These days it is easy to outsource your work as well as work-related problems. This can be easily accomplished by a phone call or a few mouse clicks. However, outsourcing a job which you can do yourself costs you money and makes you dependent on others. Moreover, you remain largely ignorant about the cause of the problem and its solution. Therefore, you must weigh the costs and benefits of outsourcing before you go ahead and delegate your problem to someone else.
When it comes to computers and their peripheral devices like printers, many of us do not have the slightest idea about these systems function. So, we assume that it must be difficult to resolve problems and find it less painful to seek assistance from computer professionals. Nothing could be further from the truth. A majority of printer problems can be solved with the help of adequate information and a few reliable tools. This article introduces you to reasons behind a host of printer problems and then guides you on how to put an end to them.
A large number of printer problems are caused by computer application errors like DLL errors. DLL or Dynamic Link Library Files are an integral part of your Windows operating system and are integral for the smooth running of several applications including your printer. Some common DLL files are hcwutl32.dll, hpzimc09.dll, and picsdk.dll. Some of the common causes of printer-related DLL errors are:
- If an outdated printer driver is installed on your computer.
- A newly installed application is interfering with the functioning of printer-related DLL files. One such error is the hpslpsvc32.dll file error which causes unusually high CPU usage when there is a problem in Hewlett Packard All-In-One printer‚Äôs driver. In case of DeskJet printers, this may cause an error in the file named hpzimc09.dll.
- In yet other type of problem, a particular DLL file may be missing leading to file not found errors. An example of this error message is found in Epson printers, ¬†where you may see: ‚ÄúThis application has failed to start because PICSDK.dll not found.”
- A virus infection may also be the reason for DLL file errors that also cause printer problems.
Solving DLL-related Printer Problems
In order to solve DLL-related printer problems, you must first ascertain the type of problem that has occurred. If it is a missing DLL file, you must look for it in the Recycle Bin. You may have unknowingly deleted it. If that is not the case, try running an anti-spyware and anti-virus tool to ensure that it is not one of these programs that are preventing your computer from detecting the file. These files may also detect a healthy DLL file as malware and quarantine it. Once you rule this out, you may be tempted to download the file from the Internet, but it is recommended that you be very careful of the source of the files.
A better course of action which is also applicable for other printer related DLL problems is to uninstall and then re-install the printer software. To do this, you will require the services of the Add/Remove Program tool or the built-in Device manager utility. You can also use an efficient, third-party driver scanner tool to perform the task.
When you uninstall the driver, it may leave behind some entries in the registry. This is why to ensure complete removal of the driver you uninstall, make sure to clean your registry with the help of a reliable registry cleaner tool.