spool to hdd memory to small for document printed

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i have a hp colour laser printer with 64 mb of RAM, a user is trying to print a PDF file if i go into the print properties of the printer it says that the document is 205MB  big.  it keeps erroring saying not enough memory on the printer. can i change settings so that it spools it to the hdd and then in chunks so that the printer can handle it?  i have been printing a page at a time to keep the size down.  it is only 6 pages so not too much of a hard ship, but i dont want to do this everytime.  or do i need to get more memory for the printer?
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This is a fix presented in an article about power point presentations that generated the same error (last item in the article):
changing your printer memory settings to compensate. In Win9x and WinMe, click Start, Settings, and Printers. In WinXP click Start, Control Panel, Printers And Other Hardware, and Printers And Faxes. Right-click the icon for the printer that is causing the trouble and click Properties. Select the Device Options or Device Settings tab in the resulting dialog box and look for an Available Printer Memory or Printer Memory entry and use the arrow buttons or drop-down menu to select the total amount of RAM installed in your printer. Check your printer's documentation or the manufacturer's Web site to determine what this amount is. Click Apply and try to print the presentation again.
http://www.smartcomputing.com/editorial/article.asp?guid=&bJumpto=true&Isfrm=IN&article=articles/webonly/techsupport/419w10/19w01.asp&ArticleID=31159
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If your Available Printer Memory is set correctly, or changing it to the correct size doesn't work, then I'd recommend upgrading the RAM in your printer.  

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so your saying in device settings this has to be set to the same as the amount of memory in the printer 64MB.  what is the difernece between "start printing after last page is spooled" and start printing immediately? would changing these help?  also the pdf file itself is about 2.5 mb in file size and consists of 6 pages.  why when i print the file does it say in the print queue window that the file is 205MB?
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The reason it grows in size is due to the spooling procedure. Ok the doc might only be 2.5mb but i'm sure is't full of graphic etc, in whcih case the stream sent to the printer will be much larger, the data is spooled out to a format the printer recognises, usually pcl or ps and these need to describe what is on each page, the size, colour etc.. as well as the format on the page, so the info generally doubles on a text fiel adn is much larger whne graphics are involved

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yes you are correct, they are all graphics on each page.

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is there any reason why a page that is the same it has a graphic and a little bit of text prints faster when it is .doc rather than .pdf? i have the same document in both formats.
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When you print a pdf file it essentially prints as if each page were one large image file.  So, it typically takes longer to print than a .doc.
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I'll suggest a split in points.

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