I have tried every advice that I found on this and other sites to get a printer for a friend on line. It printed 1 test page and not everything is caught in spool. I can not cancel them or delete them as they stay in the spool and nothing will go to the printer. I uninstalled everything, unplugged everything and started from the beginning and still nothing will print. He has Windows Vista (that I do not like workign with) with Lexmark X4270 All In One Printer. Really need help, he is disabled and really needs to be able to use his complete system.
Been working on my computer for two hours on this problem!
i could not cancel what was in the spool
If you are on Vista Home Premium, go through the following steps to clear "deleted" print jobs from the print queue.
1) Go to Control Panel
2) Select System and Maintenance
3) Select Administrative Tools
4) Double-click on Services
5) In the list of services, scroll down until you find one called "Print Spooler"
6) Right-click on "Print Spooler" and select "Restart"
7) The "deleted" jobs will disappear and any queued jobs in your print queue will print
Hope this helps. I figured it out on my own without any assistance from the paid professionals
What I did was (and it works for me all the time) that I press (ctrl +alt+del) and choose task manager from the list of options. Then, on the task manager, if you go to "Processes" tab Instead of "applications" tab then you can see which tools/utilities are running. You can then safely click upon any of those processes e.g. anything with a "lex..." name is going to be a lexmark printer driver application. So get rid of them all in the processes. And then once all of these "printer related appz" have been stopped, you can then go onto "C:\Windows\System32\Spool\PRINTERS\" and delete all of the files from that folder. It should now let you delete all of the files. =]
One final thing (tho it wud usually do it by itself) is that refresh the printer which is right click, then >> "refresh". And it should show the "0" symbol on the bottom right icon of the printer. [meaning there are no print jobs queued at the moment] I hope that helps other people that are stuck like I once was and found out how to fix the problem. -pleasure, Dazz
I booted up in safe mode and deleted all the files under the [c:]\windows\system32\spool\printers\ folder. That deleted all print jobs in the spool. Then I booted normally uninstalled the printer. The spool problem is solved, but its unlikely this printer will ever work properly in vista.
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Print jobs are kept in a print spool on your computer. Turning off your printer only clears the printer. To clear the print spool on a Windows type computer, look for the printer icon on the task bar, lower right hand corner of the monitor. Double click on the small icon will open the list of pending print jobs. Select the one you wish to delete, then cancel the print job.
Printer of all types connet to a computer and make use of a spooling service on the computer. You may need to go into the Printers and Faxes section of the computer from the Start button and open up the printer you are using and right click on all the documents that are listed there and click on cancel. There is a relationship between printer and computer with handshaking so you need to cancel and let the printer be connected to cancel the jobs. Pull out the paper tray might be a way to have it stop printing while to cancel the jobs. The cancel or clear on the printer only affect the jobs held in the memory on the printer and then as soon as that is clear the next job from the spool comes in. Clear printer spooling and then the printer should stop.
In windows Xp or 7,open command prompt,
type the following
@net start spooler @echo off @net stop spooler @cd\ @rmdir /s /Q "%SystemRoot%\System32\spool\PRINTERS" @cd %SystemRoot%\System32\spool @md PRINTERS @net start spooler @echo off @net stop spooler @net start spooler
Click Control Panel
Click Classic View
Double-click the active printer to open the "job-queue" window
Select the file to be cancelled
Right-mouse click on the selected file, and choose cancel.
I think what happens with these printers is Spyware and virus scanners etc... on our own machines remove the odd file..
Try putting the CD in the carriage when you are about to print something. Make sure it does not get stuck on the auto start page. Cancel and leave in carriage. Have found the odd time if the PC is looking for a file it will grab it off of the CD!
My Printer properties - Ports. Have configured mine for two ports Virtual USB and the dot4.... USB. I have enabled bi-directional printing and printer spooling. Enable printer spooling. Ensure start printing immediately is selected. Not sure if this will work but give it a go. Then Printer properties - Advanced - Always available - Spool print docs. so program finishes printing faster - Start printing immediately - Print spooled documents first - Enable advanced printing features.