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Network Printing with XP
MartyMC Jul-10-02 10:59 PM
I have a small home lan installed with 5 computers, a linksys hub connecting them uplinked to a linksys 4 port router to my cable modem. I also have a linksys (EPSX3) printserver with two printers attached that is also connected to the hub. I also have a printer attached to one machine via LPT1. The network works well and all machines can get to the net and each other.

My problem is printing. When I attempt to print to the printserver printers through my XP machine, it takes about 10 seconds for the print window to come up and over a minute to print a simple document. The printer I have attached to the server is a Lexmark 4039. When I print through LPT1 (by setting my HP 870CXI as default), the print window comes up immediately and printing is very quick. I have looked everywhere for a solution to speed up the printing. I have the printserver on a static IP address as well.

I have also tried adding NetBeui to the printserver in addition to TCP/IP static address.

Any ideas as to what I can do to speed this up, as I add more pages to the queue, it tends to hang the printer. I then have to restart the printer and clear the queue to start over.

Thanks,

Marty


1. RE: Network Printing with XP
DJ Net2Infinity Jul-11-02 00:00 AM
In response to message 0
That sounds about right for a 4039 they are pretty slow, and the reason it hangs the printer when you ad more pages is the fact that the printer only comes with 2MB of Ram. I would look into getting a newer printer, the company I work for fixes these under a state contract and they are so old that the only we can get parts is to by whole units and scrap them for parts.

2. RE: Network Printing with XP
MartyMC Jul-11-02 07:33 AM
In response to message 1
The 4039 is slow, but it is much faster connected to LPT1 or this same configuration running Win98SE. I think XP is polling the print server before it displays the print window and that is taking a very long time. I am not sure if it is XP or my printserver that is the problem.

Marty


6. RE: Network Printing with XP
lbyard Jul-11-02 02:03 PM
In response to message 2
You might find an answer here: http://support.microsoft.com/search/preview.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q314073 (copy and paste the entire link; the forum software breaks links when it sees a ";") If you do, we would be interested... Larry

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