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AutoCAD LT slow printing

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We have very slow printing for both text and drawings.
The program is "AutoCad LT" by Autodesk Inc.
The printer is a Canon BJC-800.
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by:ranjim
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by:ACScomm
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What is your computer info ? ( i.e. CPU, RAM cash, etc' )
OS ?
Printer memory - size ?
Printer driver ?
Printer emulation ( if any ? )

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by:mark2150
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Are you using print manager or other queuing software, if so turn it off.

Start with the basics. Go to DOS and do:

DIR > PRN

See if it prints at speed under this condition.

If that's clean then try printing from NOTEPAD or other simple windows app. Make sure that your printer properties are not set to "High Quality" mode as this will slow down printing considerably.

If it works well after both those tests then concentrate on AutoCAD.

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by:daverolfe
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Is this LT95 or 97, if it is 97 then try using one of the AutoCAD ADI drivers and not default system printer, I will try to find out which supports your printer, is it HPGL compatible as this is the best driver.  Let me know the version
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The problem with the printing is the printer in this instance. The printer is not man enough for the job with the size of print files that you are generating in autoCAD. You should move to a printer with an on-board HDD. You BJ cannot spool the print job to memory as it hasn't enough so there is a lot of slow commuication between printer and PC to feed data when the printer is ready for it. Printing to a printer with a HDD will eliminate this problem. Also printing via a network connection rather than a parrallel port will also speed up you printing if buying a new printer is not an option.
Sorry there is no software solution to the problem but this is the definative answer.
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thanks for all the answers to the printing problem
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