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HP 6P extremely slow to start printing

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  1. genesis211

    genesis211 Thread Starter

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    I have Windows XP and an HP 6P LaserJet. When printing from the internet, sometimes it takes better than one minute to actually start printing. Sometimes it is instantaneous. When it takes a while to start printing, sometimes the pages are partially printed and then the next page picks up where the last left off, but not always at the top (sometimes halfway down the page or near the end). Sometimes the printing process stalls and the error light goes on, until I press the resume button.

    When printing from Word, it usually prints immediately but when I have copied material from the internet to Word, the same thing happens.

    I have upgraded my memory to MCH 16MB – FPM – Non parity – 60. I am not sharing. I am spooled to print immediately and print spooled documents first. Bidirectional support is enabled.
     
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    Try a printer test page to see if it is reporting all of your memory. The only issues I have ever had was users trying to print huge PDF files off of the internet to a printer with only 4 MB of memory installed.
     
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    There is no information about memory on the test page. Everything but. Is there any there way to get the memory that is being recognized.
     
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    My Windows XP Printer Test Pgae looks nothing like what you provided. I wonder if I am printing the right test page.

    Mine starts with
    Submitted Time
    Computer Name
    Printer Name
    Printer Model, etc
    I am doing right from the Printerroperties for that printer.

    I'll check into Postscript. Thanks.
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    EXAMPLE CONTENTS OF A SELF-TEST PAGE

    PRINTER INFORMATION


    Lists the Formatter Number, Firmware Datecode, Page Count, and LocalTalk Network information for the printer.


    MEMORY


    Lists printer memory, I/O Buffering data, and Resource Saving data.


    INSTALLED PERSONALITIES AND OPTIONS


    Lists all personalities, such as PCL and PostScript that are installed, and the status of each SIMM slot.


    RET BLOCK


    This block is used when adjusting the Resolution Enhancement technology (REt) setting.


    SETTINGS


    Current printer default settings and product-specific information.
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    Well, believe it or not, I had the wrong driver. The HP site wsas helpfiul. So I installed the latest driver. I did not download the Postscript driver because I don't know if my printer supports Postscript. I figured since I now have the latest driver, why would I need to download the one entitled Postscript? Can you help me out here?
     
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    Found how to do an HP test page. It registers my 16MB + 2 original MB = 18MB
     
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    You would only need the postscript driver if your printer supported postscript. Its a hardware installable option. HP recomends black and white printers just use the standard PCL driver. 18m memory should be enough for your printouts. Is the printer working ok now that you have the correct driver installed?
     
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    Thanks for your reply. Nothing has changed. I wonderif all printers take some time when printing HTML from the internet. I even changed Page Protection to "on" by recommendation of someone on the HP Forum and checked Print Directly rather than Spooling.
     
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    I find that printing a web page is a matter of luck. You usually dont have any control over what prints or how long it takes your system to convert the images to something your printer can understand, so your priinter may be doing the best that it can. Many web sites offer "printer friendy versions" that will work better with printers. If I want something off a web page I usually just copy it, then paste it into notepad or into a blank word document. Then I can print just what I want.
     
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