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DeskJet 5550 has suddenly switched to Very Slow Printing Mode


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#1 Hikermann

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Posted 02 December 2017 - 12:43 AM

Windows 7 / HP Deskjet 5550:  Printer has been working fine, but for some unknown reason it has decided to change over to Excruciatingly Slow Printing Mode:  instead of hearing the carrier busily scurrying back and forth, it now trundles once across, then takes a long rest, then heads back the other direction.  Now, I'm getting on up in those "senior years" and so my walk-abouts and hikes are becoming more and more like that too . . . but after running HP Print & Scan Doctor and trying every reset procedure I know of, the 5550 is not up to speed here.

Any suggestions toward a solution?

Many thanks.  Appreciated.



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Posted 02 December 2017 - 11:29 AM

Have you taken a look at what the print settings are when you go to print, and whether those are set to the default?

 

This sounds very much like something other than "Draft" or "Normal" mode have been selected to give high precision printing, which is always much, much slower than normal mode.

 

I don't have an HP printer right now so I don't know what they might call their various modes, but I don't know of any printer that doesn't have "Draft" or "Normal" modes as well as precision printing modes, no matter what they might call them.


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Posted 02 December 2017 - 03:44 PM

Same printer I had, see page 24 (Printer Settings) in this .pdf guide-

http://ced.berkeley.edu/downloads/resources/printers_2017/HP-Color-Laserjet-5550-UserGuide.pdf#page24

There's also Troubleshooting guides towards the end of the document. Maybe some info will shed some light.
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Posted 09 December 2017 - 11:53 AM

Thank you for the responses:

 

Britechguy - settings are at my usual "Letter" "Grayscale" "Fast Draft"

 

r.a.d. - appreciated



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Posted 09 December 2017 - 03:29 PM

Though you mentioned originally HP Print & Scan Doctor and trying every reset, the 5550 is a workhorse. Probably irrelevant, but-

Ink levels OK/current cartridges? A graphic shows when printing as a generalization of volume available, emphasis on generalization. There are also possible explanations in troubleshooting/slow printing. I'd first thought of the Reserve sub-title, also a cleaning of cartridge function the software provides.

If mechanical (age, gummed up or dust, etc.) there are experts here who've worked on and repaired printers that might see your topic.

BTW, when I said 'had' the same printer, still do but no computer to run it now.
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Posted 10 December 2017 - 05:38 PM

Crazy:  After trying all of the this-n-thats recommended on several forums, I simply changed the black ink cartridge and . . . YUP!  Problem Solved.  Hadn't considered that one!

Anyhow, many thanks for comments, suggestions and discussions.  Very much appreciated.  Now go and have yourselves a particularly refreshing end of the year holiday season!

Blessings.



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Posted 10 December 2017 - 06:13 PM

Same back to you!
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