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Access 2003 hangs whenever I open a report in any DB

Posted on 2008-11-13
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MS Access 2003 hangs whenever I try to open any report in any DB (on the network or my local drive). It even hangs if I try to import a report from another Access DB. The reports work fine on another computer. Rebooting Windows XP did not fix it.

My problems started right after Access hung while printing an Access report to a PDF file via Acrobat Pro 6. That hung Access.
Question by:gordonwwaugh
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Are you *sure* that there is a Default Printer specified ?

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Mean in Control Panel >> Printers ?

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What is your service pack level on Win XP and Acc2k3

I am having a similar problem when I open Modules

Do you have Windows or Microsoft Updates turned on...

SP3's for both the OpSys and Office seem to cause alot of inconsistencies

I had updates turned completely off and I got a notification when shutting down that updates were ready to install....  and updates were MAGICALLY set to download updates.

This has been reported by a number of users and I found a posting on the internet that it started on Sept 10th...  
though I can't find a reference to it now....  Microsoft claims it did nothing wrong.

One of my programmers just had the same thing happen to him this week.....   His has always been turned off....  and suddenly updates are ready to install.

I am not sure that I can offer much more advice than what I am preparing to do over the weekend....

Shake the etch-a-sketch ....  Reinstall the operating system and Office....  patch it to SP2 levels....  and get back to work...

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Wow. My printers control panel won't open (it hangs). So maybe something went amiss when Acrobat hung while trying to print. I just lost my task bar, so I'm going to reboot now and try to fix the printers control panel. I'll get back to you in a few minutes.
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform) earned 1000 total points
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Access reports require a Default Printer to be installed, or several different bizarre errors can occur.

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"so I'm going to reboot now and try to fix"

Do a Windows System Restore - from a point prior to this issue.  I've had that fix a similar issue in the past -... ALL printers suddenly disappeared !!!  Restore fixed it!


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Thanks for your quick response. I found that every app hung when I tried to print. The problem disappeared after I stopped and restarted the Windows print spooler.

I'll keep the Windows system restore in mind if the problem reoccurs.

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