AutoCad Light - Plotting Issue designjet 800
Posted on 2006-07-07
Our engineers plot to a design jet 800 24" using autocad lt 2005.
Our plot jobs are sent correctly & the design jet displays that its processing the job, however the plot rarely comes out, there is no pattern as to when the plot comes out.
The plotter will print windows test page everytime.
The plotter is setup local network - i.e local software points to the ip of the plotter.
It has worked before.
Not being a Autocad person I didnt know what settings in autocad I had to change, I found out after a little meddling that I needed to use the Page Setup Manager - I automatically assumed that there was a generic setting for a page / plotter that you would change when you clicked plot...Obviously not :)
Anyway, with it setup to A1, landscape etc. Click plot - the job sends ok, spools, and displays on the plotter as processing from its given location, and then nothing happens.
I figured that they might not be coming through as id sent so many jobs & the spooler / buffer and thought it might be full so restarted the plotter. - i then restarted the machine.. tried printing again but nothing..
Came back to I.T dept - spoke with a few other guys in the dept - they double checked the settings id made and felt that they were ok, got a call from eng to say there was a black test page coming through - odd.. very delayed if anything and i dont remember printing a black test page..
Anyway, checked the settings again and clicked plot .. it came out - but had the page setup incorrectly - needed to be landsacpe not portrait, so again changed the page by going into the page setup manager and saved it.
Clicked plot - nothing..
Tried deleting the settings, restarting both plotter & machine - still nothing..
Spent far to long on this now and would appreciate some top tips to get it sorted once and for all..