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Windows 7: The Active Directory Domain Services -error

31 Mar 2010   #1

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The Active Directory Domain Services -error

Hi, I'm new to these forms, my name is Kcaz.

Today I was trying to add wireless printers to my computer (Toshiba running Windows 7 64 bit). At home, I have one wireless printer (Cannon) which works fine. To install that i think I downloaded the drivers from a CD.

Now I was trying to download the drivers for the printers at school. They are all connected through the main internet network. I've seen people (mac) download the drivers wirelessly, and I wanted to do the same. So in Microsoft Word 2007, when I press print, then in the window "Find Printer" an error comes up that says "The Active Directory Domain Services is currently unavailable". It doesn't matter where I try it, home or school, i guess the problem is within the computer.

I tried to google this, but the responses are all about how people can't print, or another related, but not relevant problem.

Is there anyway to fix this?
~Kcaz

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31 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Sounds like the computer it not set up to print. As in not connected to the print network.

~Lordbob
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31 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Well I can print fine. I;m just wondering how you add printers. Because I know the network I'm on at home works, and I still get the error
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31 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kcaz View Post
Well I can print fine. I;m just wondering how you add printers. Because I know the network I'm on at home works, and I still get the error
Yes....

Commercial networks are set up very differently from home networks. I will assume that you are using a laptop that you take from home and to work. In this case, connecting to the home network should be easy, but connecting to the work network means that you will need your work administration to setup your computer to allow network access (I believe).

~Lordbob
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01 Apr 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

I know. I have network access. Like I don't think it has anything to do with networks because it doesn't work even at home where I'm positive there are no restrictions
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01 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

It might be a restriction on the laptop itself.

Is this a work laptop, or your personal one?

~Lordbob
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01 Apr 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 

A personal one.
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01 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kcaz View Post
A personal one.
Odd indeed then. Have you downloaded and installed the drivers for your printers?

EDIT: I remember that your first post said you were trying to do that. Try downloading the drivers at home and installing them before trying to add the printer.

~Lordbob
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01 Apr 2010   #9

Windows 7
 
 

Well it's not about the printer, it's in the computer. The same thing happens when you try and find a computer to shutdown on your network using shutdown -i in the command prompt. If you press shutdown -i, it opens a box with options, then if you press find computers the exact same error occurs.

Based off of this, I would think the problem is the computer doesn't have something called the Active Directory Domain Service which allows it to find other things on a network. That being said, I can still find other computers by typing net users into the command prompt so it's only for some things maybe commercial?
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01 Apr 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Can you add the printer manually?

~Lordbob
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