Sharing any printer on network causes crash

April 25, 2010 at 23:25:17
Specs: Windows 7, AMD 64 X-2/4gb
So my network has been fine before, I had a printer connected to my main computer and shared the printer to my local network so that the other computers can print off of it. However recently, the system was crashing, and tried all kinds of solutions until we found the culprit - which was the printer/local network. What happens is that when my printer is 'sharable' to the network via 'Devices and Printers'(Windows 7), the system will hang after a few seconds, and the only option from there is a cold reboot as none of the key functions work. When my printer is not shared to the network, it works absolutely fine. Other printers share this same exact problem, only when it is shared to the local area network. I also re-formatted the computer and it still does the same thing.

My network consists of a 2wire DSL modem, hooked up to about 7-8 computers, 4 or 5 directly to the PC's, and one of them hooked up to a router that connects to the remaining computers. Could it be some kind of firewall issue or perhaps the router is screwing it up? Any feedback is appreciated.


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#1
April 26, 2010 at 05:56:59
What model DSL modem is it? How many ports does it have?

Shouldn't there be a switch instead of a router?

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#2
April 30, 2010 at 19:54:47
The modem is a 2701HG-B GATEWAY. I changed the router that was connected to the modem to a switch recently but it still didn't fix the issue. I tried removing all the connections to the modem(it has 4 ports built-in) except two with no firewalls and enabled file sharing for one, while I tried to view the network with the other, it still ended up crashing. I restored the DSL modem to it's default setting and tried restarting it several times and the problem still persists.

I really don't have anywhere else to pinpoint to other than the modem.


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#3
May 1, 2010 at 06:55:38
If you think the problem is the modem, test the printer & the network without it. Just use the router. Try it with DHCP & try it with all static IPs. If it still crashes, the modem isn't the cause.

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