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Windows 7: Printer Problem - or Spooler Problem

06 Jun 2011   #1
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
Printer Problem - or Spooler Problem

I have a user with a Windows 7 Pro SP1 x86 laptop, and an HP Color LaserJet 1600 connected locally by USB. HP doesn't offer drivers for this printer, so we've tried the built-in ones, and the updated ones from Windows Update.

The problem is, regardless of what is printing, the job sits in the queue, with a status of "printing". If I eventually try to delete the job, it takes several restarts before it is actually cleared out. We've swapped USB cables, reinstalled the printer twice, restarted the spooler service....no luck. The printer itself says it is ready. There are no errors, and nothing in the event logs.

Any suggestions...or has anyone come across this issue with this or a similar printer?


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06 Jun 2011   #2
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

My GF's Dads HP LasetJet 4P with a laptop or a desktop running on Win 7 Home Premium x86 acts in the same way. Everything seems to be in order, sometimes will print, sometimes will just sit there like you describe. It's stumped me as there doesn't seem to be any problem.
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06 Jun 2011   #3
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

I had some problems with Win 7 x64 and my HP Photosmart printer. I wound up trying the Vista drivers and they worked alright. There has since been a Win 7 driver made for it, and everything now works except for the scanner. It still scans, but I can't control it from the PC, and it won't write the scanned file to an HD.

Maybe the Vista drivers will work for you DF. I hope so.
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06 Jun 2011   #4
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Are these the drivers you're using?

Microsoft Update Catalog

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06 Jun 2011   #5
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

I had a client with a HP and printer problems very similar to yours. I went to the HP site and they had a spooler fixer program that I ran and it worked fine. For some reason the print spooler gets confused.

give it a shot.

Rich
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06 Jun 2011   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I have an old HP Photosmart 7960 which act the same way at times, usually after a period of non-use. When a print job gets hung, I pull the power plug for a bit and then plug it back and it prints. I have no fix for it, just use pull-plug-reinsert plug method.
Sometimes pulling the USB cable works too.
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06 Jun 2011   #7
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
Are these the drivers you're using?
Yes, those are it. I'll look for the spooler fix program that richnrockville suggested, too.
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06 Jun 2011   #8
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you find it, can you post it up? I'd like to have a go at it. Can't seem to find such a program.
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06 Jun 2011   #9
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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06 Jun 2011   #10
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Thanks. Doesn't seem to even work with the Laserjet 4P in particular. Works and has it on the list, but say it can't even connect to it on the first step. Oh well.
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