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delay in printing in Windows XP

By choy.waigiat ·
I have change to a new PC running XP Professional SP2. When I send a report for printing I have to wait for 5 mins or more for the printer to print. Previously when I was using Win98, the printer print immediately. I'm using a Seikosha BP9000 printer connected to a Intel printer switch.

anyone can advise

thanks and regards,

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to delay in printing in Wind ...

The most likely cause of this is not enough RAM in the computer. When this happens the file has to be stored in the Page File and then sent to the printer.

What it sounds like is happening is that the file that you want to print is being sent to the Page File which may not be set large enough and then being manipulated as required before being sent to the printer. The bigger the file the longer it will take to print and because the file is being sent to the Page File rather than being stored in RAM it is just that much slower.

As you didn't say what it was that you where printing what you have to remember is the bigger the file the longer it will take to print and with XP the complete job is done before it is sent to the printer so your computer isn't still manipulating part of the image while another part of it is being printed. With text this isn't much of a problem but with graphics it can be a time consuming process.

Col

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by choy.waigiat In reply to

This new PC has 256mb RAM. The old PC has only 64mb RAM but it print faster than the new PC. Definitely not the memory issue

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to delay in printing in Wind ...

For Windows XP 256 MEG is not a lot! you would be better off with at least 512 MEG and even then for reasonable users I always use a GIG of RAM for any work machines.

Remember XP is a lot bigger than 98 every could hope to be.

Forget the marketing claims of MS it's not faster, it's not more secure, what it, is, is easier to use, a bit more stable and a lot more resource hungry. If you installed XP onto a 6 GIG HDD and tried running DEFRAG you would receive a massage that you need at least 10% free space and that just isn't available. That is with out installing any programs just the bare XP install. :)

But remove the printer switch and see if it prints any faster there is quite a lot of Hardware that simply is not XP compliant.

Col

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by YNTBOM In reply to delay in printing in Wind ...

Like the guru Hal stated, XP is greedy and more memory does not always mean more speed. It will overwork your memory. I had 256 and went to 640 and barely noticed any difference in performance. Take your printer off of the switch and connect directly to the printer with a USB and you should notice some improvement.

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by choy.waigiat In reply to

I cannot take this printer off the switch cos its shared by 6 users. This printer comes only with parellel connection.

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by Ltop In reply to delay in printing in Wind ...

Hi there,
I checked the below link for details on XP drivers for your printer.
http://avdcs.com/prod/dotm/do_descr/dot/bp9000.html#Specs

XP or W2K are not mentioned anywhere - any chance you know what print driver you are using ?

Also on the link under the Drivers page was some mention about not overwriting UNIDRV.DLL when loading the driver - may have also something to do with your situation,

please let us know how you get on

cheers

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to delay in printing in Wind ...

Firstly you can get a USB to Parallel converter for testing purposes. But how is this switch configured?

Is it a Stand Alone unit on the LAN or is it connected to a computer by the Parallel Port and every one of the computers is printing through this one computer?

The first sounds like the most likely so have you tried taking the switch out and cleaning it out these things like Hubs and LAN Switches do get full of crud and rubbish so that could be the problem.

Also are the other 5 computer printing OK on this printer and is it only your computer which is showing the problem?

If you can add some comments to your question by answering the above questions we will have a bit more to work from and know how to help.

Col

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by korgmeister In reply to delay in printing in Wind ...

beside the ram/paging file issues, i suggest you MUST do some TWEAKING on the xp thingy. the default configuration is lame, it is would affect pc performance especially if you use that pc for work.

another possibilty i would think of is there any firewall on the pc? thats probably would affect the data(seriously) when it is printing, and since you only have 6 shared computer user for the printer, i suggest you no need to get any high tech equipment like switch or gateway for your network. it is actually waste of money and time. if you just use normal hub it would be also easier to troubleshoot in future (for small network) and saves a lot of cost too.

another possibility would be faulty cable, sometimes old network cable didnt works really well so you might try the cable by sending out large file to test it if you dont have any network cable tester.

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by mdhemphill In reply to delay in printing in Wind ...

This maybe a matter of your printer port is not setup for high speed printing?

On your 98 machine, the Printer port setting was probably set to either, EPP, ECP or ESP. You need to check your printer port in BIOS and see what it is set to and change it.

My guess it is probably set to EPP and it should be set to ECP.

Mike

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