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Printing a PDF, file size keeps expanding in spooler

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I have a user that when he prints a PDF the file size blows out. example, 3mb PDF file opened in adobe pdf viewer. All print settings checked and set to default. Once print is clicked and opening the printing icon in task bar the file says paused spooling, the 3mb file keeps expanding and eventually gets to over 20mb before printing, Naturally this takes some time. This will happen with only PDF files.

WinXP SP3
Fresh image installed
Only effects 1 user
Tried different printers also
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PDFs are normally compressed.  JPEGs and other compressed formats will do that also.  The files have to be 'rendered' as an image the printer can understand when you print them.  That's why the printer queue is bigger than the original file.  That's normal.
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i have printed the same document however on other computers within our organisation and they print virtually straight away
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by:Reece Dodds
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usually the time it take to spool the document is determined by the compression used in the PDF and the amount of RAM the printer has.  
eg. Our HP Colour LaserJet with 64MB will take 4 chunks (3-5 mins) to print a 12MB PDF which is full of images because it decompresses in the spooler to about 155MB.  
There are settings in both the printer properties and Adobe Reader to (not necessarily help) make things in the printing process different.
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you could try the following:

Open the properties dialog box for the printer.
Click the Advanced tab.
Click the Print directly to the printer option.

Note -  This will disable all print processor-based features such as the following features:
N-up
Watermark
Booklet printing
Driver collation
Scale-to-fit

Once EMF spooling is turned off, you can use the Application to perform any N-up printing needed.

source = http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919543
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thanks for help. ended up being a network issue. The port on the switch the user is on is having problems.
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Problem was hardware related.
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