HP print driver crashes when using network printer, can't view properties/print
We have a number of laptops running Windows XP SP3 that communicate with a print server and I'm adding network printers to them, and then creating a default profile. This works on some laptops just fine. However, I'm having a very annoying issue that causes the following error to come up whenever I right click the printer in Printers and Faxes and select Properties: "Function address [different number every time] caused a protection fault. Exception code 0xc0000005. Some or all property pages may not be displayed.", and this is for Explorer.exe.
Trying to print to the printer will also cause whatever application was trying to print to crash. Even just choosing File>Print in some cases without even attempting the print itself, will crash if the network printer is the default printer.
One thing that DOES work, is if I create the printer as a local printer and don't run it through the print server. If I create a local IP port, and select the driver, it works perfectly. No crashes.
I've tried numerous things to get it to print through the print server:
•Different driver versions
•Clearing the driver from Server Properties in the Printers and Faxes file menu
•Emptying the spool driver cache
•Viewing around 10-15 pages deep in Google search results for that error message and have tried almost everything mentioned
The most annoying part of all is that out of all of the laptops that I have this set up with [configuration being basically the exact same for each laptop], some work, and some don't. I set all the printers up the same. Certain laptops I can log into as a network user, print to one of the network printers, and have absolutely no problems. Others, crash constantly with that error when viewing print properties, or crash whatever application is trying to print.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!