Workgroup USB printer

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Workgroup printers
I have a company workgroup were XP/7 PCs map back to a shared printer on a Win7 PC. The other PCs seem to be losing connection to the printer and get offline messages on regular bases. What should I check to fix this? I understand that each PC should have the same user account/password; I should check that the host PC has USB power management turned off... What else?

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You’re on a hiding to nothing using workgroups to access shared resources. If you don’t have the resources to set up a domain think about getting a network ready printer or USB-to-Cat5 print server and map the printer via this.

That way the printer is independant of any individual PC and any issues a PC has with the printer will not effect the group as a whole.

If you go though another PC to connect to the printer you name it and it can get in the way.

If your looking for a short fix look into the win7′s homegroup settings as the printer will be a resources controlled by this if its shared.

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  • jinteik
    usually for a shared printer which is connected to a pc,it will require at least 2 gb of ram. and since ur running on win 7 maybe you would l ike to pump it with at least 3 gb of ram. when user(s) cannot print it can be because the ram is not enough and that your print spooler has already hang. by restarting the print spooler everything should work once again.
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  • ErroneousGiant
    Really? I've never heard of a shared printer having a RAM requirment. Have you got any material on this?
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