Printer Spooler Problems
A printer spool is used by a computer to create queue of printing jobs. This is useful especially when there are several users of one printer. Each time a print job is spooled, a temporary file is created to ensure that the print job is completed. Once the job is completed, the file is deleted from the computer and the process is repeated when there is another print job in queue. A printer spool is useful as it retains the files in queue in its memory even if the computer crashes. Once the printer is restarted, it will simply continue where it left off.
- Printer stops printing while the spool continues to queue print jobs
- Taking up Space
- Computer Screen Freezing
Printer stops printing while the spool continues to queue print jobs
In some cases, the communication between the computer and the printer are disrupted. This happens when the printer driver malfunctions. If this happens, the computer continues to queue jobs into the printer despite the fact that the printer is experiencing problems. Restarting the printer often solves this problem, as it continues that last project it was printing before it is turned off. If this printer problem persists, then it is highly suggested that the printer driver should be reinstalled into the operating system.
Taking up Space
Another way printer spooler problems affect the computer is by taking up space. Whenever the computer experiences printer spooler problems, the spooler files become corrupted. If not dealt with properly, these corrupted files take up valuable space on the computer, thus slowing down the whole system. To avoid spooling problems, you can opt to print directly to a printer by turning off the printer spooling feature.
Another common issue that results from printer spooler problems is computer screen freezing. Often a computer screen freezes when you perform too many activities on your computer that there is no more space left for the computer to process all these functions. As a result, the computer screen freezes and there is no other way to resolve this issue but to restart the whole system. When a system is forcibly restarted, unsaved documents and files are corrupted. In some cases, some programs have auto-recovery functions that help you to save time.
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