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Printer sharing issues

By sdkslipknot ·
I have a simple computer network consisting of 3 computers, 1 NAS, and one laserjet printer. The printer is shared out through one computer, that computer is connected directly to the printer via parallel port, and is sending the print job very slowly. Where the other computers that are sending the print jobs to the printer through the slow compter are sending to the printer instantaneously. This makes no sense to me, as this is a new computer with a new install of WinXP Pro, the same with the other computers on the network. I hope someone has come across this and has a solution other than wiping out the machines and starting over.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Printer sharing issues

Well firstly forget about the idea of reloading the system I think you will find that you have a Printing Priority issue with your setup.

Somehow the computer connected directly to the printer has been given a low priority for printing jobs so it is sitting at the back of the print Que and is going through quite a few checks of the print spooler before it is allowing the machine it is connected to to print.

I would start out by looking at all the printer settings in the Printer window check the priority under the Advanced Tab for starters it should be showing 1.

Lets know how you get on.


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by Toivo Talikka In reply to Printer sharing issues

I had a printer sharing problem recently where a company upgraded from Windows 98 to Windows XP. In one of their offices four Kyocera 3830N printers were shared and connected with the parallel port. First thing we realise is that the printing takes ages to start on the client PCs and then the users start complaining that they cannot print at all. The limit of 10 concurrent connections had been exceeded.

After I plugged the printers directly into the LAN and re-installed the drivers, pointing the printing to the IP address of the printer instead, the delay caused by a combination of SP2 and numerous port 139 connections disappeared.

This does not exactly correspond to your situation, but if your printer can be networked,instead of being hosted on the XP, by all means do it.

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by Neil Cotton In reply to Printer sharing issues

This can be slightly different for each printer, please check your manual or website for your manufacturer.

In Windows XP
Start>Printers and Faxes>Properties>Advanced>Spool Print Documents > Make sure that "Start Printing Immediately" is selected > and "Print Spooled Documents First"

Hope this helps


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by sdkslipknot In reply to Printer sharing issues

I was hoping to add a comment with a solution of my own, but I still have nothing. The printer priority is fine, it is set at 1 for highest priority. I found that this problem is only in Word Perfect 11, everything else is fine, as in the jobs print quicly. I will be installing a print server soon to ease all these problems. I will keep everyone posted.

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by spidershrek In reply to Printer sharing issues

Make sure that on the printer properties under the advanced tab, make sure that it sais Print directly to the printer. It has happenned to me with a computer with WP12. Hopefully it works for you.

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