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Lasewriter IIg and printing speed

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I tried to print a quark express document two weeks ago and it printed in 5 minutes. It's a 9mb file..I tried printing it yesterday, and it took almost an hour. Nothing has changed on my system. My computer is a 7100/80 running system 7.5.5 and has 40Mb ram. I have reinstalled quark and the laserwriter software with no change. I have found that if i turn off background printing the print time drops to about 20 minutes...still higher than the 5 minutes of two weeks ago. My computer is on ethernet and I am using laserwriter bridge to print to it. This setup has been working fine for me for a long time. The document contains both TIFF and EPS files. Can anyone provide any helpful suggestions...?
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by:weed
ID: 1581314
how was network traffic the second try? busy office? lotsa people trying to print at the same time?
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by:lyndon012797
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Yes, it was a pretty quiet on the network. There's never any real heavy traffic going on over there. Plus, if i print to the laser printer from something like netscape it comes out in seconds...and if i print the same document from quark to an hp deskjet 870 it prints out in a couple of minutes, but when i try to go back to the laserwriter it slows down. Also, if it try to print to another laserwriter over the network i have the same problem. Hope this helps..
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by:lyndon012797
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dlleon earned 300 total points
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Well, that is interesting. Printing over the network to a laswerwriter is slower than to printing to an HP. Which machine is running laserwriter bridge? If that machine gets bogged then it could affect network communications over the localtalk like . Additionally, you may wish to check the integrity of the cabling on the localtalk link, especially looking for non-terminated points on the laserwriters. Non-terminated points on localtalk links can slow networking down to a crawl. Also, look over the page formatting in the page setup of your quark program. You may have some oddball formatting prefs you have inadvertinatly put in. Also double check the linked eps and tiff files to make sure they reside on the same computer as the document you are printing.

For a further diagnosis, go to the machine with the localtalk bridge software. Copy your document (and links) to its hard drive. Print the file. If the print speed increased, then the problem may have been cross-links in the file or net traffic. If the speed did not increase go to the next step.

2. Disable localtalk bridge. Switch this machine's network (or appletalk) control panel to printer port. Try to print directly to that printer. If the printing speed increased, then you may have had excessive net traffic on the ethernet side.

3. Next, reset the network/appletalk control panel to ethernet, and re-enable localtalk bridge control panel and restart.

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by:lyndon012797
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Hi. I won't get a chance to try any of these things till tomorrow, but just so you know. I printed the same document a week ago and it printed fine. As a matter of fact, when i turn off VM it takes only about 15 minutes vs an hour with virtual memory on. Also, I can print from other applications over the laserwriter bridge to that printer from the same computer or from  other computers. The computer i was printing from was the computer running the laserwriter bridge. There are only three units on the localtalk network: the 7100, the laserwriter II, and the hp deskjet 870cxi. So, given this information, would you like to modify your answer. Especially since some of the points you touch on, I have already tried or aren't applicable..
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by:dlleon
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In that case, go to the prefs folder inside your system folder on your machine. Remove the laserwriter prefs file to another location on your hard drive. Go to your chooser and select the laserwriter and do a setup. Try reprinting. As I mentioned before, you may have some sort of formatting problem in the page setup of your file. Additionally, double check the linked files in your document. Finally, if vitual memory is clogging down your system performance, defrag your hard drive (though this will have little effect on the printing problem per se, it's just a good idea in general).

Oh yeah, what happens when you print a "normal" document to the printer (ie a document without links)?


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