Can't print from Excel 2003 SP3 after migrating to Server 2008 Core Print Server

Posted on 2009-02-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
We have some users who can no longer print from Excel after we migrated from a Server 2003 print server to a 2008 Core print server.  These users can all print from all other applications.
The network printers involved with this are a HP LaserJet 4240N, Xerox Phaser 4500N and a Konica Minolta Color Bizhub 450. I have tried every available driver for all of these.

I have tried the spooler cleaning utility.
I have delete all the Office data from the All Users Application Data.
I have even tried to copy and paste the old spread sheets into new sheets.
I have installed all Office Updates.
All of these PC's are XP SP2 and they have the same updates.
This happens on Dell and HP PC's
I have tried reinstalling fonts.
I have changed all of the print quality settings in the drivers and on the printers.

I am simply out of ideas.
Question by:MMHDU
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    Expert Comment

    So if they open Word and print a document it works - then they open Excel, attempt to print, and what happens?
    Error message on the client or server?
    Anything in the event log on either machine?
    is any data sent to the printer?

    Author Comment

    The printer(s) will act like they are going to print sometimes and it just doesn't. The PC will show the job go through the queue, but it happens fast then normal.

    I have seen no errors and the event logs don't show anything out of the norm.

    I will have to use a sniffer to see what data is being sent to the Server. I try to get that info today.
    Since the printer acts like it is going to print, I believe data is being sent to the server, but I'm not sure.
    LVL 6

    Expert Comment

    You can watch the print queue on the server and see if the print job shows...

    Author Comment


    The clients show nothing in their event logs, but I filtered the logs on the Server 2008 Core Print Server and I found this in the logs:
    Log Name:      System
    Source:        Microsoft-Windows-PrintSpooler
    Date:          2/18/2009 7:46:03 AM
    Event ID:      6161
    Task Category: None
    Level:         Error
    Keywords:      Classic
    User:          MINSTER\snappr
    Computer:      MinsterPS.MINSTER.COM
    The document 600399.XLS, owned by SnappR, failed to print on printer IS01_LJ. Try to print the document again, or restart the print spooler.
    Data type: NT EMF 1.008. Size of the spool file in bytes: 1093092. Number of bytes printed: 117391. Total number of pages in the document: 1. Number of pages printed: 0. Client computer: \\ Win32 error code returned by the print processor: 87. The parameter is incorrect.

    Event Xml:
    <Event xmlns="">
        <Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-PrintSpooler" Guid="{e4c60dfa-ecc5-4889-b406-e9ddd38463c8}" EventSourceName="Print" />
        <EventID Qualifiers="49152">6161</EventID>
        <TimeCreated SystemTime="2009-02-18T12:46:03.000Z" />
        <Correlation />
        <Execution ProcessID="0" ThreadID="0" />
        <Security UserID="S-1-5-21-2110855865-1834110326-1341851483-2739" />
        <Data Name="param1">600399.XLS</Data>
        <Data Name="param2">SnappR</Data>
        <Data Name="param3">IS01_LJ</Data>
        <Data Name="param4">NT EMF 1.008</Data>
        <Data Name="param5">1093092</Data>
        <Data Name="param6">117391</Data>
        <Data Name="param7">1</Data>
        <Data Name="param8">0</Data>
        <Data Name="param9">\\</Data>
        <Data Name="param10">87</Data>
        <Data Name="param11">The parameter is incorrect.
    LVL 6

    Assisted Solution

    Interesting. I *think* you could try sending the jobs in RAW or other than EMF format.

    Accepted Solution


    You comment lead me to look into advanced printer options. I simply unticked the advanced printing option box and all documents now print fine. Who would have guessed?

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