Print Job suck in print cue; will not delete

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My home computer had a print job in the printer queue that would not delete. After searching some Apple forums, I discovered that Apple has been using a standards-based, open source printing system developed by Apple Inc. for Mac OS® X and other UNIX®-like operating systems. It is called CUPS and can be found by typing http://localhost:631/printers/ into any browser.

In OS 10.5 it looks like this.

In OS 10.6, CUPS looks like this:

With this utility, I was able to cancel all jobs. Don’t know why the job was stuck but at least it is no longer clogging the list. Problem solved.


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Mysteriously full drive on Server

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Today I tried to login to our Mac OS 10.6 server. It denied access. I could connect via Apple File Sharing but I could not log on via Apple Remote Desktop. Come to find out the main 1TB hard drive is full. I don’t know what is taking up about 989 GB worth of space but its not cool.

I connected the server to my laptop via target disc mode.
Poked around a bit but nothing looked unusual.
Ran Disc Utility, Disc Repair. Result: Everything is okay.
I cloned the drive to our second 1 TB drive on the server as a backup. It was 10.72GB

Not wanting to waste time, I decided to re-format the drive and restore from the backup. All is well. I don’t know the issue but it’s back to normal now.

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iMac Beeps Three Times on Startup

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Hardware: iMac8,1
Memory: 6GB DDR2 SDRAM (2gb in slot 1, 4gb in slot 0)
OS: 10.6.8

Problem: On startup, computer would beep three times, pause, then repeat the three beep pattern. The one time that it did restart, I ran verify disc and it found errors.

Boot from a CD -> Beeps
Re-seat the RAM. -> no change
Take out one RAM stick -> was able to boot and run disc utility repair
Blew out the RAM socket with compressed air.
Re-seat both RAM sticks in reverse order (2gb in slot 0, 4gb in slot 1). -> Boot went fine.

So, now I don’t know if it is a memory problem or a directory error. I skipped too many steps while troubleshooting. After several reboots, the problem hasn’t come back. We’ll have to wait and see.

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