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how do i speed up printing in NT/98 envi

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i've just been assigned to a rather small NT4.0 SP5 network (12 users) running DHCP. when the users print to an HP5 printer that is setup through a HP jetdirect 500X and shared from the server, it can take up to 20 minutes for the one page job to print! i can see it sitting in the queue but it just won't start printing!! how can i make the server begin the process quicker? like as soon as it arives in the queue? spooling is setup.

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by gniazdo In reply to how do i speed up printin ...

I have to agree with Dennis@l 's answer. I experianced the exact same problem about a year ago. The best thing you can do is assign a static IP address to the printer and remove the address from your scope in the DHCP administrator. Then choose LPRfor the printers port and share it. I don't know why but the whole HP jet direct port has always given me problems ever since I have always used tcp/ip printing services with no problems.

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by phigginson In reply to how do i speed up printin ...

Hi,

I think you need to read this article in KB Microsoft

ARTICLE-I Q17**56
TITLE : Updated TCP/IP Printing Options for Windows NT 4.0 SP3 and Later

Good Luck and Happy New Year

Pascal h.

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by Veetel In reply to how do i speed up printin ...

This article made our printers scream. Go to the url "http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q179/1/56.ASP"

That orta do it.

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by BOUND4DOOM In reply to how do i speed up printin ...

I have to agree with everyone that said go with the TCP/IP standard printing. Just assign a static IP address to the jet direct cards for the printer then just do a standard TCP/IP printer set up and away you go. Lots of benefits doing it that way too. Basically every operating system with TCP/IP can print to that printer. You can use the plain windows telnet program to connect to it and make changes in config right from your desk. Realy if you are running in an NT environment with the TCP/IP protocal running it is by far the best way to print

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by redwings In reply to how do i speed up printin ...

If you are running SP3, upgrade to SP5 for starters.
Here is the fix for your slow NT printing and I guarantee you will see significant printing.
1) Start the Registry Editor(Regedt32.exe) and go to the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\LPDSVC\lpr
2) On the Registry menu, click Save Key and type a filename to save it.
3) Delete the Lpr key to remove all of the individual IP Address entries.
4) Select the LPDSVC key.
5) On the Edit menu, click Add Key, and the type "lpr"(without the quotations) in the Key Name box.
6) Select the newly created Lpr key.
7) On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and the type the following information:

Value Name: UseNonRFCSourcePorts
Data Type: REG_WORD
Value: 0 or 1
0 = uses ports 721-731 (default)
1 = uses any port > 1024

My recommendation is to use the 1 and basically opens up unlimited ports beyond 1024, and your printing will go through the roof.
Don't forget to stop and restart the Spooler service by going to the DOS Prompt and typing,

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