This issue has been resolved by Microsoft's Research Team. Turned out to be
my NIC card wasn't fully compatible with Vista. They changed the print stack
a little bit and my NIC didn't support it.
Went out to Bestbuy -- picked up a new card -- popped it in and printing has
"news.west.cox.net" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>I am desperately seeking help to resolve a printer problem that I have been
>having since I installed Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate on May 18th. I
>have spent several hours trying to resolve this issue and can't seem to
>find a solution. I am hoping that someone on this group has a suggestion
>that I didn't try / think about.
> I have a home network setup with 2 desktop computers and 1 laptop. 1
> computer is running Windows Vista Ultimate (desktop), the other computer
> is running Vista Home Premium (desktop), the laptop is running Windows XP
> but is hardly used (old and ready for the trash). The router on the
> network is a DLINK DI-624 and we have two printers on the network. The one
> printer is a HP 7210, which has a network built into it. The other printer
> is a HP 6L and has a print server attached.
> My problem is: The computer I use (Vista Ultimate) can't print to either
> printer. When I do, it takes about 15-20 minutes to complete the job. It
> prints, say, one or two lines -- pauses for a minute or two -- prints
> another one or two lines and pauses. It loops like this until the job is
> complete. If I cancel the job from the queue, it takes about 5 minutes to
> cancel. If I print to the HP 6L -- it takes about 2 or 3 minutes for a 1
> page Word Document to print.
> The other computer (Vista Home Premium) has no isuses printing at all.
> It's fast, images look good, etc...
> If I take the printer off the network and plug it in via USB to the
> computer running Ultimate -- there is no problem. Prints fast and clears
> the queue.
> Things I have already tried without success:
> 1) Uninstalled the printer and reinstalled it.
> 2) Set the TCP Autotuninglevel to none via netsh
> 3) Verified Driver settings between the two computers and they match.
> 4) Checked Firewall / Router settings and all is correct. Disabled
> Firewall completely as well.
> 5) Disabled UAC -- didn't work, installed UAC again.
> We even downloaded NetMon 3.0 from Microsoft and the only thing we noticed
> is when I print from the Ultimate computer to the HP 7210, I don't see a
> TCP packet with the FIN flag set, indicating the end of the communication.
> When I ran the NetMon 3.0 on the Home Premium Computer and send a document
> to the printer, I see the TCP packet with the FIN flag being sent to and
> acknowledged by the printer.
> I even went to Microsoft for help and spent three hours in a chat session.
> They had me delete my temporary files, the prefetch files, windows temp
> directory was cleared. In the end, they couldn't figure it out.
> The only other thing that sticks out is that the computer running Home
> Premium when I try to browse folders on the Ultimate computer it is very
> slow in copying (and some of the time freezes the Home Premium computer,
> requiring a alt-ctrl-del and kill the session.
> Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please post to the group so
> that other people experiencing my issues can see your response as well.
> Thank you,