Posted 07 February 2009 - 09:38 PM
Two years ago, I set up a LAN: three desktops (each using Windows XP Home), a D-link router, a DSL modem, and a hP LaserJet 1300 PCL. Configuration was done using the Network Setup Wizard and the LAN functioned normally until last week, when katiecomputer lost the ability to print on the network printer. I got an error which indicated that the network path to the printer could not be found.
At that time, I deleted the printer from katiecomputer and tried to reestablish connection using the Add Printer Wizard. However, the network printer was not listed in the browse list, no printer was. So, I named the printer and got an error indicating that the named printer could not be found, even though the printer was "pointed to" correctly. I did some research and found a solution: remove sharing of the printer, then restore sharing. After doing this, the Add Printer Wizard did list the printer, so I installed the printer and printed a test page.
One day later, my girlfriend, again, could not print from katiecomputer and I could not get the network path to be recognized. This time, the remove sharing/restore sharing trick did not work to establish the connection. After a bunch of fiddling, I reset the LAN connection on katiecomputer and then on lindacomputer which acts as print server. The Add Printer Wizard immediately "saw" the printer and I installed it. Two hours later, the installed printer disappeared form the Printer and Fax list, leaving no printers installed on katiecomputer.
It seems that I have lost communication between computers on the LAN, yet each can access the internet independently. Repeating the Network Installation steps has not worked. Changing the workgroup name for each computer has not worked.
I have tried so many things that I have lost track. Perhaps my problem is simple and easy to resolve, I don't know. Perhaps a virus is at work.
Can someone suggest troubleshooting steps or point me toward a resource so that I can reestablish the LAN and share resources?