Check your settings in software. When you click file, then print, click properties. software settings overwrite control panel settings. dpi also affects speed. Check paper size guides in paper tray and verify with software settings as well. Also verify if it is occurring with one particular document/program or from any other document/program. Update any program software with the latest version, patch, etc... If you have updated your printer driver software from what was originally used (ie using newer version or switched from PCL5 to PCL6 ) try downgrading. Remember whenever you change printer driver, you must uninstall/delete driver completely, reboot and then install new driver.
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The printer is an inkjet printer. Inkjet printers are slow printers compared to laser printers.
Also the print speed depends on the size of the document printed. If it is a large photo or file, it will take longer than small notepad file.
Speed also depends on coverage. A page with a lot of it covered in ink, will take longer than a page which is only coverd in ink on a small part.
Also the print speed depends on computer memory and USB cable. Fast cable and a lot of memory mean fast transmission of data to the printer. Slow cable and small amount of memory (512Mb, or 256Mb or less) mean slow transmission of data to printer
This sounds more like a software bottleneck than a printer problem although if printer memory is skimpy and your application is using it for the merge function, additional memory in the printer (it is normally expandable) may help speed things.
The printer cannot make up speed if it isn't getting the data from the computer.
If its speed is as rated for simple printing, the printer is likely innocent in the slowdown.
check the Task manager for the Process that is taking a lot of CPU usage. It might be "spoolsv.exe"
Go to Start >> Run (press windows key + R on Vista) and in the run dialog box type "services.msc" without the quotes and press Enter. Services window will open up. Search for Print Spooler service, right click on it and click Stop, Now check the performance of PC. Restart the service again and then check again. In case the issue is not a major one, it should be resolved but if the PC becomes slow again on restarting the service, uninstall and reinstall the drivers for the Printer again.
Generally the ZM 400 can cope with printing at the lower speeds when printing barcoedes that are the same. You may get pauses if the barcodes are sequential numbers or are all different, then the data to be transfered to the printer cannot cannot keep up with the printer and pauses while it gets more data. We have found that if you can select in your labelling software to print the barcode as a graphic, then it speed up quite a lot. It is a matter of matching your print speed and quality to match your expectations, sometimes you will just have to put up with the pauses.
it may just be a slow printer head, maybe an upgrade is in order. look on the box for page printing speed.
it may also be that you have the resolution set too high for basic printing. try turning this down slightly.