address from DHCP, then make that one static.  Make sure no other IPs on the router conflict.

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