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Is network printing possible without an LPT port

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I built a workstation for our CEO using a server dual xeon motherboard with XP installed as sort of an overkill hotrod.  Now that it is together, I realized that the motherboard does not have an LPT port.  I don’t mean it does not have an LPT printer connection, it does not have an LPT port, not in the bios or listed in system/hardware/ports and an LPT port cannot be added manually as additional hardware.  The port specs in system hardware show com1 com2 and nothing else.  

Checking on the SuperMicro web site I learned that the other SuperMicro motherboards in this series all have an LPT port listed in the IO specs.  This X7DVL-L motherboard does not list an LPT port in the IO specs.  

The problem:
This machine finds the network printers, but it won’t print.  It will print to a printer connected to a usb port, but not to the network printers.  

We have 14 workstation on this domain, one of them is a dual xeon server motherboard similar to the workstation in question and it prints as expected. (it has an LPT port) This domain has a Proliant DL380 running Server 2003 64-bit.  32-bit printer drivers are available for the workstations.

The only difference in the machine that fails to print that I can see is the non-existant LPT port.  I asked in a previous question if an LPT port was necessary for network printing and I was told it was not necessary.  I am second guessing since I cannot find anything else different about this machine.  Again, I am not talking about a printer connection, rather the port.

What am I missing?  thanks
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There should be no need to have an LPT port to use a network printer.

You say the PC "finds" the network printers, which implies you print via a server or sharing PC. Can you print directly to the network printers, using a Standard TCP/IP port? Of course that will only work if the printers are networked directly (i.e. real network printers, not M$_network printers).
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Thanks for the response,  we have a "Domain" not workgroup using a Proliant DL380 server with 14 workstaions and 6 "shared, network" printers with IP reservations in place.  Domain network printers assigned TCP/IP port.  All domain workstations "find" the printers with no problem including the stubborn machine..  Since the server is running Server 2003 -64bit, the 32 bit drivers are available for 32-bit  machines as per standard alternate driver proceedure in advanced printer options.

Perhaps we are dealing with a software glitch somehow with OFFICE business manager 2007, or QuickBooks 2008.  Both softwares have a PDF distiller that might be preventing network printing.

Any ideas of stuff to check would be appreciated.    
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