Printer share works when it is first installed but not after printing a few times.

I have a Hewlett Packard Laserjet HP4000 installed on a Vista PC.  This is shared.  When I install a printer on another Vista PC on the network and connect to that shared printer, I can print from that second PC but only for a short time.  If I delete the printer and reinstall it, I experience the same symptoms.  The printer driver for the HP4000 is obviously rather old and does not work perfectly, for instance you cannot successfully tell it to print multiple copies.  That said, I can't understand why I can initially print but after that, I cannot.

Any ideas?
Thank you
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Mike RoeCommented:
The print spooler on the shared computer is probably stopping. Where the printer is installed make sure you have the newest driver installed and then try this

1-Stop Print Spooler service
2- Go to C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS and delete all files
3-Start Print Spooler service again
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Now ThenNot applicableAuthor Commented:
Restarting the print spooler on the host computer does not work.  If I restart the print spooler on the client PC, it does work.
I have noticed that even though the printer appears to have nothing in its queue, when I am in MS Word and do File > Print, it shows the printer status as 1 Document waiting to print...or words to that effect.
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Mike RoeCommented:
Did you delete the files make sure you have hidden files viewable
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eerwaltersCommented:
There will be 4 basic steps to resolve the issue
    1- Setup the HP 4000 printer on the Vista PC
    2- Install LPD print service on the Windows Vista PC hosting the printer
    3- Install LPR port monitor on the workstation(s) from which you want to print
    4- Setup a Windows printer on the same workstation from step 3, but use LPR printing.


Step 1 - Setup the HP 4000 printer on the Windows Vista workstation  (Sounds like this is already done)


Step 2 - Enable LPD on the Windows Vista PC hosting the HP 4000 printer (This will allow you to have another way to get the jobs into the print queues)
    a- GoTo Start and type appwiz.cpl in the search box and hit Enter
    b- Click on Turn Windows features on and off in the left pane
    c- Click the + sign next to Print Services
    d- Enable the feature for LPD Print Service
    e- Click OK
    f- You may be prompted to Restart


Step 3 - Enable LPR on the other Windows Vista PC
    a- GoTo Start and type appwiz.cpl in the Open: box and hit Enter
    b- Click on Turn Windows features on and off in the left pane
    c- Click the + sign next to Print Services
    d- Enable the feature for LPR Port Monitor
    e- Click OK
    f- You may be prompted to Restart


Step 4 - Setup a printer to use LPR on the other Windows Vista workstation (same PC as step 3):
    a- GoTo Start | Settings | Printers  
         (Assumes that you are using the Classic Start Menu)
    b- Add a Printer
    c- Add a Local Printer
    d- Select Create a new Port
    e- Select LPR Port from the drop down menu
    f- Click Next
    g- In the top field ("Name or address of server providing LPD"), enter the DNS name OR the TCP/IP address of the Windows Vista PC hosting the HP 4000 printer  
    h- In the bottom field ("Name of printer or print queue on that server"), enter the name of the desired Windows printer on the Windows Vista PC
    i- Click OK
    j- Continue onward with a normal Windows printer setup by picking the desired print driver and naming the printer until finished
    k- Open the newly created printer's properties
    l- GoTo the Ports tab
    m- Uncheck Enable Bidirectional support if it's enabled
    n- Click Apply
    o- GoTo the General tab and Click on Print Test Page
    p- Click OK to close
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Now ThenNot applicableAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much.  I will give that a go...but unfortunately I have had to go travelling; I won't be back for a while.  I will reply as soon as I have had chance to give it a try.
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wyliecoyoteukIT directorCommented:
check that your printdriver>printer properties>advanced tab, spool settings are set to "start printing after last page has spooled"
If a printer times out due to slow spooling, it may lock the spooler until the document is released.
Also check that the printer is not set to American "letter" size and the PC set to A4 or vice versa.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Not enough information to confirm an answer.
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Now ThenNot applicableAuthor Commented:
Sorry, owing to my current location, I have been unable to try the solution. I will award points though.
Thank you.
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