I have listed this question for 200 points.
If I can get a good answer that helps me soon I will add an additional 300 points.
Here is the problem.
I have a network that utilizes one HP PhotoSmart 1215 printer. This printer has 16MB of internal memory. The business requires that we print up to four photos, approximately 3"x4" on a page.
I have a Windows NT4 Server and Win98 Clients. The Photo software is Olympus' Camedia 2.0 Which came with our digital cameras. The digital size of the photos we print is about 80K.
For some reason, when the photos are sent to the printer they become 2-4MB, at least that is what the Windows Printer Status Box reports, the time it takes to move the files to the printer also suggests that that is the "new" size of the files. Can Anyone explain that? If I can prevent that from happening my problem would probably be solved.
If not, here is the crux of the problem. Printers and print servers seem to be more geared to small text documents, rather than larger photo files. Originally, I had the printer attached to a workstation(all workstations are PIII866/128RAM). Frequently print jobs would get lost or hang on or more systems. I installed a Linksys Switched PrintServer. This made the system much more stable in that all jobs seem to get printed, however, the speed of the printing has dropped dramatically, by a factor of about 3. The slowness is almost unbearable.
What should I do to create a fast, stable environment?
Price is an issue, I cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars.
Thanks in advance for any help.