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Data area passed to a system call is too small Error while installing a printer

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I have been trying to install a Zebra LP2844 on a computer running Windows XP. When using the add printer wizard I get an error that simply tells me "The printer could not be installed," but when using the plug and play auto detect wizard I get the error "Data area passed to a system call is too small." The printer has worked on this particular computer before, but when it started malfunctioning I tried reinstalling the drivers and that is when I got the errors.

I have tried uninstalling and then reinstalling the drivers, I have tried using different printer ports, I've tried automatic and manual setup, and the printer works on a different computer.

I have tried googleing the error, but that didn't help me much as this seems to be a fairly general error message. I know there have been a number of topics involving this error message on this forum, but unfortunately I was unable to locate any which apply to the installation of a printer.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Mark
Sep 17 '07 #1
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epots9
1,351 Expert 1GB
Hi Morias welcome to TSDN,

the problem could have risen when you uninstalled and re-installed, there could be an error in its registry keys that is causing the problem
Sep 17 '07 #2
bartonc
6,596 Expert 4TB
I have been trying to install a Zebra LP2844 on a computer running Windows XP. When using the add printer wizard I get an error that simply tells me "The printer could not be installed," but when using the plug and play auto detect wizard I get the error "Data area passed to a system call is too small." The printer has worked on this particular computer before, but when it started malfunctioning I tried reinstalling the drivers and that is when I got the errors.

I have tried uninstalling and then reinstalling the drivers, I have tried using different printer ports, I've tried automatic and manual setup, and the printer works on a different computer.

I have tried googleing the error, but that didn't help me much as this seems to be a fairly general error message. I know there have been a number of topics involving this error message on this forum, but unfortunately I was unable to locate any which apply to the installation of a printer.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Mark
There is a very recent version of the the Zebra LP2844 driver dated 26-Apr-2007. If your version is older than that, give that a try.
Sep 17 '07 #3
I am having the exact same problem I have a Zebra 2844 and getting the exact same message. I have also tried different ports. It was also working on this PC before please please please send me an email if you figure it out.

Thanks
<email>
Sep 21 '07 #4
epots9
1,351 Expert 1GB
email removed in regards to the posting guidelines
Sep 21 '07 #5
I did two thing before restarting my pc and I was then able to install the printer.

I was able to fix this by disabling the Windows Firewall.

THen I removed an HP Bios and Smart Card software Security Manager from Add/Remove Software.

I'm pretty sure it was the Windows Firewall that was enabled but I included that stupid software that came with HP just in case.


Thanks.
Oct 2 '07 #6
Pimi
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Hello Morias, i had the same problem, and i made a system restore...
now i'm printing normally
Pimi
Nov 27 '07 #7
I had the same problem,
Removing the HP Printer software resolved my issue.

There is also a hotfix from MicroSoft that might help you:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;822779

You might want to think what you loaded last that caused this issue.

Good Luck!
Jun 24 '08 #8

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