Printer, meet 4-foot steel pipe.
Posted by tim in I hate technology. on January 25, 2005

So today I had to print out a 150+ page document for a project I'm working on. I went through the process as I normally would: Open the document in Adobe Acrobat, click File->Print, set my printer properties, click "Print", go to the bathroom, get something to drink, then go tend to the printer.

When I got done getting my drink, I noticed that the printer wasn't printing, and that the "On line" light was flashing. Not really puting much thought into it, I filled the paper tray again and waited for it to resume printing... It didn't.

By the time I got back to my computer, Acrobat had an error dialog saying "Printing failed". My first instinct was to restart the print job where it had left off, and the error popped up again. I went to the printer to see what the deal was, and it had printed an error message:

PCL6 ERROR - pstCoreSet->uw_page_copies < 1000
    POSITION : 0x2737959 (41122137)
    SYSTEM   : WSIP/xl_op
    LINE     : 125
    VERSION  : QPDL 1.14 09-28-2002

So, I did what any normal person would: I turned the printer off then back on. When I did this, Windows didn't find it again. Frustrated, I brought the printer to my room and attempted to install it on my computer with the same results. I took it back to the other room and plugged it back into Mom's computer, and Windows detected it as an "Unknown USB Device".

At this point, my frustration was up to 124%, so I brought the thing back to my room and plugged it into my development server (Linux), ran kudzu, and it worked right away. One thing I noticed though, was that while the thing was sitting idle, the lights in my room were flickering.

After I got my document printing, the printer started doing as all laser printers do just before they croak...

It would print a page, cool down, wait a few seconds, warm up, repeat.

So yes, I am VERY pissed at my $200+ laser printer that is now listed by the manufacturer as discontinued. I now have to figure out how in the heck I'm going to be able to afford a new laser printer.

 
Comments

thats blows

  • Posted by macguy (Guest) on January 25, 2005 at 05:06:11PM

yeah, you could say that. I always seem to have problems with printers my self... damn things.

  • Posted by seantech (Guest) on January 25, 2005 at 05:23:57PM

So I got a very similar error when trying to print from a Mac iBook to a Samsung ML-2010 via a linsys wireless print server. I stumbled across your page with a google search for "pstCoreSet".

Now if only someone could explain what is generating this error message!

  • Posted by JimH (Guest) on February 13, 2006 at 09:33:09PM

Well, it's almost 2 years later and I see people are still coming across my site when searching for this error.

I'd have to guess that it's some sort of exception being thrown in the firmware of the printer. In English, the software that runs on the printer itself (not the drivers or anything you install) is encountering some sort of glitch that causes it to print this error message.

My technical guess would be that there's some sort of memory leak, causing one of the print routines to fail when printing a larger set of pages.

The printer I mentioned is still in use and (knock on wood) is working fine. It still makes the lights in that room flicker, but aside from that everything is functioning as normal.

  • Posted by tim (Guest) on December 30, 2007 at 03:03:18PM
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