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spoolsv.exe peaking CPU

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by pianoman121, Jan 9, 2003.

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  1. pianoman121

    pianoman121 Thread Starter

    Jan 9, 2003
    spool service is peaking the CPU every time I print causing the printer to pause during printing and resulting in very slow printouts. It will drop (CPU usage) every few seconds and allow the printer to continue then jump back up to 100%. I've tried printing directly to the printer, parallel, USB, different printer, reinstalling the printer, moving the spool folder, kicking it. nothing.
    I am running an Epson photo 820 (USB), with WinXP, 700 CPU, 350MB ram, 18 Gig HD (15 avail.)
    I've updated SP1, no change.
    I'm using mainly graphics software (Gerber Omega, Corel Draw) but even simple vectored art prints slow.
    I also have a thermal printer hooked up to LPT1 - tried disabling it, no change.
  2. $teve


    Oct 9, 2001
    Spoolsv.exe = CPU hogPossible Cause:
    could be:
    Print job still in que
    Suggested Fix:
    Cancel print job
    Step by Step:
    1. Go to Settings>Control Panel>Printers
    2. Locate pending print que under the documents column.
    3. Double click on printer to pull up spool que.
    4. Right click on first job and select cancel.
    This should cancel the hung print job and free up the CPU.
    Typically this is the result of an incompatibility between the print job source and the printer driver. If you record the source of the job and the desired printer, you may be able to find out from the driver distributer where the conflict is originating-- it might be as simple as a font!!

    hood luck;)
  3. pianoman121

    pianoman121 Thread Starter

    Jan 9, 2003
    there's no pending jobs in the queue. It happens with every print job.
  4. cj_white


    Oct 28, 2001
    spooler service may be corrupt. find the spoolss.exe and he spoolss.dll. back them up and then delete the original. before you do this make sure you have the backups in the I386 dir. they should look like this. spoolss.ex_ & spoolss.dl_. if you have those then delete the original and copy and rename the ones fromthe I386 dir.
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