HP 450C Plotter on win2K and Autocad

Posted on 2003-03-03
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Last Modified: 2008-02-01

If you see if the above link, the basic problem is. When printing multiple copies the plotter times out, this only happens on win2k/xp not 98.

Does anyone have an idea on how to fix?
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mcmai earned 300 total points
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1) The older HP plotters have a limited memory capacity.
2) They are not native Windows plotters and so the AutoCAD plots have to be translated to the older code the plotter can understand.
3) There is NO RELATIONSHIP between the size of the plot when you send it and the size it ends up being when it gets to the plotter. (sez HP and our experience: a 1 meg plot sometimes creates a 18 meg plot.)
4) Windows 2K is much worse with these two problems than Windows 98.
5) HP says to make sure you have the latest driver.  AutoCAD says sometimes using the 750c driver helps the problem.
6) It looks like your plotter doesn't make multiple copies from the same data, but spools each instance of the job.
7) Print singly and start saving up for a newer, Windows- aware plotter.

We have a 650c and have similar problems.

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Do you think that maybe using a 98 box and sharing it might help this issue? I have a spare PC that I can do that with.

Author Comment

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or would a HP jet direct 4000 Print appliance help in this case?

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Sorry about not getting back to you.  I haven't checked the forum in a few days....

Unfortunately, neither will help (if I'm right about your problem).  The problem is the size of the plot once it leaves the last PC and goes to the printer (whichever PC has the printer driver on it).  Unless you can figure a way to tell the sharing PC to keep the plot data and resend it to make copies instead of sending all the copies at the same time (and I can't think of a way to do that), you will have to print one at time.  Seems like I remember that some 'printer buffers' have a button to resend print jobs (if you could find one with enough memory).

You might be able to increase the memory size on your plotter.  We have 64M on ours and all but the very largest (9-feet-long plus) will plot on it now.

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