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Win 7 (HP for that matter) can't find printer

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Green_Manelishi, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Printer is HP Officejet 6500 connected to router via ethernet. IP (according to the printer). Neither HP software not Win 7 can see the damned printer. "Funnily" a Win Vistah, and OS X, platform can see the printer at

    Any ideas?
  2. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    Lovin Sparks Nv!
    Hmmm... I lost my HP 3600N not too long ago - Networked version stopped working and had to go USB to the Core workstation. Really messed with my sharing and access.

    I was thinking it's a bad network cable, but in the back of my mind something says an Update ate it...

    I'm looking for a solution too. Worked great before we changed houses, but I didn't let the movers touch the electronics... so that's why I was thinking cable possibly.

    It did seem to work better from the switch downstream from the router... and that just added another wrinkle to the 'figure it out' plan... so I just went USB for now.

    We will see what the others say, and roll from there.

  3. dotsun

    dotsun Shark Stomper

    Mar 25, 2007
    Knoxville, TN
    When you say the win7 box can't see it, what exactly do you mean, GM? You have it installed and it shows offline or it's installed and when you print a test page it just never prints?
  4. gemeinschaft

    gemeinschaft AKA Fluffy316

    Feb 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    So when you sit at your Win7 machine, with the printer on, can you ping the printer?

    Open a Command Prompt and then type: ping

    This would be the first thing I would try.

    If you get ping responses from the printer, I would re-install the printer to an IP Port of

    Good luck.
  5. Downloaded install file(s) for use on XP machine. It found the printer but can't communicate with same:

    Your computer is unable to communicate with your printer at This may be caused by firewall software. If you are using firewall software please verify that UDP port 427 is unblocked for both inbound and outbound traffic.

    Win7 did not even bless me with an error message.

    Odd I did not have this problem with the Vista platform or the Mac.

    If anyone wants to take this to PMs, let me know.
  6. gemeinschaft

    gemeinschaft AKA Fluffy316

    Feb 7, 2004
    Houston, TX
    PM sent
  7. The Acer (XP), and the Asus (Win7) are now printing.

    I ran a program called AngryIP and found myself wondering why more than one node was called RMS-something or other. And I realized that two of the PCs have/had a user called RMS (my initials). The Acer showed as Acer-blahblahblah.

    I've enough experience with DECNet and other stuff to know it's never wise to have more than one child with the same name. So, I renamed the old Compaq to ... get this .... Compaq !!! I renamed the Asus to .... Asus !!! Brilliant, eh?

    I then re-attempted to install the printers and VIOLA !!! Fekkin brilliant.

    Still, I am curious to know:

    why there are two Asus.home nodes.
    what is new-host.home
    what is new-host-4.home

    My suspicion is the new-host.home and new-host-4.home are my Mac; when I shut it down those two nodes no longer exist.

    Is it possible one of the asus.home nodes is the two disk drives plugged into its USB?

    Thanks all for the help and suggestions.
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011