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AS400 Spool files stuck in outq in send mode

Several times a night, a spool file gets stuck in send mode and either stops printing in the middle of the spool file or just never starts printing. The only way to get the spool file to print again is to turn the printer off and back on. Any suggestions?

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  • abmorozov Oct 18, 2008

    Zebra QL420+ behaves the same way - stuck in send sporadically.

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I have WiFi Zebra QL420. In my case a simple header label prints fine then the complex label (many fields, barcode, lines & boxes) gets stuck. Labels are in separate spol files. We have many other labels printing fine, just this one ALWAYS gets stuck.
If I send same data from PC to printer it works fine.
I can see with ethernet sniffer that header label data goes but complex label doesn't even leave the iSeries. My sniffer is too crude to tell me what LPR level protocol is saying.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010

  • KenKoehler Nov 17, 2010

    We figured out our problem! The P1 printer file was not defined large enough (# lines). When we created the file this way it worked fine:
    CRTPRTF FILE(MM740ITL/LBL500P1)
    TEXT('Label Printer File')
    PAGESIZE(200 200) OVRFLW(200) RPLUNPRT(*NO)
    In your case is it possible some labels have more detail lines than others, therefore accounting for why your problem was intermittent and mine consistent?

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Method 1
a. Go to Start / Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Services
b. Select "Print Spooler".

c. While Print spooler is stopped, start it by double-clicking on "Print Spooler" and then click the "Start" button.

d. Verify that the "startup type" is set to "automatic".

Method 2
Create a new txt file
Type in exactly as the following text:

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net start spooler


Rename txt file killspool.bat

save on desk top
Double click off of desktop file to run

Next time printer hangs you can use this file again

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Right-click this entry, then select "stop". This will stop the computer running the process that holds
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Have you tried to stop the spooler service in services?
Option 1)
Click on start orb
Type in search window:
services.msc
click ok
Scroll down to Print spooler service and click on it in the right side
window.
On the left side click stop the service and wait forthe process to
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next delete the print job in the printer queue
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Resubmit your new print job.

Option 2)
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Your print job will show 2 files there Example below:
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Delete the files located in there. There may be several of them
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Whats the brand and make of the printer and are there any error lights being displayed ?

also try this solution it may solve your problem:

Click start > click run

in the Run window type cmd

hit enter

now a black DOS window will appear

now type

net stop spooler

wait 10 seconds

now type

net start spooler

it should look like this :

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\NCR>net spool stop
The syntax of this command is:


NET [ ACCOUNTS | COMPUTER | CONFIG | CONTINUE | FILE | GROUP | HELP |
HELPMSG | LOCALGROUP | NAME | PAUSE | PRINT | SEND | SESSION |
SHARE | START | STATISTICS | STOP | TIME | USE | USER | VIEW ]


C:\Documents and Settings\NCR>print spool stop
Can't find file spool
Can't find file stop

C:\Documents and Settings\NCR>net print spool stop
The syntax of this command is:


NET PRINT
\\computername\sharename
[\\computername] job# [/HOLD | /RELEASE | /DELETE]



C:\Documents and Settings\NCR>net stop spooler

The Print Spooler service was stopped successfully.


C:\Documents and Settings\NCR>net start spooler
The Print Spooler service is starting.
The Print Spooler service was started successfully.


Anymore information would be great

Thanks

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