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Can't delete print jobs on an HP printer que

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On a XP workstation computer, we can't print to one network printer (we can to other network printers).

The printer we can't print to, has a number of jobs stuck in the print que - from other workstations.  They do not show these jobs, and they can print fine.

Nobody can delete these jobs.

I have uninstalled the network printer on this workstation and reinstalled it - no luck.

What do do next?
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by:GRiTech
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I've found a useful utility for completely resetting the local print spooler to default, cleaning all drivers\registry\ports etc from the local machine.  Might be useful for problem machine with strange printing problems.  Also might need to reboot to finish clearing everything.
 
This tool is part of the xp/2003 resource kit - cleanspl.exe

Try running this and see if it cures it.  You'll need to set up all printers on the workstation zapped.

Could also try a cold reset on the printer just for good measure.

Hope this helps
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patrickab earned 500 total points
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It is generally not a good idea to allow any network user to delete anything off the print queue. It is usually set so that people can only delete their own work from the queue.
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Totally agree patrick, however if a printadmin uses cleanspl out of the resource kit it can give a totally clean PC to start afresh, just to make sure theres not a corrupt dll or something.

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GRiTech - Thanks for that - patrickab
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Most generous as I didn't solve anything really - patrickab
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Most generous as I didn't solve anything really - patrickab
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Yes but your information probably set egascho off on the right track......;o) I guess we'll never know unless egascho tells us more - Cheers G
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by:egascho
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Sorry didn't get back to you all.  The problem ended up being a print driver / issue and something to do with our changing our server IP addresses to the standard addressing scheme (which we did recently). I uninstalled the printers completely from servers and all machines, then reinstalled - now everything is working.  The XP 2003 tools "cleanspl.exe" did zap the printers on the workstation I first had trouble with.  But in the meantime everyone had problems, so I started from strach.

Thanks guys.
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Thanks for the feedback, glad you got it sorted - G
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