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Unable to install local printer.  RPC server problem.

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NT4.0 workstation.  SP6.

HP LJ4 on LPT1.  Was working.

Suddenly there is no printer.  

Went into printer setup and found no local printers.  Clicked on AddPrinter and receive this pop-up box:

"Operation could not be completed.  The RPC server is unavailable."

RPC Service, Server Service, Workstation Service, all automatic and started.  RPC Locator Service is on manual and not started.

I suspect that if I do an NT repair and a re-apply SP6  (or maybe even re-apply SP6 without the repair) the problem will be fixed.

But I want more than that.  I would like to understand what is broken.

Does anybody know what is going on here?
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Is your spooler service started

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You are sooooooooo right!

I found the spooler service on Automatic but not-started.

As soon as I started it, the local printer reappeared in the printer settings folder, and some previously ordered print-jobs completed.


PS:  Any theories on why the spooler service would stop.

no idea but it has happened to me before

Is the computer part of a network and if so, are there network printers that this pc maps too ? If so, then the driver on the print server is not updated and it causes the spooler service to shut down and I believe that is why the RPC keeps getting stopped not allowing the local printer to register.

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