Common Printer Problems and Fixes - Courtesy of Doc's Computer Services

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Printer problems usually occur because of problems in the Print Spooler services, driver conflicts or incompatibilities, registry errors, or malware infections. In this article, we are going to have a look at the methods that you can use to repair common printer errors and problems.

Common Printer Errors

The Spoolsv.exe application error given below occurs due to an abundance of printer spooler files .SHD and .SPD in the printer’s spool folder.

“Spoolsv.exe - Application Error
The instruction at "0x77fcc2c0" referenced memory at "0x00000000".
The memory could not be written.”

To resolve this error, you will have to clean up the spooler folder by deleting these files. You can do this by performing the following steps:

  1. Open the Start menu, select Run, type Services.msc and select OK.
  2. In the Services management console window, right-click on the Print Spooler services and select Stop.
  3. Next, open Windows Explorer and browse to the printer spool folder, C:\Windows\System32\Spool\Printers.
  4. Delete all files in this folder and close it.
  5. Next, open the temp folder in Windows Explorer and delete all unnecessary files.
  6. Finally, re-open the Services management console window and restart the Print Spooler service.

You receive the following Hpzr3207.dll error message while installing drivers for an HP all-in-one printer.

"Could Not Find the File Hpzr3207.dll on the HP CD".

The error usually occurs when there is a mismatch between the language of your driver and the regional settings of your Windows operating system.

To resolve this error, you can either change the regional settings of your printer to match the language of the driver or download the driver in the language that is set for your PC.

To change the regional settings of your Windows XP system, open Control Panel, and select Regional and Language Options option. Here, change your regional and language settings to match the language of your driver and then try to install the driver again.

If this does not work, open the HP website for your country/region, browse to the driver page of your HP all-in-one printer, and download the driver in the language that is configured on your system. Now, install this driver to remove any language mismatches with your system and thereby fix the error.

Registry Problems

Registry problems are one of the major causes of many system errors, including printer errors, driver errors, and DLL errors. Registry errors are usually caused by an accumulation of a large number of incorrect and obsolete data in the registry. This accumulated junk in the registry causes the registry to grow dramatically. A large, bloated registry easily gets damaged and fragmented and starts generating errors on your system.

Therefore, to perform printer driver fixes and to prevent errors related to them, you need to maintain an error-free registry. To do this, you need to regularly scan the registry for unwanted and erroneous information and get rid of it. You can easily perform registry maintenance using registry scanner tools that include user-friendly features to enable users to easily detect and fix registry errors.

Malware Problems

Malware programs also cause many system problems by copying malicious files and registry entries to your system and infecting your applications with malicious codes. To prevent problems caused by malware programs, you must regularly scan your system with antivirus and antispyware tools and remove all malicious files detected on the system.