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Printer prints top two inches of the page, then quits

On several types of files (word documents, web page printouts, PDF files) the printer prints the first couple of inches of the page, then quits and spits out the page, otherwise blank.

This doesn't happen when I press the test button, or when I print out an email. I get the full page in those cases.

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  • miaoling Oct 08, 2008

    Hi everyone,

    I just bought a new HP Deskjet 6940, and it seems broken from the very start. I have installed the driver-only version on My system is Win XP Pro. Here's a list of problems:

    - It prints only the first part of the first page, then spits it out. Most of the time it only prints the first inch or so, but at times it goes farther.

    - It prints a test pattern (lines and squares etc.) after every job.

    - The test pattern comes out differently every time, but generally the top and bottom parts are missing, judged from the most complete (but still not complete) printouts.

    - The Windows test page (that says Congratulations yadda yadda yadda) is frequently cut off. I have no idea what it will look like complete, but sometimes the list of driver files is only 3 items, and sometimes it goes all the way to the bottom.

    I have tried pdf, doc and htm files. The files are not too big. I've closed other program. I've removed and reinstalled the driver. I've restarted the system over and over. I've checked the Services as Ellin suggested. No luck. I'm very desperate to be frank; this is my first printer and you can imagine the excitement. I'll appreciate any help. Thanks a mil!

  • thebutlerdid Oct 18, 2008

    I originated this thread, with the problem stated at the top. Further detail follows..

    I've followed the instructions and still have the difficulty.. with some print jobs, not all, the first two inches of the first page will print out, then the rest of the first page will be blank.. then second and third and fourth pages of the print job will print out normally.

    I have discovered that if I add a blank page to the front end of a print job, such as a blank first page in a Word document, I can work around the problem.


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Hi there,

Thanks for your posting in FixYa.

It is the spooler error getting in your Case.

Try this to kill the dependancy services that are not starting:

Remove all Print Spooler service dependencies other than the Remote Procedure Call service.

1 Click Start, Run and enter sc config spooler depend= RPCSS (there must be a space after "=" but not before it.)

2. By removing the other dependencies the Print Spooler service should be able to run, but the printer functionality may be affected, and it may be necessary to reinstall the printer drivers.

3. Don't forget to go back to services.msc \ right-click Print Spooler, and then click Properties.
Make sure that the startup type is set to Automatic. If it is not, click Automatic in the Startup type list, and then click Apply.

4. Under Service status, click Start.

5. Click OK to close the Print Spooler Properties dialog box

Otherwise go for reinstall the printer and its driver.


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    Puneet Jain Oct 18, 2008

    Reply please if the soluton work for you.

    Give your rating to the solution either Helful or Fixya.

    If you dont fix the problem yet by the solution given then I would suggest you more options, let me know for it.

    Since your voting is precious to me in providing the help for others.

    Have a Nice day.



  • Puneet Jain
    Puneet Jain Oct 18, 2008

    Please try this now:


    Start --> Run --> Type in --> msconfig --> go to Start up Tab --> uncheck printer entries  -- > Reboot  PC.

    Then check for it. Let me know if I can assist you further.



  • Puneet Jain
    Puneet Jain Oct 19, 2008

    Since when the problem arised if you remember, let me know. (any malfunction by removal or installing programs)

    Also check out the Printer setting on table (may be not kept horizontal aligned)

    Try to clean the rollers and cartridge Rack, then clean out the nozzle of cartritdge and contact strip. then reinstall them firmly..

    Let me know the further status so I can assist you.

    Have a Nice Day.



Hi Ellin, I'm sorry I didn't update the state of the problem. My printer started working normally after one night. I'm not sure what did it; it just fixed itself it seemed. I think it had to do with the driver. I first installed the barebone driver and it screwed up, then I installed the driver with all the bells and whistles (maintenance, photo editing software etc.) and then it works. Thanks a lot for all the help. I'll give you a good vote anyway. Have a great day!

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