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Apollo p2600 slow spooling . . .

I have an HP Apollo p2600 ink jet printer and out of the blue a couple of days ago it started to spool print jobs really slow, from 15sec to 2+minutes for a 15 page job!  Also when it starts to print its stops in the middle of a sentence and the trouble light goes crazy, and then out of the blue it starts to print normally again like nothing happened, Whats that about and is their a fix?
      I am using i.e. 5.0 and win 98 ver 4.10.2222A, if that helps - bye  
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GtristCommented:
Try removing the printer and re-installing it with the latest drivers.
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babelovAuthor Commented:
Gtrist;
     Thanks for the idea.  Where and how do i get new drivers? And how do i know that they are up to date drivers? This is a great little printer when it works.  Maybe i should delete reinstall the soft ware that i have now or maybe try another printer cable?  Also in BIOS, i have noticed 3 different printer settings, whats that about and is one setting better then the others ?
     Bye -    
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GtristCommented:
Here is the link for Apollo support. Click the link for the P-2500/P-2600 and then click downloads & drivers. Click the link "how to download the driver from the Internet", and then click you OS. Select the link for the language desired. I assume that it US English.
http://www.ap-sure.com/myapollo/support/

Yes, try another cable... it couldn't hurt, and it may correct the problem.

The three different printer settings in the bios are for the different communication methods. SP is for older printers or ones that don't support bi-directional communication. The other two support bi-directional communcation.
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babelovAuthor Commented:
Gtrist;
     I just checked your link and it has the same driver version that i am using now, so what good would getting this same version do me?  Also what do they mean when they say i have to Unzip a file, i have never done that before,whats that about?  Which of the two printing remaining settings in bios is better to use, does it matter?  Lastly, how do i load to a floppy assuming i ever come across a newer printer driver?  bye -  
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GtristCommented:
If you have the same version on your diskettes, un-install the printer and re-install using your diskettes. Since you didn't give your driver version, I had you at least check whether or not there was a newer version.
Unzipping refers to decompressing an archive using Winzip or PKzip. You should be able to locate free downloads on the Internet.

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GtristCommented:
EPP -  
Short for Enhanced Parallel Port, a parallel port standard for PCs that supports bi-directional communication between the PC and attached non-printer devices. EPP is about 10 times faster than the older Centronics standard.

ECP -    
Short for Extended Capabilities Port, a parallel-port standard for PCs that supports bi-directional communication between the PC and attached devices (such as a printer). ECP is about 10 times faster than the older Centronics standard.

The process for creating a drive floppy can vary. There are usually help files in the download areas that will explain the process. If it is a zipped file, then the process is usually as simple as pointing the unzipping application at the floppy drive.
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psx2sgCommented:
Why not you try to set the printer to "print Direct" instead of spooling? Maybe set the printing to printe into "RAW" and "print immediately", maybe it'll help?
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