A Default Printer That Is Not Available May Cause a Delay in Programs


If your printer is a partial print provider, such as an Internet Print Protocol (IPP) printer, and if the printer is not available, delays may occur when you try to open the printer. You may experience this problem as a delay in programs that call the OpenPrinter function. The delay may last from 30 seconds to 5 minutes, depending on how the program is designed and how frequently the program calls the function.


The spooler does not maintain a persistent cache of the printer status for partial print providers.


Service Pack Information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack

Hotfix Information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.
The English version of this fix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.

Date Time Version Size File name
16-Aug-2002 11:42 5.0.2195.6020 66,832 Inetpp.dll
16-Aug-2002 11:42 5.0.2195.6020 250,640 Localspl.dll


To work around this problem, create a default printer that uses Universal Naming Convention (UNC) connections. The default printer can be any generic printer, and can print to a file if no port is available.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4.

More Information

For additional information about how to obtain a hotfix for Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

265173 The Datacenter Program and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server Product

ID articol: 318954 - Ultima examinare: 14 iun. 2008 - Revizie: 1