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We have an app that prints ok in other PC but when in a specific PC, it doesn't print.  All PC have their series of printers.  The apps use CR to print their report.  How can we identify and solve this problem?
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Please note that this happens when we send to print directly (no preview), see first pic.  Also happens when sending to print while in preview, see 2d pic.

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Also just remember, if this helps, the apps is in vb.net 2012.  

The PC with problem is a windows 8 (the working PC are windows 7)
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Which version of CR?  Did it come with VB.Net or is it a "stand-alone" version?

 This is really just a shot in the dark, but older versions of CR (and maybe newer ones) are 32-bit.  If your version is 32-bit, maybe you need 32-bit printer drivers?

 James
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Sorry for the delay, the version is from VB.net.  The PC with the problem is Windows 8 64 bit.

Also, we have the source code (if this helps in anyway)
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I've only used the stand-alone version of CR 10 (which is 32-bit).  If your version is 32-bit, then, like I said, maybe it needs 32-bit printer drivers to be installed.  That's about all I can think of.

 If that doesn't help and no one else chimes in, you can use the "Request Attention" link and try to get some others to take a look at your question.

 James
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It has been fixed.  After a series of trial & errors, we finally created a new printer but a shared printer not local.  For some strange reason it worked.

So the solution seems to be to install a printer on the PC.

I know that the proper thing is to search the code, but since it was an old code, preferred to troubleshoot as if we had a out-of-the-box application.
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I just wanted to clarify something.

 You said that the solution was "to install a printer", but I thought from your first post that you already had one or more printers installed on each computer, including the computer(s) that got the errors.

 Yes, you need a printer installed, because CR uses printer drivers to render the report, even in a preview window.  If you already had a "local" printer installed and then installed a "shared" printer, and adding the "shared" printer fixed the problem, I'm not sure why it didn't work with just the "local" printer installed.

 James
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Chose my comment since it solved the problem.

Nevertheless, if I am closing improperly, please advice.

Thanx .
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