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Slow printing of Acrobat pdf files on HP Laserjet 1300

Ekse,

I have Mac G5 and HP Laserjet 1300 printer. I've had printer for couple of years, works great on everything except Acrobe PDF documents. It prints PDF file VERY slowly. Like 1 page per 5 minutes!!
What's wrong here?

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  • chrisprof Sep 26, 2008

    I don't have a Windows Start menu; I'm using OS X latest version (10.5.5). Slow printing of PDF files was a problem on 10.4 as well.
    All pdf files, no matter the origin, are SLOW to print.



  • chrisprof Sep 27, 2008

    I'm still looking for an answer.

  • chrisprof Sep 27, 2008

    I downloaded lastest print driver. No help.

    I noted in the printer utility that the print job is given status = Printing with a note that says "GenericClass: waiting for device"
    When I print same document on my Canon inkjet printer, "sending data" appears immediately and printing begins. This is an HP printer problem?

  • chrisprof Sep 27, 2008

    The adobe site did not really help. It was aimed at Illustrator problems with non Post Script printers. I suspect my problem DOES have something to do with the HP Laserjet NOT being a PostScript printer. Nonetheless, it's hard to imagine that Adobe and HP can't work together WELL!

  • chrisprof Sep 27, 2008

    Just a reminder: I DON'T have a PC. This is a MAC.

  • chrisprof Sep 27, 2008

    This is a MAC, NOT a PC.

  • chrisprof Sep 29, 2008

    A different ink cartridge? You've got to be kidding! Let's get real.

  • kahenry Apr 28, 2009

    I cannot print PDFs or some web pages. I am using Mac 10.4.11, Acrobat 8 Professional and an old HP1200. I get a variety of error messages when trying to print PDFs from the web. I assumed it was my printer, but I haven't had that problem before that I can remember.

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    Hp Deskjet 2050 J510 series takes awhile to spool then will not print a pdf document but prints other documents.

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Hey look, sorry for all the BS you've been given. Its an issue here.

How much ram does your laser jet hold right now?

This would be the choke point on an HP laser jet.

A typical PDF file in high res can be many many megabytes in size and the HP Laser treats these documents as an image file, same in true in Windows, but uses local ram not printer ram like an Apple.

So, if you have a 256K chip, its possible, on your printer and the file is 4-6 MBs in size, you could be looking at a 16-20 minute print job.

I'm not familiar with any tricks to get your printer to use local ram as a cache. If you have Boot Camp, you might consider starting that emulator up and printing from that interface. No real hope for a difference but its worth the try.

Hope that give you some real thoughts to chew over.

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Worldvet

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Ok this is simply because of the printer spooler and because PDF's are much larger that is why. Here are the instructions on how to print another way to print a little quicker.

Posted on Sep 26, 2008

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    Lee A. Sep 26, 2008

    First off when you are printing go to the printing options and go to a much lower DPI setting the higher your dpi the longer it will take and it is not really necessary for text documents. If you still need further assistance let me know.
    Thanks,
    Lee


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    Lee A. Sep 26, 2008


    • Click on the Windows Start menu

    • Click on Settings

    • Click on Printers and Faxes

    • Select the printer you normally use

    • Click the Right Mouse button to bring
      up the printers context menu

    • Select Printing Preferences... from
      the right mouse menu

    • Click on the Paper/Quality tab

    • Click on the Advanced... button

    • Click on the Graphics item

    • Click on the Print-Quality item

    • From the drop down list, change the
      resolution from "300 x 300 dots per inch" to...

    • Change to "300 x 300 dots per inch"

    • Click on the OK buttons (two OK
      buttons) to save the new setting


  • Lee A.
    Lee A. Sep 26, 2008

    also are you printing this from a pdf on the internet or just from a standalone pdf file? '
    Thanks,
    Lee


  • Lee A.
    Lee A. Sep 26, 2008

    Sorry forgot about that one. use to pc's. You can try and lower the dpi though I don't think that is possible. This is actually a common problem and as i have seen no sure way to fix it.
    http://h20180.www2.hp.com/apps/Nav?h_pag...
    for the official answer I would go to this link and you can enter live tech support. If you still need assistance let me know. Please take a moment to accept and rate my solution.
    Thanks,
    Lee


  • Lee A.
    Lee A. Sep 27, 2008

    Its actually a known issue that they have and I have seen no simple solution for. You may want to consider upgrading to a different printer.
    Thanks,
    Lee


  • Lee A.
    Lee A. Oct 06, 2008

    Like I said. I gave you all the possible recommendations. You may want to research and upgrade printers that is your only viable option. You've been given all possible options. If you found some other option please let me know as I would love to hear another possible solution.
    Good luck,
    lee


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I had the exact same issue awhile back printing to an hp printer from a mac. Anything more than a page or two would take forever. (an hour or more for 15 pages).
Click print from within the pdf, then advanced. Check the box for print as image, then ok. It printed the whole document within a couple of minutes instead of an hour.
I know this doesn't solve the reason why it won't print the normal way, but at least it will print.

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Hello,

I beleave this is a issue with the drivers, I'l look into this more but I suspect there is no easy fix for this, other than geting another type of printer. but hold on. lets see what I can dig up.

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We have the same problem though with a slightly older networked HP laserjet. Takes forever to print from our Mac, same .pdf file prints as fast as the printer can feed the paper from an old P4 Windoze box running XP. I wish I had a real solution for us but this is what we've had to resort to for some, not all, .pdf printing from the Mac.

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I have a MacBook Air and HP Photosmart C6280 All-in-One.  I couldn't even get a connection to the printer when I tried to print PDF files.  Alas, I saved the file to my desktop, highlight the file, press command "i", click on "OPEN WITH" and select PREVIEW.  Then select FILE, PRINT.  Spit it out just like other documents...fast and furious. Hope this helps.  Learned that from the HP site.  Put in your printer name and your problem and it was right there.

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Just click the link below;

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00250183/c00250183.pdf

Hope this may help you;

Regards,
VOTIT

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This is a compatibility issue between the HP printer and the MAC OS. Since you said that the Canon printer works perfectly well, there must be a driver issue here. Well, I guess the only solution (apart from using a different printer) is to contact HP support and wait for an update on the drivers....

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Every thing is perfectly alright in your printer and your computer.its always the problem in printing the pdf files from the printer as the prints very slow then the normal /regular documents.and even the pc hangs sometime while printing and the printers light keeps on blinking and nothing happens.

in this case its the problem of your pc :----just upgrade the version of your pc and increase the memory of your pc by changing the capacity of the RAM on *********** board use 256 or 512 .
also delete the unwanted files from the pc as well as from recycle bin.
this will make the printing quiet faster.

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Try checking this link for some steps that you can take in solving this problem http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=322680

Hope that helps..............

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    Mark Gil Sep 27, 2008

    Yes, there's alot of issue between them so the next stpe here that you can try is to use a different printer and check if that will be working fine....

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I reccomind trying a different ink carterage
there are some caces that ink carterage defects

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