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Solutions: IP conflict may be source of home network printing problems

I operate a small home network — one HP printer, two desktops (one is Win7, the other Ubuntu) and one laptop (Win7), and my neighbor piggybacks her laptop (WinXP) on our Netgear WNDR3400 router via Knology cable. My printer is unstable on the Win7 laptop. My neighbor doesn't use the printer. I received a message that says two pieces of equipment share the same IP address and that they should have distinct addresses. I would like to check all the IP addresses.

As you suspect, the IP conflict may be the issue with your printer. You can check IP addresses by logging on to your router. Using your browser, navigate to http://192.168.1.1. Enter the user/pwd (for Netgear this is usually admin/password, which should be changed if you haven't already). You should now see all devices connected to your network and be able to modify the valid DHCP ranges so as not to conflict with the printer address.

I have two desktop PCs. One has Vista and the other has Windows XP. Both are on Internet Explorer 8. My Vista machine condenses all Web pages. My XP machine uses the full width of the screen to display Web content. The only other difference between the machines is that the XP has a video card and the Vista has an integrated motherboard. On the Vista, I've tried things I've researched on the Internet, but nothing works to expand the display to full width. Any ideas?

Is it just Internet Explorer that's condensed while the rest of the display is normal? Maybe you just need to grab and extend the size of the Internet Explorer window with your mouse, or better yet, just hit Shift+F11 to put Internet Explorer in "full screen mode." If it still looks truncated, then I would suspect a corrupted Internet Explorer install (not likely) or corrupted video driver install. See which vendor makes your integrated board video and if your drivers are up to date.

When I do the first entry of the day in the Google search bar, I am only able to type a few letters and then I am redirected to: http://www.google.com/ compressiontest/gzip.html. Subsequent searches work just fine. I have made no changes to any settings on this pretty new HP laptop, running Windows 7. Why has this problem come up only in the last few weeks, and what do I do to get rid of the redirect?

Try emptying your Internet Explorer cache, history and temporary files (Tools, Internet Options, Browsing History, Delete). If that doesn't work, uninstall the Google search bar and just use the Internet Explorer URL address bar to type in your search items. You can go to Tools, Internet Options, Search to set your default search engine to Google. While the Internet Explorer 9 combination Search/URL bar is not as convenient as the IE version 8 separate search bar, it is better than carrying around all that weight from the add-on Google search bar.

Send questions to personaltech@sptimes.com or Personal Tech, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Questions are answered only in this column.

Solutions: IP conflict may be source of home network printing problems 10/16/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 16, 2011 8:04pm]
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