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HP Designjet 430 Slow Printing

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I have a HP designjet 430 (E/AO-size) plotter that I'm trying to get working.  It's connected to a desktop PC running windows XP SP2 via parralel printer cable.  Plotter has 36MB of RAM which I'm told is the maximum, and was recently serviced.  I also downloaded the latest driver from HP on the PC.

When I plot an AO drawing (PDF format) my PC says preparing and the plotter "ready" light flashes.  Then nothing happens for 3 mins and 15 seconds.  After that it starts to plot and the speed is acceptable.

My question is does anyone know how to speed up the plot, ideally getting rid of the 3 min+ delay when it seems to do nothing.  Has anyone had a similar problem?

Thanks.


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I was able to answer a similar slow print question recently within EE using the methods listed in this link.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Peripherals/Printers_Scanners/HP/Q_23483251.html
I hope this helps.
David
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I would try to find out in what end the problem is by plotting to a file and afterwards copy this file to the plotter.
HTH
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by:Peter_Cull
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Hi,
Thanks for your answers.  I've tried changing the spool settings with no improvement.  The delay also occurs on 2 other machines, one of which has never printed to it before and had driver installed from HP site.  I think it's a problem with the plotter itself, so will send it off for repair.
Thanks, Peter.
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