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can't print in windows 7

Posted on 2011-09-22
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I have a windows 7 PC that sometimes will not print.  It sometimes works fine.
All my other PC's so far work fine.  I have a windows server 2003 R2 SP2 print server.
In sending a test print job to the printer, I can see that it never makes it to the print server queue.  I've repeatedly restarted the print spooler on the local PC, but still nothing.
Usually, after a reboot, it most of the time works, or even after a reboot, after a few minutes, it just won't print.  The print jobs just sit in the local PC print queue.

Any idea's on how to fix this, that would be great.
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I would remove ALL printers and their corresponding drivers.... I use this process to resolve the majority of Printer related problems.
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Remove all physical printers.

Once the printer(s) is deleted, go to start>, and type CMD (Right Click, and "Run As Administrator"

net stop spooler
net start spooler

Click Start, and type "Print Management">Print Servers>Local>Drivers>Rt Click a driver and select "Remove Driver Package", and remove them all.....

Note: If this is Anything lower than Windows 7 Professional, use the below command instead of Print Management, as it is not included in lower versions.....

Hit Winkey+R, and paste the following.....

printui /s /t2

It will bring up the classic Drivers tab, familiar with XP. You can remove Drivers from there, after the printers are gone....

Then try and reinstall the network/local printers....
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What is the model of the printer you are trying to print to?
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It's a HP 4050 laserjet

I'll try Jonh's advise as soon as I get chance in an hour or so.
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I'll try that, but it can work fine at one moment, but then 10 minutes later not work, so it's not that it's not working all the time, it's on/off, so that's why its so hard to figure out what's causing it.

SHould I still try removing all the printers and following your steps?
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I would.....
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Close all apps ...run this fixit

http://support.microsoft.com/mats/printing_problems/


Reboot and check.




Ded9
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Check if you are recovering from a power state (standby / hibernate) & then this problem shows. I have seen such problems specifically after a resume from hibernation.

Next, in your printer driver, make sure to select "Print directly to printer" under the Advanced tab of printer properties. This should nullify the use of print spooler service, just in case it is causing problems.

However, I would proceed with the first comment of john. That generally cures all such problems.

Ravi.
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Just the usual fix. Under device manager, check for any power saving options that may be enabled for your NIC. If yes, then disable them.

Type devmgmt.msc in the Run Dialog Box & hit ok to bring up the Windows Device manager.

Expand Network Adapters, select your NIC, properties (by right click) Power Management (last tab).

Ravi.

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Thanks guys, the user is not experiencing any issues anymore, so I will just leave it as is.  If they do surface again, then I will follow the above advice.
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