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Slow printer switching

I have a simple file sharing network.  4 computers and 2 network printers.  When two people are on the server with multiple documents open from there computers,  they try to switch from there local printer to one of the network printers it can take 3 to 5 minutes for it to switch over.  When they don't have any documents open and then try to switch printers it works fine.   The server has 512 ram.  Can someone please help figure out what is causing this?  The server is running windows xp sp2.  
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wantabe2Commented:
To rule out computer issues, try installing printers via a TCP/IP port using the printers IP address in the printer port settings. This way, the print job will not be using a server & will be going straight to the printer.
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pwarren1212Author Commented:
They are setup with an IP address, not on the server.  That's what I don't understand.  Thanks for the suggestion.  
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wantabe2Commented:
If the printer is plugged into a managed switch, set the port on the switch & the NIC on the printer at 100 full duplex. If it is an unmanaged switch, make sure the port on the printer is set to auto.
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pwarren1212Author Commented:
It is plugged into an unmanaged switch.  I'll look at the port on the printer.  It will be tomorrow though.  But would that make a difference with the number of applications open on the server and then trying to switch to the network printer.  

Thanks
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wantabe2Commented:
yes, if there is a duplex mismatch on the switch or NIC
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pwarren1212Author Commented:
I am going to end this question.  Nothing I've tried works.  I am just going to assume this is an issue that cannot be fixed.  They will just have to close applications if they don't want to wait for the printer to switch.   Thanks for all suggestion.
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