Print dialogue box slow to appear

Dear Experts,

I'm stumped. Never seen anything like this before. Hope you can shed some light. Tried everything I know.

Introduced three brand new Compaq PC onto the LAN of about 20-30 machines. Very fast specs (ie. Dual CPU, 3Gb RAM, XP Pro SP2) so performance should not be an issue. The PC's are excellent in every aspect with exception to one having printing issues. All PC's came with Office 2007 but has been downgraded to Office XP because of an incompatibility with existing specialised software (no surprises there!). On the affected machine the print dialogue box takes 20-30 seconds to appear with print jobs on networked locations or from networked based software, but will appear normally with documents that are on the hard drive, or to printers connected to local ports.

The LAN config is as follows;

SBS 2003 server on a Dell PowerEdge 2950 (Rack mounted, heaps of memory and CPU power)
All PC Clients use DHCP and roaming profiles. Network speed is 10/100.
All networked printers are not shared through the server. Instead for each client PC I have setup a local port mapped to the IP address for each printer. Ie. HP 4350 prints to 10.0.0.213. Works beautifully for all clients except this one machine. On the affected PC I have upgraded to the latest printer drivers and NIC drivers, I have tried printing directly to all printers to no avail. The print quality has also been downgraded to the lowest settings to no avail. The affected machine also takes forever to open .pdf files using Adobe Acrobat 8.1.1, which has now been uninstalled and replaced with PDF viewer.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
reymentkAsked:
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kroberts00Commented:
Any chance you have a disconnected network share on the one PC or a driver from a printer you no longer use?
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maestromasadaCommented:
Hi there, I would suggest to run msconfig and disable from the start up the adobe reader synchronizer if it is still there. Also set the printer driver on that affected machine not to use a PCL driver.
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reymentkAuthor Commented:
Hi kroberts00,

I'm afraid it's a no to both of these questions.
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reymentkAuthor Commented:
Hi maestromasda,

I have checked that msconfig does not include the adobe reader synchronizer and have installed the Postcript drivers for a HP LJ 4350 and made it the default printer. The printer dialogue box still takes ages to open when printing networked files. Local files and test pages are fine.
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kroberts00Commented:
Have you tried multiple profiles ?
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maestromasadaCommented:
Change the driver in the affected station from HP 4350 to HP LaserJet 4, that should be compatible and should let you print. With this change we'll see if there is a problem with the driver in that particular station. You said it works fine in all the rest, right?
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johnb6767Commented:
Works fine in NON office apps as well?

I would seriously think it has some remnants of office 2007 on it.....

How was the Office downgrade applied?
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reymentkAuthor Commented:
Hi Johnb6767,

NON office apps are affected as well. Always the print dialogue box taking ages to appear.

Office 2007 was removed through Add/Premove programs then pc rebooted. Office XP then applied as a custom install with only Word & Excel installed.
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reymentkAuthor Commented:
Hi maestromasada,

I forgot to mention in my initial comments that I had installed another instance of the HP 4350 printer but with the Lasterjet 4 drivers. This made no change. The more I delve into this, the more I think the drivers aren't the problem.
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johnb6767Commented:
I dont think it is.....

Could you uninstall Office XP and retest?
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reymentkAuthor Commented:
Hi kroberts00,

Thanks for the suggestion as I hadn't thought of that. I'm able to confirm it affects any profile on the pc.
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maestromasadaCommented:
Open a cmd prompt window, "ping 10.0.0.213 -t" and try to print, see if it time out at any time.
Try to uninstall Office XP like johnb6767 suggested  and before install it and then print a .doc from the network using wordpad, does it still freezes?
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reymentkAuthor Commented:
I'm not sure who to award points to. Here's what happened.

1. I added an instance of the HP 4350 with Postcript drivers and made that the default as suggested by maestromasda. No change to length of time it took to open printer dialogue box.
2. Couple of days later the user in question had issues with her PC. She went to print and all the printer icons had disappeared. It was almost as if the print spooler had had a serious meltdown.
3. The PC was rebooted and all the printer icons re-appeared. Printing since then has been problem free.
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johnb6767Commented:
Sounds as if there were documents stuck in the spooler, for one of the printers......

Glad you got it though....
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