Slow Shared Printer - Extrememly Slow Shared Printer


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Nash_deVille

Problem:
1) Extremely slow shared printer response
2) application nonresponsive while printing

Network Topography:
1 Vista Home Premium 32 PC
1 Vista Home Premium 64 PC
Cisco SD2008 Switch
1 HP 4050 Laserjet (Parallel connected to Vista 32 Machine above)

Configuration of Printer:
Connected via parallel to Vista 32 machine
Printer is configured for sharing and is installed on both machines
test pages print successfully from both machines

Additional notes:
During printer setup on the Vista 32 machine, I attempted to install
additional 64x drivers, but could not locate them, so I skipped this step.

During printer setup on the Vista 64 machine, the shared printers were
identified successfully, and I added the network printer. I was not asked to
install drivers the way I have in the past when adding a local printer.

Printing using the shared printer on the local machine Vista 32 performs
with normal speeds. Printing from the network computer Vista 64 using the
shared printer installed on Vista 32 is extremely slow. Even typing in print
job changes in the print dialog window takes 30 seconds or so for each key
stroke to register a response onscreen.


PLEASE ADVISE HOW TO SET UP SHARED PRINTER SO IT PRINTS WITH SPEEDS MORE
LIKE A LOCAL PRINTER WOULD DELIVER.
 
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Jack [MVP-Networking]

Hi
The Printer's drivers are probably available native to Windows and it
installed without asking.
Could be that the Network transfer is very slow. Set on the File Sharing and
measure the speed of local transfer on the Network.
Make sure that the Software Firewall on each computer allows free local
traffic. If you use 3rd party Firewall On, Vista/XP Native Firewall should
be Off, and the active Firewall has to adjusted to your Network IP numbers
on what is some time called the Trusted Zone (consult your 3rd Party
Firewall instructions.
General example, http://www.ezlan.net/faq#trusted
Vista File and Printer Sharing-
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727037.aspx
Jack (MVP-Networking).
 
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Nash_deVille

Hello Jack,

Thank you for trying to help solve this problem.

In response to your post, I took the following steps:

1. Verified both computers are on the same workgroup.
2. Verified printer sharing "on" in the Network & Sharing Manager
3. Verified both computers' firewall settings are set to allow sharing in
the local network, which is set as a trusted zone.
4. I did not measure the transfer rate except to look at the statistics in
the performance monitor while printing. Printing related commands input on
Vista 64 take forever to result in CPU, Memory, or Disk activity on Vista 32.
However, ordinary file access (for example, clicking onto the other
computer's shared files and folders) is lightening fast, with no noticable
difference from direct local file access.
5. The problem remains.

I look forward to additional insight. Has anyone seen this problem and
solved it?

Nash deVille
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Nash_deVille

I ended up calling MSFT Technical Support, who claim the drivers are the
culprits. I am skeptical of their diagnosis.
 
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Nash_deVille

Thanks for your post. I tried your fix, and I have a question.
When it asks for the name of the port, is any name okay or do you need to
enter the path as the name? If the path is the needed name, then how do I
determine the name of the printer?

When I enter a name, the next step presents the select driver dialog, or
presents a display of the installed printers to select from. What about that
part?

Maybe if you could be exactly precise step by step I will be able to follow
this fix. I am up for trying. I look forward to your reply.
 

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