Question about Dell 926 All-In-One InkJet Printer
I am having issues with my printer having a communication error with my
computer. Whenever I try to print or scan from the computer, the error
"Communication not Available" comes up on the computer screen.
I have removed & installed the drivers many times, I have reloaded the USB drivers many times an run the DELL patch from their website many times, all with the same result. The drivers I have been using are both from the DELL website and from the original CD, both with the same result. I have also turned off my firewall temporarily, still with no luck.
Last night I spent 4 hours on the phone with DELL, and all they did was exactly what I have already done.
Is it the printer, my computer or is it something on my computer OS that is blocking the printer?
I am running Vista Home Premium on a DELL computer.
Follow these steps in order to resolve the issue:
Stop the Print Spooler Service: 1) Click Start. 2) Type ‘cmd’ in the Start Search box.Search results should appear. 3) Right-click on ‘cmd’ in the search results, and select Run as Administrator.The command window will appear.4) Type ‘net stop spooler’ into the command window and press <ENTER>.The Print Spooler service should now be stopped.
Delete the Printer Drivers: .
1) Click Start.
2) In the Start Search box, type ‘C:WindowsSystem32SpoolDriversw32x86’ and press <ENTER>.
3) Delete all the files and folders in this directory.
NOTE: If the folder will not delete, rename folder to w32x86.old.
Remove the Dell printer software:
1) Click Start.
2) Click Control Panel.
3) Click Programs.
4) Click Programs and Features.
5) Click the software related to the attached Dell printer to highlight it.
6) Click Uninstall/Change.
7) Follow through the prompts in order to remove the software.
8) Restart the computer.
At this point, the user should install the latest printer software from http://support.dell.com and be able to print successfully.
Posted on Dec 24, 2008
Well just try another cable for the connection between the printer & the computer... your can also check print spooler service under the services of the system....
Posted on Jan 26, 2009
Found on another forum. For 926 this worked great.
1. Go to Control Panel - Printers : Delete 926 printer
2. Go to Control Panel - Programs and Features : Uninstall All Dell 926 related software. There should be 3 programs. (When prompted to restart, respond to wait.
3. Rename Folder C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\SPOOL\DRIVERS\W32x86 to W32X86OLD
4. Now restart your computer
5. Reinstall 926 Software.
This worked terrific for me.
Posted on Feb 05, 2009
you can do the following steps:
1.Check if the firewall is blocking any printer services
2.Check what port the printer is using (reenable the bi-directional support) and if it's on online mode
3.Disable all the firewalls
4.Uninstall the printer driver and software, then unplug the usb cable of the printer.
5.Delete any items under the ff keys:
HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers\Version-2
HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers\Version-3
HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet001\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers\Version-2
HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet001\Control\Print\Environments\Windows NT x86\Drivers\Version-3
6.Delete any non default items under the ff keys:
Note: ONLY THE NON DEFAULT ITEMS SHOULD BE DELETED
Default items are as follows:
AppleTalk Printing Devices
BJ Language Monitor
PJL Language Monitor
Standard TCP/IP Port
Windows NT FAx Monitor
7.Delete any items under the ff keys:
8.Completely remove drivers by doing the ff: (Option for comm failure because of the upgrade from xp to vista)
Ensure there are no documents in queue.
Disconnect printer’s USB cable.
Click the Start pearl, then click All programs, Printers, Dell xxx (where “xxx” is the printer model number) and then Uninstall. Complete the uninstall utility.
From the start search box type spool and press .
The spool folder located at c:\windows\system32\spool opens.
Rename c:\windows\system32\spool\drivers\w32X86 to c:\windows\system32\spool\drivers\backup.
Rename c:\windows\system32\spool\prtprocs\W32X86 to c:\windows\system32\spool\prtprocs\backup.
9.Restart the computer.
10.Check th services status
Start-Run- Type Services.msc and Click on Open
You will see long list of services
You need to make sure following 4 Services are set to Automatically start
Remote Procedure Call RPC
Remote Procedure Call RPC Locater
11.Reinstall the latest printer driver
just send me an update if the issue won't be fixed. have a great day.
Posted on Oct 19, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
If the installation screen does not appear:
In Windows 2000, double-click My Computer from your desktop.
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