Facing problem with shared printer

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GoodDay, Dear all, this is giri. We have got NT server in our office. 1 since I found some bad sectors in one of my client system which was having windows98 operating system. I replaced with new 80gb seagate harddisk (7200rpm). I tried installing 98. in the bios my harddisk detected as 80gb, but when i'm doing fdisk it detects as 40gb. 2.Then i tried booting with xp pro media & did 3 partion.(xp pro detects my actual capacity of my hdd (80gb) ). 3. Partition which i made was fat32 , from xp media. 4. Then again i quick formatted my 1'st partion using my windows 98 media and started windows98 Setup. 98 setup failed. giving some error messages during installation & stopped the installation process. 5.Atlast i decide to install xppro in the system & it installed successfully.(installed the os with fat32 filesystem). 6.Everything went fine. when i tried to install the share printer , i was not able to see the shared printer which is connected to my nt server. i'm able to see the server pc in the my network places . but the printer which is connected in the server is not showing , when i'm trying to install the printer.(printer is connected to nt server pc and proper sharing is given.with windows 98 it was ok.no problem was there with printing). network settings including IP Address is same as win98. 7. I thought that it could b a filesystem issue,so i converted the filesystem from fat32 to ntfs for all the partitions. 8.Now when i tried installing the printer from add printer wizard.Still I the shared printer is not shown.the I typed the path of my shaed printer (serverprintername). Then it asked for NT Server Username & Password. i gave nt server username as administrator & the password. Atlast i installed the shared printer.it worked fine. Receiving PopUps But after this printer installation, my other clients receiving a pop up everytime, when a printjob is sent to the shared printer. even a popup is showing in nt server where the printer is connected phisically. the pop message says the 50th printjob is sent to................. ........ .. press ok. that's it. this message is coming whenever a print job is given from any client pc's.we need to pree ok or close the window everytime. My question is: how to avoid this popup message ?. why it happened.( i didn't made any changes in my winNt Server Where the printer is Connected Phisically). One more issue after changed my os from 98 to winxp pro. the pc had winfaxpro10.0 installed , & configured as a host for my winfax clients.it configured to print automatically as soon as a new fax comes, and it worked fine with win98. after the xp installation, after the printer configuration, i installed winfaxpro10.0 and configure a s host for my winfax pro clients. the pc wher i installed xp pro had win faxpro10.0 server. i configured for auto print for all new fax messages. it automatically taken the default printer which i configured. But auto print is failed.giving error message as unable to connect to the printer or printer not found..... but i can able to print the fax messages manually.from same pc, from same winfax preview window. My overall problem which i'm facing is with the shared printer which is connected to my nt server with proper sharing. Note:No changes made in the Nt server pc. The shared printer didn't gave any kind of problem when it was with windows 98. Hope i'll receive a solution for my Big story. Thank u very much in Advance. GiriPrasad.S.

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1) Have you updated your server BIOS?
2) Why are using Win98 again?

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  • Orionizer
    Have you made the new machine a part of the domain? Also, is the new account name and password exactly the same as the old system?
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  • Melenie
    1. Not sure why you would want 98 OS over XP? 2. Is your server running NT 4.0 with the latest SP? 3. Sounds like you shared the printer on the XP computer. XP will act as a print server for other systems printing to a printer with the same name. 4. Does the printer have a NIC or is it directly attached to the NT server? You may want the XP to act as a print server, it is actually more efficient than NT4, if it has enough memory. 5. Make sure your are loggin on the XP with local domain admin rights. If not, give yourself those rights on the XP. Make sure the XP is a member of the domain not the default "workgroup". I hope this helps.
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  • Kaiser1
    Uncheck the notification box on the prnter,to avoid pop ups. winfax pro is a 16 bit app. Will not work in XP.
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  • Johnnylac
    Giri, I read some of the answers others have given you and I can't think of anything to add to resolve your immediate issues. They seem to have it covered. However, I may be able to give you some input for your support effort moving forward. I read you problem and the first thing I thought of is that when you mix OS's (NT, XP, Win98) on your network you are eventually going to experience compatibility issues. In general, it makes it easier to servicetroubleshoot when you have as much HWSW consistency as you can throughout the network. Also, not all apps, especially legacy ones, will work properly or consistently on all platforms with all operating systems (i.e. Winfax). You may also want to establish consistency in your choice of file systems. The issues that you stated here are the best evidence if you have to sell this to the ?powers that be?. Good luck! JL
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  • Elangeland
    Regarding the Winfax problem: If Winfax is running as a service (that is, it does not need a user to be logged on), then the account that Winfax uses probably does not have the printer connected. In Windows XP, network printer connections are normally done on a per-user basis. You can add a printer for all users on the XP system with a command like the following (change the printer name as appropriate): rundll32 printui.dll, PrintUIEntry /ga /n "serverHP LaserJet 8150 PCL6" This will make the printer available for all users who log on (and also to those that run services). One caveat: I have recently discovered that using the printer share name does not work for some software, however with an NT 4 print server, using the full printer name may not work.
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  • Sumeshs
    I think everyone has covered the answer with all their suggestions I agree with the OS mix up. If you really need to make your server dual boot, install WInXp into a directory rather than a partition. It works better and will not give you any issues. I had done this on one of my laptops. So I installed everything related to XP in D:WINXP. Hope that give some more perspective for the future.. Sumesh
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  • Guardian
    I would agree on maintaining consistency,it would better if you just XP'd all the PC's depending on the hardware compatibilities.
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