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Old 10-23-2014, 12:22 AM
 
Location: Honolulu
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I have a Lexmark inkjet printer that came in a package deal with my old computer (a Compaq). A couple years ago I bought a new Dell computer and hooked up the printer to the Dell and it printed without any problems. Recently I've noticed that I'm having a hard time printing anything from the printer. When I print something nothing happens. I see the print job in the queue but even after waiting an hour it doesn't print. So I end up deleting the jobs. The only way I can get it to print sometimes is to restart the computer and try again. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. I wonder why it's not printing unless I restart. Things used to be okay but recently I noticed this problem. Anybody have any idea? If my printer can't be fixed I need to buy a new one. If I do should I buy a laser or inkjet? I don't print that often, maybe a few pages a month, if that.
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Old 10-23-2014, 03:53 AM
 
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I could be a printer driver problem with the OS. Try removing and reinstalling an updated Printer Driver.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:54 PM
 
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Get a ink jet then that cycles to keep heads clean.It depends on what you print as to type; expense and ink used.
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Old 10-23-2014, 12:57 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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You can get some answers here:
http://support.lexmark.com/index?pag...&userlocale=EN
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Old 10-23-2014, 08:44 PM
 
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Delete the print queue. Windows will create a new one the next time you send a print job.

How to Forcefully Clear the Print Queue in Windows
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Old 10-23-2014, 10:15 PM
 
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Thanks for the links. I will look at them.
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Old 10-26-2014, 07:57 AM
 
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Delete the print queue. Windows will create a new one the next time you send a print job.

How to Forcefully Clear the Print Queue in Windows
^^^ OP is deleting the jobs in queue. That's not the problem. Problem is that printer create print jobs, but is not printing.

OP - did you resolved it?
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Old 10-26-2014, 12:39 PM
 
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^^^ OP is deleting the jobs in queue. That's not the problem. Problem is that printer create print jobs, but is not printing.

OP - did you resolved it?
Exactly. That's why the files that compromise the queue should be deleted. There's a good chance that there is corruption present.
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Old 10-27-2014, 02:13 AM
 
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^^^ OP is deleting the jobs in queue. That's not the problem. Problem is that printer create print jobs, but is not printing.

OP - did you resolved it?
I did print some jobs the past few days without problems but I'm still not sure it will always be like this. I don't print that often but I have a feeling this issue will come up again. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to when it prints or doesn't print, the issue just comes up randomly. I didn't look at your link yet but I will later. You're right in that I have no problem deleting the jobs already in the queue. It's just that the jobs don't print.

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Old 10-27-2014, 04:15 PM
 
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OP, please understand that deleting the files in the queue (those are the ones that you send to be printed), and the print queue (the program files that control sending them to the printer) are two different things.

Deleting the files you send won't necessarily clear up the problem. When I was working I used to see this all the time and deleting the program files (not the files in the queue) almost always fixed a "print job won't print" problem.

Windows will build a new print queue the next time you send a print job.
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