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Printer not activted; error code -41

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    Printer not activted; error code -41

    HI all,

    I have searched previous threads on this and tried many methods suggested including setting Amyuni to Port = NUL, reinstalling Amyuni etc. I have still unable to print either directly or via print preview. I also cannot save as PDF or Excel.

    Then I saw this in Alpha Wiki help:
    Version 10 includes a new version of the Alpha Five Printer driver. The PDF Printer in V9 does not work on Windows 7 and certain 64 bit operating systems, such as Windows Server 2003. The Printers window in the Control Panel will show the printer name as 'AlphaFivePrinverV4' (indicating that it is based on V4 of the Amyuni Printer Driver).

    I am using Windows Vista 64bit. Development is only on desktop. not using webserver. Does this now mean that I need to go and find a Vista 32bit or XP version so that I can print reports?

    Anyone else have any ideas? Will v10.5 solve this issue?

    Many thanks!

    Re: Printer not activted; error code -41

    Maybe you could use a compatibility mode for Alpha? Not certain if it would work, but might.
    It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
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      Re: Printer not activted; error code -41

      MikeC, first of all, THANK YOU for trying to help. I appreciate it. This problem had tearing my hair out.

      This morning, I found a solution that worked for my case. No need to mess around with printer ports or registry keys.

      For anyone else having a similar Amyuni problem on Vista64, here is the link,

      For convenience, I post it below:
      Printer not activated, error code -20
      The error message is telling you that somehow the Amyuni Printer Driver (called 'AlphaFivePrinterV4' in the Printers folder) is not properly installed.

      The usual way to fix this is:

      1. Go to the printers folder and delete 'AlphaFivePrinterV4'
      2. Temporarily turn off UAC on your machine.
      3. Re-install A5
      4. That should reinstall the AlphaFivePrinterV4
      5. Do you see AlphaFivePrinterV4 in your Printers folder?
      6. Try PDF printing again
      7. Re-enable UAC

      Created by mheller. Last Modification: Monday 24 of May, 2010 23:36:51 UTC by mheller.

      Thanks MikeC and Thanks mHeller too!


        Re: Printer not activted; error code -41

        Originally posted by atsui View Post
        Will v10.5 solve this issue?
        You can download 10.5 and try it..
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          Re: Printer not activted; error code -41

          I recently run into a similar problem: �printer not activted: error code -20�. Turning of UAC (User Account Control) did solve the problem but also compromised my security settings. Found a better solution on:

          I had to edit the register manually and change the security settings for the �AlphaFivePrinter4�. The printer is located in the registry under: �HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG\Software�. Hope it helps!