Win XP add printer error 3 cannot find path

Epson / R200
January 20, 2010 at 08:13:46
Specs: Windows XP
lost printer in control panel, when tried to add printer message comes up "error 3 cannot find path" had a look in printer spooler and is stopped tried to restart and will not, this may have happened after virus scan Thanks

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#1
January 20, 2010 at 11:53:41
... might be worth trying "System Restore"


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#2
January 20, 2010 at 14:41:37
Apparently the Epson R200 is connected via USB. The USB port you have it plugged into must be able to support it.

USB devices may not work correctly when they're connected to certain USB ports e.g. ports in a hub or on the front of a desktop case. If you have a desktop computer, you may have an IRQ sharing problem you need to fix, or your power supply may be starting to fail.
See response 3 in this:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Also - if you are using a USB extension cable, some of them have inadequate wiring and will not work properly with some USB devices.



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#3
January 21, 2010 at 05:09:45
Thanks Mavis007 for the help.
tried to do system restore , restores and reboots with message "unable to restore try a differant date.

Thanks Tubesandwires for the help.
used the to "cleaner"and ran it, when i go to add printer message reads now "print spooler stopped"tried restarting spooler but will not start.


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#4
January 21, 2010 at 06:53:17
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324757

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#5
January 21, 2010 at 07:59:47
Are you sure the printer is powered and switched on?
Is the printer exibiting any signs that it's in an error state?
E.g. are you sure the cartridges have enough ink? See the manual for the printer if you suspect that.

"...this may have happened after virus scan..."

A virus scan, or other anti-malware scan, would not cause your problem, unless you signified to it for it to remove the things it found, or it did that automatically because of settings in it - did it remove stuff ?
Removing some things could not cause your problem - e.g. cookies.
Some anti-malware software programs , e.g. Spybot, are well known to sometimes make mistakes and remove things they shouldn't remove. What software did you use?

Were you having problems before you ran the scan you thought might be cured by running the scan? If so, what were your symptoms.

If there is an icon that looks like a printer in your task bar, open it up and delete any print jobs pending.

I'm assuming the printer is a local printer - connected to the subject computer directly.

If it's connected to the subject computer directly, you may need to
- delete the printer in Control Panel - Printers and Faxes if it's listed
- un-install any software listed for the printer in Add/Remove Programs
- unplug the USB connection to the printer
- reboot
- install the proper software installtion for the printer, during which you will probably be asked to plug in the printer's USB connection - do NOT plug in the USB connection to it before that - make sure it's plugged into a USB port it should work with according to my info above - the printer must be powered and switched on in order for it to be detected properly .

If it's a network printer, connected to another computer in your local network, that's a different scenario.


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