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Cannot add a printer - 'Operation could not be completed,'

Sep 21, 2006 5:46AM PDT

Hi, recently, my printer seems to have disconnected itself from the computer. Upto now, everything was fine, but when I went to print something, nothing would happen when I clicked the 'print' button.

However, after I tried printing from notepad, it still comes up with 'Operation could not be completed.'

I reinstalled all my printer programs, (I HAVE A CANON MP130) but still no results.

You are my last hope! And I need to print...

Thanks.

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Is it Canon PIXMA MP130?
Sep 21, 2006 9:01AM PDT
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Try this now.
Sep 21, 2006 12:02PM PDT

Windows runs a service called print spooling.

The spooled jobs live in a directory and I'm curious if your printer spooler is simply failing to "listen" to the request or if the place where your spooled jobs go is hung up on the last print job.

If you click on the Start Menu and type in services.msc and click the ok button you'll see a list of your windows services.

The list is typically in Alphabetical order so just scroll down the list and look for one called "Print Spooler"

Now you can click on Actioin in the Drop down menu at the top of the page and stop the service.

Wait a few seconds and then start the service backup up and try to print again.

If that doesn't work then stop the service again click on your My Computer Icon.

Now make your way to your C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc directory.

Delete everything you find in this directory.

Reboot your PC.

Go back to your print spooler service and make sure it's running again.

Now try to reprint.

If that doesn't do the trick we may have to look at something else.

Post back what worked or didn't work.

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:(
Sep 22, 2006 6:25AM PDT

Yes, my printer is a MP130.

And no, the print spooler didn't work. And there doesn't seem to be a system32, just system...

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:/
Sep 22, 2006 7:29AM PDT

It also says, when I replug the printer in, RPC server needed...

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Good!
Sep 25, 2006 2:10PM PDT

RPC is another service that scared some people a while back but it's actually a needed dependent service for printing.

Go back and look at that list of services and you'll find one called Remote Procedure Call and Remote Procedure Call Locator.

Make sure that the RPC service is running or started and set to automatic and the that the Locater service is not disabled. Manual is how mine is set.

Then try the printer again.

We'll pick up from there.

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Damn.
Sep 26, 2006 10:37PM PDT

It seems my computer has a virus. I am currently on a computer at a local internet cafe.

I got a computer expert to try and fix my computer (after I did the RPC thing) but he couldn't do it.

I tried to format Windows XP, but before the reinstallation of Windows XP could start, an error on a blue screen would come up saying there is a problem etc.

And then, when I restart the computer, the keyboard turns off so I can't press F8 when the boot asks me whether I want to go to F8. So the clock counts down and the Windows setup starts (as I cant't press anything else to stop it or go to another option).

Grrr.

Thanks for all the help so far.

ps, could it be a virus?

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It can be anything....
Sep 26, 2006 11:10PM PDT

...including a broken printer. Try installiong it on another computer and see if it works. ( A computer can be installed with more than one printer. When printing, just choose which printer to print.)

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about the operation can not be completed
Aug 26, 2009 3:29PM PDT

hey that advice workd. i thought i was at a lost, but nope. i fixed it thanks to you ! yes. finally, i took thirty minutes to find this advice.. the printer spooling worked or whatever. now im drinking a beer. yes.

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How I restored my Win XP printer function
Jun 30, 2010 12:23AM PDT

First, thanks to all who posted this thread--You saved me the trouble of reinstalling Win XP! My problem and solution was slightly different, so I'm posting what I did, here:

1) services.msc

As described above, I clicked [Start], then [run], then entered services.msc in the command line window.
Print Spooler was turned off. When I tried to restart it, I got
'error 1068 - The dependency service or group failed.'
Browsing through the properties of print spooler revealed that the spooler depends on the LexBCE service.

2) LexBCE service

LexBCE service was also in the 'services' list.
When I tried to start it, I got
'Error 2 - The system cannot find the file specified'
Browsing dependencies showed me that LexBCE (whatever that is!) was looking for a tiny program, 'c:\WINDOWS\System32\LEXBCES.EXE'

3) Finding LEXBCES.EXE
I used Windows explorer to search out LEXBCES.EXE, but no luck. It simply wasn't there.

4) Restoring LEXBCES.EXE the kludge way

I went to another computer, and found LEXBCES.EXE; Downloaded it to a flash drive, and inserted it into the C:\WINDOWS\System32\ directory.
When it didn't work immediately, I restarted the computer--
Voila! My entire list of printers reappeared, and it all seems to work again.

Thanks again, everyone!

My System:
Hardware: Toshiba Tecra A7 laptop, 0.5 GB RAM + 80 GB HDD,
Software: Win XP Pro, dual booting with Ubuntu Linux 9.10

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HP laserjet 1100A problem resolved
Jun 28, 2012 6:07PM PDT

I would like thank you all for such a gr8 help and another thing i wanna tell you that if print spool services are not letting you to start it then right click on print spool and then click properties & you will find startup type just select automatic then apply it after this you can start print spool service............... again thanks for this help such a gr8 forum.........

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Could not add printer
Nov 17, 2013 12:36AM PST

If you click on the Start Menu and type in services.msc and click the ok button you'll see a list of your windows services.

The list is typically in Alphabetical order so just scroll down the list and look for one called "Print Spooler"

Now you can click on Actioin in the Drop down menu at the top of the page and stop the service.

Wait a few seconds and then start the service backup up and try to print again.

IT WORKS!! Thank you.

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