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Slow printing over network

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Afterdark, Sep 17, 2003.

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  1. Afterdark

    Afterdark Thread Starter

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    We have an NT server based network which is mostly W98 PCs, but with a couple of W2Ks and uses CAT5 cabling via a hub.

    An HP Deskjet 5550 colour printer is connected to one of the W98 PCs and shared to all the other PCs, in addition to a laser printer which is installed on the server.

    This is a pretty new printer and when printing off a listing of about 40 pages, which is done once a month, it is at least as fast as other printers we have had when the printing is done directly from the PC on which it is installed.

    However, if you try the same report from any other PC, it takes literally hours to do, even if the PC it is installed on has no one using it. It will do a couple of pages, then wait for a few minutes, then do a couple more etc.

    Any ideas as to where the problem is?

    Thanks.
     
  2. stod73

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    What type of document are you printing? PDF? Perhaps the problem isn't the printer but the PC that is sending the pritn job.
     
  3. Afterdark

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    They are standard Word documents - usually property listings which show a small image and some text, about 5 to a page. It appears to be the same problem from any of about 4 PCs.
     
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