Tip & How-To about Office Equipment & Supplies

Troubleshooting Printer Spooling Problems

At its most basic definition a printer spooler retrieves the data for a requested print task and performs the required print even if it is not printing multiple print jobs. The simplest explanation, and where you should start, is in the task manager. Under "processes" in the task manager look for a file called spoolso.exe or spoolsv.exe; if these files are not present it simply means that the process has been stopped and needs to be restarted. This can be done by running "net start spooler" command. In the start menu bring click on the "run" option and type the command in the box prompt. Sometimes a faulty printer driver is the cause. This is hard to determine in any sort of certainty, but a simple reinstallation of the drives is simple and easy enough for virtually any user. Uninstall and reinstall your printer driver; if the printer works after the reinstallation you are safe and ready to print. The next step would be to check if old printer drivers are still installed on the computer. These can sometimes conflict with each other allowing an old print driver to be the spooler and not the proper driver for the current printer. Remember to clear the printer's queue before removing the old drivers. A last attempt at solving printer spooler problems is to manually delete the files in the printer driver. These will all be either .shd or .spl file types and are located in the temporary directories of your printer spooler subsystem. Whatever you do, do not delete the spooler subsystem app. This can cause even worse printer problems and in rare cases can cause major printer failures and errors. Should none of these work or solve the problem, it is in your best interest to seek a professional in the matter of solving the problem. Most printer spooler problems can be solved by the user in a few short steps.

Posted by on

Office Equipment & Supplies Logo

Related Topics:

Related Questions:

1 Answer

PRINTER AND COMPUTER WERE WORKING OK. SUDDENLY WHEN I WANT TO PRINT A MESSAGE SAYS:WINDOS CAN'T OPEN . THE LOCAL PRINT SPOOLER SERVICE IS NOT RUNNING.RESART THE SPOOLER OR RESTART THE MACHINE. WHAT'S THE SPOOLER?


Print spooler is a service (part of OS) which basically sorts out the info to be sent to the printer to perform the printing task.

To turn on in XP go to Control Panel/Admin Too;s/Services (in classic view) or Control Panel/Performance & Mainainance/Admin Tools/Services.

Scroll down to Print spooler and double click. In the box that opens start up type should be automatic. You can also start the service from this box.

I preume Vista will be something similar.

Mar 24, 2010 | Acer Office Equipment & Supplies

1 Answer

my epson printer delays while printing job is sent to it.


Apart form changing the Advance Settings from the Printer Properties (i.e. Print directly to the Printer) we can change the Priority of the Print Spooler to make the Printer working fast from the Computer.

The “Priority” of a task is the degree of urgency that the task presents to the Processor- Request from a task with higher Priority are served earlier.
Now the default setting for Print Spooler is to run at Normal Priority. Now if the Customer mostly use his Printer for printing form Computer, we can make the Print Job faster by change the Priority.

Here is the Solution Below:

1. Open up the Registry Editor

2. Navigate to :
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/ System/ CurrentControlSet/ Control/ Print

3. Right Click on the Print folder and create a new DWORD value called “SpoolerPriority” and set it according to what value you want or if it exists, just
set the value.

The value are as follows:
OxFFFFFFFF for IDLE Priority
0 for Normal Priority
1 for High Priority

Sep 13, 2009 | Office Equipment & Supplies

2 Answers

printer


spooling, is where the information being sent to the printer is being checked/converted for the printer driver , prior to being printed

Jan 27, 2009 | Kodak ESP 3 Multifunction Printer/ Copier/...

1 Answer

print spoole


has this been resolved?

Jan 10, 2008 | Dell A920 InkJet Printer

1 Answer

print spooler


HI ,
This is JISHKUMAR, U need to click on dependencies tab.this u will get it when u double click on print spooler.just look which are the services under dependencies..whatever services you will find just go to that services and start them and then start print spooler service. this will 101% solve your problem

Jan 08, 2008 | Dell A920 InkJet Printer

Not finding what you are looking for?

388 people viewed this tip

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Office Equipment & Supplies Experts

kakima

Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers

jasbo
jasbo

Level 3 Expert

2237 Answers

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

76673 Answers

Are you an Office Equipment and Supply Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Loading...