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I have one windows 98 client that I am having troubles with. I have not used 98 in a networking world, and is far different than XP. I simply am trying to print to a networked printer. It is a laserjet 4050. It is installed as a local printer on a ACITSLPR_1 port which has the IP address of the printer. When I try to print to it, I get this error:

There was an error writing to ACITSLPR_1 for the printer (HP Laserjet 4050): The system cannot write to the specified device.

It will print a few lines of text to the printer, and then that error comes up on the computer.

I tried to install this as a network printer, but it always tells me it is offline, even though it is not. In fact, if I go to \\printserver, all I can see is the shares. Normally it would show the shared printers as well.

Anybody have any ideas?
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adembo,

The problem is that Windows 98 does not come with support for LPR.  It is not even an additional install on the CD.  Third party drivers or programs are available or you may have something that came with your server/network.  I don't have something that I can personally recommend but I will look to see if I can find something.  Otherwise another expert may have a solution that they have used.  That is the problem though.

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I was not realizing that windows 98 cannot see a printer share name with more than 8 characters. I created a new share for the printer on my printserver with less than 8 characters and now the printer is able to be added. I still installed it as a local printer, but for the port, I typed the path to the printer. It now prints as expected.

I still am curious to know what caused that. This is one of those "It has been working for years" and all of a sudden stops. Nothing had changed on the server side, but it just stopped working. I will leave it as I have setup now, as I am trying to rid the company of 98. Unfortunately, it is here because of an application that will not run under XP. Hofeully we can upgrade that sooner rather than later.

Thanks.
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I completely overlooked that fact.  I'm glad that you caught it and it sound like you fixed your problem.  If that is the case then you can post a zero point message in the Community Support topic area to ask them to take care of this question so you can get your points back.  Include the URL of this message in the message you post and your recommendation (delete with refund or accept one of your comments with refund).  If I misunderstood and you still have a question then please let me know how I can help.

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Well, I just did a work-a-round. I'm not sure I fixed the problem, rather just found another way to do it. The info you gave probably still applies to the original problem.

Thanks.

I will leave this open for a few more days to see if anyone else has any input, for my own curiosity.
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Check that the Print server has the Windows 98 driver installed for the printer you are trying to connect use.  The print server needs this and also key printer name to 8 characters.


Let me know if this works.
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This was fixed by changing the share name to less than 8 characters. All is well now. I just need to figure out how to close this question.

Thanks for your info.
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To close the question, post a zero point question in Community Support (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/).  In the question include the address/URL of this question and let them know that you solved your own question.  If you have posted the solution then you can tell them which comment to accept.  If not you can ask for the question to be deleted.  They should refund your question points in either case.

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