Windows 2008 x64 Server - Print Server Problem with x86 Windows XP Clients
Posted on 2009-04-21
I have a new Windows 2008 X64 server, also a DC. Works great. Now in production.
Have configured all the printers from the older Windows 2003 x86 server on the new Win2008 X64 Server. All are configured and working fine, from the server. This new server is going to become one of the production print servers. It and another one just like it. X64 drivers were installed for the printers.
All the printers are shared and used by numerous Windows x86 XP Pro SP3 clients. Several printers work fine from the XP clients (Dell 3110CN Color Laser, HP P1505N) No problem with those. However, serveral also will not work for the XP. In particular, Sharp AR-M620N copiers and Brother HL5170DN. Have VB scripts to configure the printers which do nothing. When I try to configure the printers in question manually, it throws the following error:
THE SERVER FOR <printer name> DOES NOT HAVE THE CORRECT PRINTER DRIVER INSTALLED. IF YOU WANT TO SEARCH....yada yada yada.....
So, I went to the server and tried to install additional drivers (X86) for the printers in question, using the one provided by the vendors. They will not install. Get an error indicationg that the driver is not for the architecture of the server in question.
Have researched the problem on the internet and many have encountered the same. However, the solution of installing X86 additional drivers, does not work.
Tried one other thing....on XP client configured the printer using the share name (\\servername\printername) in the port name and installing the driver to the PC. This does not work either, in that the printer remains in offline status.
So, how can I get XP X86 clients to utilze the printers on a x64 printer server. Please advise. Thanks.
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