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11 May 2016   #1
spbanzaca

 
When attempting to print, program freezes...

I work supporting a large healthcare company that has employees in the office and that work from home over VPN. Recently, a network printer they used at the office died and needed to be replaced. The printer was an older model HP that was replaced with a newer model HP. This printer is dedicated to several work From Home employees who need to print documents to the office for the purpose of them being mailed.

We have one end user, who at times can print intermittently. The times when it doesn't want to print, her process is as follows, she opens the document, selects print, the printer dialog box opens for selecting the printer she wants and she selects okay and it freezes. This printer is selected as her default printer.

What has been done so far is,
1. We've tried selecting a local default printer.
2. We've removed the driver and the device and reinstalled it.
3. We've repaired/removed/reinstalled Office.
4. We've rebuilt her profile on her computer.
5. Finally we have attempted replacing her computer as well with a fresh windows 7 image.

After each one of these tasks we've done, it works for a few print jobs, but then returns to doing exactly what is was doing before? We've ruled out everything that comes to mind and what I have researched so far. Can anyone tell me of something we might be missing???


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11 May 2016   #2
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

That most certainly sucks, has it been determined if it has to do with there network and not an in-house issue? Have you tried to recreate the issue on say if her computer is on a tethered phone network instead of her home internet?
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11 May 2016   #3
spbanzaca

 

We've checked the VPN and that was ruled out as well. Unfortunately, for them to log onto the network, they have to be on the home internet and logged in via the VPN. Since she is printing to the networked printer at the office, again, she needs to be on VPN. We can't set her up on tethered phone network and allow access to the network.
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11 May 2016   #4
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Ah okay, yeah I get that thought you might be able to put her phone on the VPN temp to test but understand the risks of that. I'm at a loss if you have already re-imaged and vetted the network. What model printer is is it, and if she reboots it still won't do it at all? Does she have the part installed that shows toner left, we have had issue with that breaking office in the past for some reason.
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11 May 2016   #5
spbanzaca

 

Since the printer drivers are installed on the print server, we don't install all the other programs that go with the printer. We just install the driver that makes the printer run. She is one of a handful of people who are using this printer from their homes and she is the only one who is having this problem.

The printer is an HP Laser Jet M604
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11 May 2016   #6
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

On the basic driver is it set to spool or just go direct to the printer(so server)?
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11 May 2016   #7
spbanzaca

 

Normally set to spool. We tried both setting and achieved same sad results.
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11 May 2016   #8
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

This is a tool to figure out issues with office but I don't know if it can pick up this issue. Worth a shot though.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2939112

I also take it the first answer in this thread is not viable on the basic driver either, as it seems to be a common issue.
https://social.technet.microsoft.com...icesetupdeploy
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11 May 2016   #9
spbanzaca

 

Thanks for useful links. At this point we're trying anything and everything. The poor user has been informed if it can't be fixed she is going to have to return to the office to work instead of working from home as her performance is being affected.
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