HP Printer Error PCL XL Error [How to Fix]

In this article, we will share some troubleshooting steps to fix the HP printer error PCL XL error.

What is the HP Printer Error PCL XL Error?

The HP printer error PCL XL error occurs when the printer user attempts to send several documents at once for the printer to print. A corrupt printer driver is usually the main culprit responsible for his error. Another culprit could be the settings of your HP printer.

HP Printer Error PCL XL Error Troubleshooting Steps

Do the following troubleshooting steps to fix the HP printer error PCL XL error:

1. Download and Install Microsoft Hotfix  

The HP printer error PCL XL error happens when the Unidrv.dll (6.0.5824.16384) file is installed whereas the .NET Framework 3.0 has been installed. Therefore, you need Microsoft’s Hotfix to fix this error.

Go to the Microsoft store and download the Hotfix app for the version of your Windows. After that, install the app.

Check if the HP printer error PCL XL error has been fixed. If the error persists, go to the next step.

2. Rename Files Related to your HP Printer

How to Rename Files Related to your HP Printer

To rename files related to your HP printer, do the steps below:

Step 1: Press the “Windows” and “E” keys at the same time on your keyboard to launch the File Explorer.

Step 2: Go to this path location: “C:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers\x64\3”.

Step 3: Filter the displayed files so that only “.gpd” extension files are showing.

i. Click on the arrow next to “Type”.

ii. Click on “GPD”.

Step 4: Change the GPD file names as you desire.

Important: Ensure that you create a backup somewhere for these files before you rename them.

Step 5: Save changes.

Step 6: Restart your computer.

Check if the HP printer error PCL XL error has been fixed by printing a document. If the error persists, go to the next step.

3. Update your HP Printer Driver

To update your HP printer driver, you can either use the Device Manager on your computer or download the driver from the official HP download website.

After updating the driver, check for the error; if it remains unresolved, do the next troubleshooting step below.

4. Change the Driver Settings

Carrying out some settings changes in the P2050 PCL 6 driver could fix this error.

The first settings change is using “Optimize for Text and Vector” instead of “Print Data optimization”.

If the error isn’t resolved, then use “Download as Softfront” instead of “TrueType Font” and set the option for “Send True Type as Bitmap” to “Enabled”.

Check again for the error; if it remains, do the next step.

Interested in HP printer errors, then we recommend that you read this: HP Printer Errors and Solutions [Detailed] where we discuss and also provide solutions to different HP printer errors.

5. Further Troubleshooting

If the steps above don’t fix the PCL XL error, try the following:

If your HP printer is a USB printer, ensure that the quality of the cable is good. Also, ensure that it isn’t above 2 meters long.

Another thing you should do is to reduce the print quality to 600 dpi.

The last thing you can do is to use a different driver. We recommend you use the Universal Print Driver PostScript.