Printing large document in Win98
Posted on 2000-03-31
I have an Epson printer with 16Mb of RAM, and a PC running Windows 98, which has 256Mb of RAM.
A third party has written a database app that produces reports for me, for printing.
My problem is that the full report is massive (500 pages). 'Windows can handle that' I hear you say, but each page has several Bitmaps on it which makes each spooled page just under 1Mb in size. When I get part way through the print (usually 50-60 pages)
Windows gives up, shuts down my app and cancels the print job.
I've tried printing after first spooled page, after last page is spooled, and direct to printer, all with the same results but for the fact the output varies with each setting before it crashes. I guess this is a memory problem, but as it is spooling
to the hard drive I didn't think memory came into it. Would increasing the printer's memory do the trick?
I know I could just print the report in chunks, or reduce the output quality, but they aren't really ideal resolutions.
This report is generated and prints directly from the compiled app so although the data is held in an Access database
I don't have the ability to amend its design.
Does anyone have any ideal on what (if anything) I can do about this? Thanks.