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By camy2079 ·
I've recently added a direct fax solution to about 15 users in my office. They each have a direct # (DID)and a fax modem. All machines are p4s with XP pro. I then have 2 networked printers with a dual xeon w2k server. The server is utilizing printsharing.


My probelm is speed!!!!

These users receive large faxes via thier direct fax, 50+ pages. These images are converted to image files by the built in fax service in XP. Unfortunately they almost always print these files which takes 5+minutes to spool and/or it locks up the printer.

Is there a solution for handling the printing of large image files? I've tried direct printing via LPR (thus bypassing the server) I did not see a signifigant reduction in time to print.

Is the other format I can have the faxes converted to?

Any thoughts...

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by rezo247 In reply to Printing large fax docume ...

This is a two fold answer: First, direct printing via LPR will only speed up your printing if yu have an outstanding printer with lots of memory. I would suggest starting first with faxes themselves. Save them to .jpg format using MS paint (File -Open with - Paint - save as .jpg) and try this solution first. If this doesn't increase printing time and trust me it will. Then your next option which is a bit more pricey then the first one is to get a printer that can handle atleast 20 of the 50 pages you are printing. An average full page .tif document is anywhere from 650k to 6.5meg if you have color. You should take 20*(average fax page size)+12=amount of printer memory needed. Then set you printer up on your server to begin printingimmediately instead of spooling the entire document. One or both of these should take care of your printing woes. The first recommendation worked for me on my fax printing issues at one of my client sites. Good luck.

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