AutoCAD A3 printing problem

Hello all,

   does anyone has any experience with stubborn AutoCAD printing? I have AutoCAD 13 x64 on full patched and virus-free Windows 7 - Professional, and I can't get it to print to A3.

   The printer is Canon IR2270, for which I have updated drivers and tried printing from other programs, which worked.

   AutoCAD won't publish to PDF in A3, or Plot to Acrobat Distiller in A3 either.

   I tried fiddling with both the printer settings and AutoCad settings, but with no prevail.

   Any suggestions?
mrmutAsked:
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gheistCommented:
What "updated" driver you use?
PCL5
PCL5 p/e PCL6
PCL6
PS PPD
PS driver
UFR2

Autocad generates postscript directly, for rest it uses windows print system. So at least try one postscript and one other driver.
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mrmutAuthor Commented:
I am using Canon UFR2.

Will try postscript directly, this monday.
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gheistCommented:
You can have multiple printer definitions with different drivers.
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mrmutAuthor Commented:
//Sorry, haven't managed to test the printer, there were issues in the production they needed to solve, so they pushed me few days off.
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Iain MacMillanIT Regional Manager - UKCommented:
in the past i had real issues with Canon printers/MFDs and AutoCAD.  not great at making Autodesk proof drivers -- find Xerox much better to work and deal with.

You could try to use the free CutePDF which creates a 'printer' to target and make the PDF file of your drawing, which in turn might be easier to plot/print to.

Also check your Plot template for your drawings, to make sure they are linked to the correct printer and Q.  You could try and map the printer direct via IP address and manual driver install, and see if by passing your print server gives you a fix.
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mrmutAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot on these advices, will check them up.

I did try several things last week, and nothing worked. There was one instance when nothing at all was coming out of the printer, and it was reported that the printer printed out _correctly_ everything that was sent to print *yesterday* (after starting it in the morning. Go figure...

No other clients have this problem.

Regarding plot template - I don't have experience with those, how do I create a new "clean" plot template to alleviate possible issues?
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Iain MacMillanIT Regional Manager - UKCommented:
on the drawings, their should be a print properties function, that you can check the plot details, to make sure it is the right size paper, the right type of paper to match what the printer has loaded and most importantly, it has a valid printer/plotter print Q assigned.

I think if you manually add the printer to one system, directly by IP address, then see if you can print direct -- you may have some intermittent issue with your print server/spooler or drivers.
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mrmutAuthor Commented:
I spent several hours last session with the printer, and was utterly pi**ed off with it.

When I put something to plot, it doesn't plot anything, _until_ i restart the spooler service, or the printer itself.

Currently, I am planning to delete all printers and printer drivers from the system, and than try adding one by one to see what might work. This is scheduled to Monday.

Will report back certainly, thanks you your effort!
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gheistCommented:
you need to restart autocad after re-setting spooler.... good luck!!!
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Iain MacMillanIT Regional Manager - UKCommented:
good luck, sounds like you may well have a spooler/driver/port issue -- if in doubt, wipe all printers/drivers/ports.  If its a 64bit OS, use the latest drivers for the printer & OS (sometimes the manufacturer do a global driver to work with many of its products, they are just as good).

is there another system (laptop), you can use to test as well, just incase there is a fault with the system you are testing.  might be worth considering a wipe & rebuild which will save you time and a headache if its not fixable in a few hours!
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mrmutAuthor Commented:
Hello, thanks all, but in the end I didn't manage to actually find a problem.

The user tried experimenting on his own, and found a printer installation that seems to work. - As (Iain) you say, this is probably driver/spooler issue, because of the way the problem manifested itself. (The printing worked with weird combination of restarting printer and the user's computer.)

Thanks a lot, the last answer seems most sensible to actually solving the issue in this case.
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Iain MacMillanIT Regional Manager - UKCommented:
cheers for the feedback and update, hopefully this will help anyone with a similar issue in the future.
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mrmutAuthor Commented:
To be honest, I am not so sure. Fixing Spooler problem might be quite of a problem, and realistically not much can be done.

There are a few things, like deleting and reinstalling drivers, or sfc /scannow, but in the end I don't really know what worked, and what didn't. Don't like these half-problems at all, because there is no clear indication what happened.

Thanks all for help tho. :-)
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