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Printer name - port connection

Print data cannot be sent because of the...

 
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Windows is unable to communicate with the printer, or the printer is taking an unusually long time to complete an operation.

 
 
   
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  Printer name - port connection  

 
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  Print data cannot be sent because of the current printer status.

Check that the printer is connected and the power is on.
If an error has occurred in the printer, clear the error.

Even when the printer is operating correctly, this message may appear if the printer is taking a long time to perform an operation. If this message does not disappear after some time, stop printing, and then print again. 

 
Typical location
  C:\WINDOWS\system32\

 
Issued By
  rundll32.exe

 
OS
  Windows XP

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  Microsoft Corporation    
 
   
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Fix Printer Communications
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Confirm the Printer is powered on, shows no errors, and is correctly connected between the printer and the computer using one of these methods (depending on your printer's design):

  • USB cable
  • Ethernet cable
  • WiFi Wireless*
  • Firewire cable (rare)
  • Parallel printer cable (for very old printers, obsolete today)

* WiFi connections will go to a wireless router, which connects to your PC. The printer, router and PC must all be configured correctly for WiFi to work. If the distance between the WiFi printer and router is too far, a WiFi connection may not be possible. In some cases there may be interference that prevents a viable connection.

 
   
 
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  FaultWire Staff
Posted: 25-Apr-2011
 
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Last update: 03-May-2011 3:59 pm