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Acrobat won't print multiple pages

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I am printing both pages of a 2-page document on a single 8.5x11 sheet.  I have twenty such
documents, all created with the same program. Most documents print correctly, with both pages
side by side, but a few of them will only print the first page leaving the right half of the paper
blank.  The only way I can print the right page is to force the printer to print only that page.
All documents were created with the same settings, and I have recreated the PDFs that won't
print both pages several times but with no success.  All settings are the same for all documents.
What could be causing these documents to not print multiple pages on one sheet?

I have tried printing the documents to two different printers with the same results from both.

Windows 7 Professional, HP Officejet Pro 8500 Premiere, HP Deskjet 1220c
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by:starman54
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I apologize.  I was expecting email.  This is my first time here! Am I too late?
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by:Herman D'Hondt
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Try selecting "Print as Image" under the advanced button in the Print dialogue box.

It's very hard to give any indication as to why some PDFs won't print correctly. The problem could be in the application that creates them, in the printer driver, or in various other places. If you have a printer that supports PostScript, that may give better results than GDI printers like the HP inkjets.
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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Update your printer driver. Problems like this are usually caused by printer drivers that are older than the version of Acrobat you are using. I've seen this a number of times before, mainly with Canon and HP printers.
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by:wyliecoyoteuk
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It may well be that some pages are too large, even one extra line can cause a blank page to follow.
Make sure that the paper size is correct on all pages (e.g. not letter when it should be A$, or vice versa).
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I discovered that, depending on what the settings are to create a pdf document, some documents are created with layers imbedded into the document, and that (also depending on settings of the printer and computer) will cause various funny things to happen when printing.  The solution is to "optimize" the document (Document>Optimize).  This fixed every document that would not print correctly.
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It worked.
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