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printers always unavailable in office 2007

hello I have a dell Precision workstation t3400 with Vista 64 bit and office 2007 SP2

randomly on my office applications, specifically excel. I get messages saying that my printers are unavailable. The printers are working fine and I'm able to print test pages, and documents but initially they say that they're unavailable. I have my default printer set to a HP laserjet M1522nf.

Any ideas?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have a similar software setup and printers work fine. How are your printers connected? Which is to say, are you losing your physical connection to them on some random basis? Is your default printer local or network connected?  ... Thinkpads_User
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jbla9028Author Commented:
all my printers are networked. I shouldn't be losing access to them as they are on a wired LAN.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
That's true. So now, all computers losing their printers? Or just your computer?
... Thinkpads_User
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jbla9028Author Commented:
it jutseems to be mine and I don't see anything in my event viewer leading me to believe my network connection has dropped. The guy behind me is sharing the printers and he never has the problem (WinXP)
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you.  So if just you, and if your network shares are staying up, and if you can print a test page from Windows Vista whenever, then that kinds of isolates the issue to Office 2007. Have you considered reinstalling Office? No guarantee of course, but given the answers and thread, what else could it be? ... Thinkpads_User
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jbla9028Author Commented:
Thanks I got it to work. I had to remove a faulty old driver for some other printer I had on the PC. it works fine now.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks, and it is good to know you got it working. ... Thinkpads_User
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