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The action of sending a document to print creates a bigger file, often called a postscript file.

Printers have only a small amount of memory, called a buffer. This can be easily overloaded. Printing a document also uses a considerable amount of CPU power. This will also slow down the computer's performance.

If the printer is trying to print unusual characters, these might not be recognised, and can crash the computer. Sometimes printers will not recover from a crash because of confusion in the buffer. A good way to clear the buffer is to unplug the printer for ten seconds. Booting up from a powerless state, also called a cold boot, will restore the printer's default settings and you may be able to carry on.

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how to fix postcript for hp 1005 mfp printer


Here's the manual.
An encapsulated PostScript (EPS) file does not print with the correct fonts. Cause Solution This problem occurs with some programs. ? Try downloading the fonts that are contained in the EPS file to the device before printing. ? Send the file in ASCII format instead of binary encoding.

http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c00682960.pdf

May 18, 2015 | HP LaserJet M1005 MFP Printer

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acribat reader ir 3300 canon printer wery slowprint what is solution


Removing and reinstalling the printer driver will fix most issues such as this.

But if you are finding its just slow for PDF files read on.

If we break down the actual issue you will find that its not so much the actual printing part of the process that is slow, its actually the spooling/converting the document to the printer that takes the time.
Does your printer support PostScript printing ? (PostScript is a printing & imaging standard used by many printers) To find out if your printer does indeed support this either refer to your manufacturers documentation or perform a test page and look to see if you have a PostScript enabled option.

If your printer does support PostScript, make sure you are using its PostScript printer driver, most of the time we generally use PCL drivers, so simply change this.

Firstly we can force PDF files to be printed as graphics as opposed to text, to do this launch your chosen PDF viewer, select Print > Advanced > Print as image

This can also help to increase just about any slow PDF printing issues as it means that a soft font does not have to be created as the file is directly converted to a graphic and then printed as such.

Lower the print resolution (this can be changed from both the Windows print settings and from the printer itself if it has a LCD type panel) If we lower the print resolution most of the time the difference is very small, but it can reduce the actual file print size of the document by up to 300%, which can greatly decrease printing times, especially if your pc or printer does not have lots of memory (RAM)

Make sure you are using the very latest version of any print drivers or your chosen PDF printing program, normally Adobe Acrobat, as this will provide the most stable and efficient platform.

If the printer only has a small amount of memory if possible add more, if possible install a Post Script SI MM.

Feb 11, 2011 | Canon Ic2300N Printer

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Prints PDF documents VERY slowly (4-5) per page


The actual issue you will find that its not so much the actual printing part of the process that is slow, its actually the spooling to the printer that takes the time.
Does your printer support PostScript printing ? (PostScript is a printing & imaging standard used by many printers) To find out if your printer does indeed support this either refer to your manufacturers documentation or perform a test page and look to see if you have a PostScript enabled option.
If your printer does support PostScript, make sure you are using its PostScript printer driver, most of the time we generally use PCL drivers, so simply change this.

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If you find your printer does not support PostScript there are a few other tweaks we can implement to increase printing speed.

Firstly we can force PDF files to be printed as graphics as opposed to text, to do this launch your chosen PDF viewer, select Print > Advanced > Print as image
Lower the print resolution, if we lower the print resolution most of the time the difference is very small, but it can reduce the actual print size of the document by up to 300%, which can greatly decrease printing times.
Make sure you are using the latest version of any print drivers or your chosen PDF printing program, normally Adobe Acrobat.
If the printer only has a small amount of memory if possible add more, if possible install a PostScript SIMM.
Check the amount of ram your computer currently has, check memory usage from task manager when printing to ascertain usage

May 19, 2010 | HP Color LaserJet 2600n Printer

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I cannot print pdf-file. Why?


1. Choose Start > Settings > Printers (Windows 2000) or Start > Printers and Faxes (Windows XP). 2. Right-click the printer, and then choose Properties from the menu. 3. Click the General tab, click Printing Preferences, and then click Advanced. 4. Expand the Document Options, and then expand the PostScript Options. 5. Set Send PostScript Error Handler to Yes.

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/316/316508.html

Jan 20, 2010 | Samsung SCX-4500 Laser Printer

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