delay between copies when printing multi-copy Word document.
Posted on 2010-08-17
A replacement server for printing labels (and other documents) on networked printers pauses too long between labels.
Old (still production) server:
- Server 2003
- Word 2003
- Server 2008 Std 32-bit
- Word 2007.
There are several printers defined on the server as local printers using TCP/IP ports. The application uses Word to send print jobs to various printers for labels, shippers, invoices, etc.
With the new server, the output sent to laser printers is (or seems) faster than from the old server, and the application only needs to print one copy -- this is all great. The label printers (Zebra 105Se 203DPI) print single copies fine, but when there are multiple copies of the same label (Word specifies the requested number of labels when printing the label document), there is a delay of about 10 or 15 seconds between each label. On the old server, once the printer started printing a multi-copy document, the labels (multiple copies) would just roll smoothly out of the printer with no delays.
- I've tried installing an updated printer driver (from NiceLabel.com -- those drivers worked best on old server), but the delay between labels still occurred -- no change. Printer settings are the same on both servers.
- I tried printing multiple copies from Word and Notepad on the new server to a LaserJet 4200, and it would only print one copy (that didn't prove anything, but that was the result of the test).
There are lots of variables, and it might be hard for anyone to give an opinion based on the few details I've provided, but I'm just wondering if anyone has seen a similar problem or might have some suggestions. Thank you!