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Hi i have an sbs 2003 server. The spooler service keeps stopping and i cant print at all any ideas?

very important
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by:Big5250
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Is there free disk space? Any errors in the event log?
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loads of disk space.

The Print Spooler service terminated unexpectedly.  It has done this 8 time(s).  The following corrective action will be taken in 60000 milliseconds: Restart the service.

The server service was unable to map error code 1722.

if you can help me that would be great
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by:Marakush
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armstrongwar,

Did you check the size of the print buffer?

Also, change the printer setting from RAW to LPR and try enable print spooling.

Marakush

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Any recent service pack or hotfix installs? Any new printer driver installs?  Recent software additions?  Or did this just start out of the blue?
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out of the blue. being install some hotfixes but they were after the problem started

printing down all day
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how to i check the print buffer size
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i also cant do anything with the printers as they disappear when the service is not running
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First things first...

Go to the system console (or remote console) and go to:

\system32\spool\PRINTERS\ and delete everything inside of this directory.

Also change the printers on the workstation from RAW to LPR.

Marakush

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That worked when i deleted that. Thanks a million. Why was that not on the web anywhere? also any idea of an explanation
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by:Marakush
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Armstrongwar,

Well I used to have that problem with a citrix box, so i always had to recreate printers cause the spool dir got hosed. The explanation... Hmmm... Its a Microsoft product :) Just kidding... I think that the spool only specifies a certian amout of space, then there is a size mismatch and the old crap dosen't get flushed like its suspose to.

Marakush
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by:Anthony_E
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I think there is some kind of windows update for that error, maybe try looking on the microsoft website for this problem
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:) Sounds good to me...

Marakush
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