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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

[fixed] Windows cannot connect to the printer. Either the printer name was typed incorrectly, or the specified printer has lost its connection to ...

Problem:
The user can't connect to a domained networked printer.

Error message:
Windows cannot connect to the printer. Either the printer name was typed incorrectly, or the specified printer has lost its connection to the server. For more information, click Help.

Fix:
Rejoin the host to the domain.
  1. Rightclick "My Computer"
  2. Go "Computer Name"->Change...
  3. Change "Member of..." to Workgroup
  4. Change the hostname to something else e.g. old-hostname2 and join the original domain

1 comment:

Feralhog said...

After going round and round on a standard Active Directory domain (if such a thing exists) I discovered that a "Service" was not running that cured my problem. Check "TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper" services. Set to Automatic and Start it.