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Author Topic: IDEA: Stalled Printer  (Read 5332 times)

tosim

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IDEA: Stalled Printer
« on: November 01, 2011, 09:21:21 AM »
When printer seems to "lock-up", it doesn't let you cancel all(or any) documents, would like an app or batch file to clear it quickly. (The batch file presently available at: http://lifehacker.co...ithout-waiting-years  is not working.) Thank you so much.

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Re: IDEA: Stalled Printer
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2011, 12:09:45 PM »
I wish I had time to grab this one but I don't. However it sounds (I am guesing here) like the script is running into a permissions issue ... in which case an app version wouldn't really help. Can you give a bit more detail on when, which part of what (and on which OS) is "not working"?

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Re: IDEA: Stalled Printer
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2011, 03:28:07 PM »
Thanks for the quick reply Am using XP Pro/SP3, 2GB RAM. This happens at times using various apps, and various printers. It occurs when I click on "Print" or on File/Print. BTW- It occurs on both, laser printer and inkjet printer. I do know the registry work around(to delete the spooled docs), but would like a quicker solution. Again, thank you.

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Re: IDEA: Stalled Printer
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2011, 03:53:02 PM »
Um... Actually, I was aiming more at this:

The batch file presently available at: http://lifehacker.co...ithout-waiting-years  is not working.

I'm wondering what part of the script isn't working? Is it taking to long, failing, or is it a just convenience issue sort of not working? I'm already familiar with the how they get stuck part. :)

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Re: IDEA: Stalled Printer
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2011, 05:51:49 PM »
Actually, none of the script seems to work. Thank you again for your interest.

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Re: IDEA: Stalled Printer
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2011, 06:49:39 PM »
Actually, none of the script seems to work. Thank you again for your interest.

try this neat program  it may save you time.

http://www.fantastic...m/?s=stalled+printer   :Thmbsup:
Often the most convincing people are those who have lost the plot so much they don't recognize the difference between fact and fantasy

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Re: IDEA: Stalled Printer
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2011, 07:45:55 PM »
Actually, none of the script seems to work. Thank you again for your interest.

try this neat program  it may save you time.

http://www.fantastic...m/?s=stalled+printer   :Thmbsup:

That looks like a neat utility. I grabbed it just in case. :)

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Re: IDEA: Stalled Printer
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2011, 08:47:39 AM »
Thank y'all for the assistance. I've downloaded the app from nogojoe, and bookmarked the page for the app from PhilB66.
Again, I thank all of you who responded.

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Re: IDEA: Stalled Printer
« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2011, 01:57:37 PM »
Thank y'all for the assistance. I've downloaded the app from nogojoe

Did that app solve your issue?  If so, I'll mark this thread as solved.

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Re: IDEA: Stalled Printer
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2011, 08:39:58 PM »
I don't know if it will solve the problem-when next it happens. I cleared the problem by going into registry. BTW-I've tried that app sent by nogojoe in the past, and it did NOT work. Here's hoping it was updated, and will work when needed.

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Re: IDEA: Stalled Printer
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2011, 10:34:56 AM »
I don't know if it will solve the problem-when next it happens. I cleared the problem by going into registry. BTW-I've tried that app sent by nogojoe in the past, and it did NOT work. Here's hoping it was updated, and will work when needed.

(For the sake of clarity) I'm the network administrator for a company that specializes in printers, print management, networking, etc.. So I have (a bit) more than just a passing interst in topics such as this.

The registry fixes I've seen for this type of issue generally deal with clean up/removal of unused print drivers and/or (the much more problematic) driver fragments that get left for the spooler to load (and trip over). If that was the route you took it's quite likely it did actually resolve the issue. It's something we have to do frequently on the service tech machines when they get past the tipping point of drivers that have been installed for testing customer printers.

So if you did take the above route, and it resolved the issue, that's a good thing ... But the initial app requested still could be worth investigating/doing for the odd times when something (web pages, large .PDFs, etc.) gets dropped into the spool sideways and gums-up-the-works.

Just a thought,

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Re: IDEA: Stalled Printer
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2011, 05:31:04 PM »
Thanks for your input. I just downloaded the apps linked to by PhilB66. When next the printer stalls I will try them out and report back here as to whether they worked for me. Again, I thank all for the assistance.

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Re: IDEA: Stalled Printer
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2012, 08:41:49 PM »
Try this. Works great on my Win7 64-bit system.

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Re: IDEA: Stalled Printer
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2012, 09:18:54 AM »
Hey kyrathaba-I will try it, when next I get the problem, thanks.