Troubleshooting printer problems in Windows can be very simple, especially if common errors do not require the user to take complex steps to fix the problem. Even if you were trying to print a document on an XPS printer and encountered a “Memory Allocation Error” error message, there are workarounds to fix the error.
The error is precise that the print job you ran on the XPS printer requires more memory from the device. Otherwise, the print job will come out with an incomplete part, indicating that the printer memory has run out, so to speak. For example, if the document to be printed contains a TrueType font that was loaded as a Type42 font, the printer may not have enough memory to apply the font in its native TrueType format. The printer tries to allocate memory for the font, but eventually the memory overflows, and an error message appears.
What is the reason for the XPS memory allocation failure
- Computer memory bank chip problems: When the chips in the computer memory card have problems and cannot be read properly by the computer. And then there is a good chance that you will have similar memory allocation problems.
- Computer Hard Drive Problems: As far as computer memory is concerned, except for memory bank chips, which can help expand your computer’s memory space, your computer’s internal hard drive also does the same job. In daily use, if the internal hard drive is damaged, such PC memory allocation errors can also occur.
- Computer driver problems: Have you reinstalled your computer operating system in the last few days or weeks? Did you download and install the latest PC drivers in time? If you haven’t downloaded a compatible driver for your computer after reinstalling your operating system, download or update your PC drivers now.
- Problems with software installed on your computer: Have you downloaded or been working on any new software on your computer in the last few days? Is it all from authorized sites or websites? Is it a virus infection? You really don’t know why you should think about such software problems? OK. In fact, computer memory allocation errors can also be caused by software problems.
- Computer virus: Of course, these computer memory allocation errors can also be caused by malicious viruses. Learn to regularly treat your entire computer with an anti-virus program.
How to fix XPS printing error with incorrect memory allocation
Change the default XPS driver
The error is often caused by inconsistencies in the operating system regarding the printer driver.
Therefore, replacing the default XPS or class driver with the manufacturer’s PS printer driver or PCL printer driver has proven to be an effective solution in this case.
Note: When you install the printer, if you let Windows make all the settings, the XPS driver will be installed automatically.
- On the machine, open Settings.
- Click on Devices -> Printers and Scanners -> Your Printer -> Manage Printers -> Printer Properties -> Advanced tab.
- If you do not see an alternative to the printer driver (i.e. if the PCL or PS driver components were not installed when you installed the printer) -> go to the printer manufacturer’s page.
- Look for a generic printer driver or PostScript driver.
- Download and install it. Make sure it is v3 and not v4, as v3 is more flexible.
- You may be asked for your IP address during installation, so be prepared.
- You may need to reboot your computer.
It is also recommended that you change your PDL (printer drive language) settings from PCL XL to PCL 5e.
Frequently Asked Questions
The error is often caused by mismatches between the operating system and the printer driver. In this case, replacing the default XPS or class driver with the manufacturer's PS printer driver or PCL printer driver has proven to be an effective solution.
- First, open the Start menu by pressing the Windows key.
- Click the Settings button.
- Select Devices.
- Click on Printers and Scanners.
- Select the printer that you want to delete, and click Delete Device.
- Now that the printer is removed, follow the instructions to put it back by clicking here.
- Press the Windows logo key + the Pause/Pause key to open the system properties.
- Select "Advanced System Settings", then under "Performance" on the "Advanced" tab, select "Settings".
- Click the Advanced tab, then select Edit under Virtual Memory.
XPS is also an acronym for XML Paper Specification and an alternative to Microsoft Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). If you get the error message "Job not printed because XPS option is not enabled", this error usually means that Windows 8 or 10 is using a class driver.