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#1 fleamour

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 12:43 PM

Don't think it's the actual printer itself so this may be wrong forum but here goes...

Printing PDF documents over my wireless network is amazingly slow. All other documents are fine. I am using Win2k on my laptop also Foxit PDF viewer, the HP printer is connected to my XP tower. I have seen another post but it was on the Experts Exchange, a subscription based forum. Anyone had joy with that forum, sounds like a good idea.
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Posted 07 January 2008 - 07:12 PM

From foxit's support site:

"Why PDFs sometimes printed so slowly?
This is because we haven't optimized our printer drivers, especially for PostScript printers. The PostScript rendering driver provided by Microsoft is not very efficient (for example, data compression is never used). Before it is ready, we strongly recommend our users to use PCL driver instead of PostScript driver. Good thing is that almost all laser printers have a PCL compatible driver."
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 08:32 AM

So to clarify I have to update the printer driver on my XP PC? I am confused as HP only supply one driver for there 3940 Deskjet.
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 12:41 PM

Mark gave you the info that explains the slowness and since there is only one driver listed for your printer, afraid you'll have to live with it.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwar...449&lang=en

Even if it's the same driver you currently have installed, I would still remove the one installed (after downloading the one above) and then reboot and install the one downloaded. Even if slowness is routine for printing PDFs, it might be compounded by possible corruption of the installed driver.

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 03:53 PM

Adding to Louis's post, You could try Adobe and see if that makes a difference. Seeing how they're further along with development maybe you can print faster using it. People complain about Adobe's bloatness, which I agree. I find that when installing such, if the option is available, I choose "custom" install instead of "normal" install. It gives you a chance to weed out some of the junk they load in it
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Posted 08 January 2008 - 06:23 PM

Thanks guys, I will try both suggestions. I have a Pentium III laptop so wanna keep it as uncluttered as possible which is why I currently use Foxit Reader but will try Adobe all the same.
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