Vista SP2 x64 - Slow Printing to a Samba Print Server

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I've got a Bell Microproducts Hammer N1200 - it's a little 2-bay SATA NAS device.  It runs Busybox 1.1.1 amongst some other mumbo jumbo.  Essentially, it shares two SATA drives and up to two USB ports.  USB ports can be either external drives or printers.  My issue is with printers.

I have three XP 32-bit devices that all connect just fine to the thing.  Browse to the system's IP, double click on the printer share, select the correct driver, done.

I have one Win7RC 64-bit that behaves exactly the same way.

I have one Vista 64-bit device that is barely functional doing the same thing.  It takes about five minutes to browse the device, five minutes to double-click on the printer share, and perhaps 8-10 minutes after selecting the correct driver before it's installed.  It takes about 10-15 minutes to print a test page.  Most applications error out before printing.  It's useless.

I have been setting this system up quickly over the last day... I am virtually positive that the printer worked properly before installing SP2 (SP1 was slipstreamed).  

I've got no more ideas... found a couple sites with a couple ideas, but nothing has panned out.  Anyone have any thoughts?
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has the vista pc got the correct driver for its nic

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Yes - it's an Atheros L1E connected to a 1gb network.  Everything else network related works great, including copying huge files to the same NAS that shares the printer.

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I should add - this exact system worked great one week ago when it was running XP 32.
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Good news and bad news:

Good news:  Issue solved.  Added an entry in hosts for the NAS and now everything works quickly.

Bad:  No idea why Vista is the only OS that had issues with the name resolution in the first place.

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vista is not great I wouldn't put it in the windows Millenium Edition mold
But I am waiting for windows 7 with baited breath as the pre releases I have seen look good.

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