Ok here is an update for those in the future who may be reading this. SOLVED
What I did and what I found that solved my problem:
First I read the Post above by the forum member 'rshaffer61'
I did just as was outlined in the malware removal topic. I was surprised to see two items of 'rogue' on this PC, especially after I had just reformatted the entire hard drive. I brought it down to a boat anchor and then rebuilt it. I am on that same pc now. Thanks for the reply rshaffer61
I know these folks are busy on this forum. Could you imagine everyone from all over the planet asking you for help at the same time? Whew... :0
Next I reset both the modem and the router for an entire two minutes. I removed the power supply. I did not simply push the reset button. Both restarted.
I restarted the PC several times over the coarse of the rebuild. Maybe 25-30 times.
I restarted the HPL7680 several times when prompted to do so.
I checked the Ethernet cable at both ends and looked for the green lights at each end.
I then deleted the shared folder and built a new one. It wasn't a big deal. I still had not loaded my back ups yet.
I then went to the EWS (embedded web server) to rebuild the files there. That is when I noticed I had yet another problem. That is what ended up being the culprit. I could not get into my EWS from the IP address that I had written down that was assigned to the HP L7680.
I looked at the HP L7680 set up manual, NO HELP at all.
I then looked at the digital screen on the HP L7680 itself.
I pushed setup
Scroll down to the (5) entry NETWORK
Make sure the (1) entry View Network settings is boxed
Scroll down to (2) Display Wired Summary
This will give you the NEW IP number of the machine. WRITE THIS # DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!
Open a browser windows such as Internet Explorer or Firefox
In the search window enter
https:// (no spaces) and the IP # number you just retrieved from the HP L7680 display screen
Click search (or go)
Then the EWS (embedded web server) will open to the machines IP number.
Click on Settings (along the top)
Click on Direct Digital Dialing (speed dial) (along the left side)
In the "Friendly Name" enter the folder name you wish to scan directly into. This does not have to be a formal name but I made mine EXACTLY as the folder is named in my system.
This is where it gets tricky...
In the "Network Path" you have to enter the Computer name. In the SPECIFIC way it is shown on your PC.
This is VERY IMPORTANT to get the shared folder name right. I copy and pasted to be positive it was the exact same. If it is a 'space' or even one letter off, your toast. Make sure it is the same.
In the "Username" I just entered my name 'Steve'
In the "Password" and "Pin" I entered nothing. I left both blank. Don't worry if you do the system will assign and keep the password. You will never need to remember it. If you need for it to be secure, by all means put a password and PIN in there. If you do, when you scan into those folders you will need to enter the password an PIN for it to work. No big deal either way.
Now reduce the web browser and all other files to get back to your desktop. :0
Smile were almost done
RIGHT click the desktop anywhere that is in the open. (not on another Icon)
A new folder will show up on your desk top. Smile again.
Right click the folder and scroll down and click "Rename"
Name the folder EXACTLY as you did before. (In the example#2 above SCANS) Make sure the folder name is the same.
Click on the desktop in an open area, not on another icon.
Now right click on the new folder (SCANS) you just renamed.
Scroll down and click on Sharing and Security
Scans (your folder name) Properties window will open
Check- Share this folder on the network.
Check- Allow network users to change my files (only if you want to let other make changes)
Now look on your desktop and you will see your folder has a little 'hand' under it. This is your sign it is shared on the network.
Click "Start" and roll your mouse over 'My Computer' and right click "Properties"
Make sure the computer name is the same name as you listed on the HP L7680 EWS (embedded web server) in the "Network Path". For example "Laptop"
Click on "Start" "Control Panel" and open the control panel.
Click on and open "Printers and Faxes"
Click on the HP L7680 Series and make it the default printer. You will know it is the default by the check mark just above it.
Right click on the default printer HP L7680 and scroll down to "Properties" and open (click)
HP Office Jet Pro L7680 window will open.
Click on the "Sharing" tab.
Make sure "Share this Printer" is checked.
Click on "Ports" tab
Click "Add a Port"
A printer port window will open
Scroll over and high-lite "HP Standard TCP/IP Port"
Click "New Port"
In the "Printer Name or IP Address" enter the new IP address you retrieved off of your HP L7680 from the digital screen. Make sure it is the exact same. One digit off and your toast.
In the "Port Name" it should auto fill for you.
IP_you.rIP.Num.ber (except it will be your real IP number)
A "Port Wizard Window" will open.
Make sure 'Standard' is checked
Make sure "HP Jet Direct" is in 'box'
A new window will open "Completing the Add port..."
WRITE DOWN ALL THE INFORMATION!!!!!!!!!!!
Verify the IP # is the same as the one you retrieved from your HP L7680 earlier. I know it is repetitive but if I had done this before I would not have had the problems and you would not be reading this.
You will be back at the "Add a Port" window.
Make sure the port you just added is high-lighted and click "Configure"
Verify the IP number again is the same as the one you retrieved from your HP L7680.
Close "Printers and Faxes"
Now you should be back at your desk top.
On your HP L7680 push the "Direct Digital Dialing" button
You will have a list of the Shared folders you entered into the EWS (embedded web server)
Use the arrow key to scroll to "SCANS"
Put the document you wish to scan directly into the 'SCANS' folder in the Auto Document Feeder, or raise the top and lay it on the screen. (If yours does not have the Auto doc feeder)
Push "Start Scan"
Jump out of your seat, yell yeppadedoda!!!!!
Now this is the important part.
Take your right hand and reach around as far as you can over your left shoulder and pat yourself on the back.
I have no idea why HP can not put this info on their website so it is easy to find or to follow. The above information took me four days 14 to 16 hours a day to figure out on my own.
I really do hope you find this information useful.
This post has been edited by 4RE KLR:
Edited by 4RE KLR, 08 September 2009 - 07:16 AM.