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Hello my friends - My friend has just purchased a new digital camera and we have installed the software and every thing appeared to work out fine until we decided to print off an image from the PC. The printer we used was a HP deskjet 3420 and the main PC specs is an 266Mhz :-( processor with 64MB Ram. If I chose a draft image quality all was fine but if I went for a better image quality the following prompt appears "Cannot create temporary file. Process aborted". I figure this is a memory issue but is it the PC side or the printer? Thanking you in advance.
Roy - New Zealand
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It sounds llike your working on the low end of the PC power spectrum. Would you be using Win95 or 98?
Check to ensure you have enough hard drive space. Also check the system minimums for the software you are using to print the images. If you are working just within those parameters you will run into problems like these.
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Excerpt from the 3200 spec page at HP
"If you are printing photographs or are printing at 4800 x 1200 dpi, you must have a large amount of free hard disk space available (much more than the 40 MB listed). "

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?dlc=en&lc=en&product=75040&lang=en&cc=us&docname=bpd09344
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One other thing to keep in mind is the Windows environment uses something called Virtual Memory. This is a space on the hard drive that is supposed to act like memory. While printing a temporary file is ceated or "spooled", so if we count you could have three instances of the file open (stored, virtual and spooled).

 How much free space do you have on your c: partition of the hard drive?
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Hi jonoakley - Thanks for your comment I will visit my friend in a couple of days and check this out and investigate other comments posted here (thanks all) and will get back. I am going away for a couple of days so will get back to this posting then - Thanks Roy
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Thanks jonoakley - Looks like the PC needs an upgrade and I will advise my friend of this. All the best and thanks - Roy, New Zealand
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At least you can get more system for less money than when we were paying for at the 266 level.
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