Printer stops working intermittently between a Windows 7 machine which has the printer connected and a Vista Business and Win2003SBS

I have a wierd intermittent problem where the printer stops working on a Windows 7 machine. It has two printers connected a Kodak 5500 All in one and a HP Laserjet 1012. Both work well from the Win7 machine. However I keep having major problems with machines suddenly seeming to drop the connection to the printer. I have also:
A Wireless Vista 32 Business machine
A LAN connected Windows 2003 SBS.
Both of which I constantly seem to fight to use the printers on the Win7 machine.

Monday the Wireless connection worked with the Vista machine today nothing. I cannot see the printer anymore when browsing to "Find A Printer"
The Win2003 SBS can see the printers both but gives me a message returned saying "The printer has not yet responded, Microsoft Office may be able to proceed without the printer information. Do you want to continue to wait for the printer"
No matter what I choose nothing happens.
Has anyone had any problems like this that you can share you knowledge with. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Fletcher BurdineTableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Asked:
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remmett70Commented:
So the two printers are directly connected to the Windows 7 PC?

Is the Windows 7 PC possibly a 64 bit version, that could be causing a driver mismatch with the down level Vista and 2003 machines?
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David_IngledewCommented:
I would agree with the 64bit comment, did you have to DL drivers for the Win7 machine?

Personally I would share them on the SBS server, but if this isn't possible I would update the drivers on the SBS server and Vista workstation with new 32bit drivers from the suppliers.
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
You need to go to the Power Management tab for the network card's properties in the device manager and set it to Allow this device to bring the computer out of standby.  Until you do that, the printers will drop out every time the Windows 7 box goes to sleep.
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Fletcher BurdineTableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
remmett70: No on your question it is not a 64 bit machine a 32 bit
David_Ingledew: I have thought about that too but I am limited on that box on USB connections. The Kodak does not work at all on the server either I have tried believe me.
DavisMcCarn: I tried that and this is what I found see image below. I do not see that checkbox anywhere. Could it be somewhere else? I know now what you are talking about I just do not see it here. I looked other places no luck yet.

NetworkCard-image.png
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David_IngledewCommented:
Davis was suggesting you Enable the wakeup on LAN options.
Another option is to use the XP Mode to install/share the printer - add the printer to this then share it. It would mean the XP mode would be running all the time but has solved some other printing issues.

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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Wake on Directed Packet is what needs to be checked; but, it wouldn't hurt to check the Wake on Magic Packet, too.
That third entry would let you turn the computer on; but, I don't think you need that.
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Fletcher BurdineTableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
Here is what I found in this window. I could check all of these if you think that will solve this. But wanted to get your advice first. I have a pretty solid firewall Cisco WRSV4400N v2 with VPN protection. I would think that would be  a fairly solid network. Do you see any problems with checking them all. I may not be understanding these all as I am not a network guy. Thanks for your help and here are the contents of the selections from the image above placed below.

Wake on Directed Packet:
Enables this device to bring the computer out of standby or hibernation when  a packet is sent directly to the adapter.

Wake On Magic Packet
Enables a management station to bring the computer out of standby or  hibernation when a Magic Packet* is sent directly to  the adapter.

Wake From S5 "Wake on Magic packet From Power Off State":
Allows the adapter to wake an Advanced Power Management (APM) enabled system  from a power-off (S5) state. ACPI systems can wake from an S5 state if the  system's BIOS supports it.
Wake On Link
Allows the adapter to wake an Advanced Power Management (APM) enabled system  when the network connection establishes link.
ACPI systems can wake from standby (S3) or Hibernate (S4). If the system's  BIOS supports it, ACPI systems can wake from a power-off (S5) state.     NOTES:  To wake from S5, you must enable the Wake on Magic Packet from power  off state setting.  
Link must be lost before the system enters an S5 state in order to wake the  system with a link up event.

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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
OK,
I think the source of your problem is that; because Wake on Directed Packet was disabled, IF the computer went to sleep AND somebody tried to print, the chit hit your proverbial fan as the printer was not there.
And, as a note, in the mysterious world of Windoze, logic does not necessarily prevail, meaning we can't ever really know when the computer has decided to sleep.  (This business used to be a science (<1994); but, is now the art of "jousting with Bill").
 
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Fletcher BurdineTableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
I got another error that says:
Windows Cannot Connect to the Printer. The local Printer Spooler Service is not running. Please restart the Spooler or Restart the machine.
I restarted the machine and that did not help. Does anyone know for sure where I need to go in Windows to start the Spooler. I use Windows 7?
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Fletcher BurdineTableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
I went to the services section and noticed that the Print Spooler is started on Automatic setting on the Windows 7 machine that shares the printers I use. (Thats where the printers are physically plugged into.  Any thoughts?
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Have you set the power management settings on the network card?  Until you do the whole system (and its printers) disappear when the system sleeps.
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Fletcher BurdineTableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
I think I got everything. Should I check the Win 7 power options section to see if there are any conflicts there?
Display is turned off after 20 min
The computer is set to go to sleep after 1 hour.

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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Earlier on, you posted an image of the Power Management options for the network card.  You need to go back there and check the top two Wake options.  Then a network request for the printer will wake up the computer.  Until you do it will stay asleep and the printers will be asleep, too.
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Fletcher BurdineTableau Trainer & Consultant Sales Exec.Author Commented:
Found out I had an overheating problem with the laptop. I have to get a lap cooler. Then I will be able to know for sure this works but it makes sense to me.
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