I've got a small office network setup with two Win98 I-openers v5.40 bios, one Dell WIN XP SP2 computer and a Netgear 10/100 wired router. Everything works great except that I am trying to set up a shared network printer on the Dell that can be accessed from the I-openers.
One I-opener works fine using an SMC 10/100 USB adapter and can print jobs, but the other one with a Linksys 10/100 USB 100TX adapter disconnects from the router after the network printer is "installed" on the system and a test page is successfully printed. The two lights on the adapter go out. Even after a reboot, it states that the printer is in offline mode.
It's very strange since everything else works great. I can surf the net for extended periods of time without any problems. I can see the other computer plus it's shared printer, select the network printer, install it, and print a great test print, but then it gives me a "User Intervention Required Use Printer Offline" message. I see a mixed bag of problems using the Linksys adapter after searching the forums, but I thought after Georgie's USB fix, that was all taken care of.
Has anyone heard of this problem and a solution to this? I was going to try a few things:
1. Swap USB adapters between the I-op's to see if that makes any difference.
2. Try setting the Linksys to only run in the slower 10 mbit speed mode.
3. Last resort would be to get a router with built-in printer server.
I don't know why printing a test page would glitch the USB adapter. That's weird.
I hope there's still some people monitoring this forum! TIA.