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SLOW, SLOW PRINTING

THIS IS AN OLDER PRINTER THAT WE TAKE WITH US IN THE MOTOR HOME. THE SLOW PERFORMANCE STARTED LAST YEAR, TAKING SEVERAL MINUTES TO PRINT A HALF PAGE OF BLACK FAST DRAFT. I BOUGHT A NEW PRINTER HP DESKJET D4200 SERIES AND IT WASN'T A WHOLE LOT FASTER SO THIS YEAR I BROUGHT THE OLDER SMALLER 3550 WITH JUST A BLACK CARTRIDGE, NO COLOUR NEEDED. IT SEEMS THAT EVERYOTHER PINTER I SEE PRINTS MUCH, MUCH FASTER THAT MY HP's NOW. SUCH WAS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE. WHEN I GOT THE 3550 IT WAS QUITE FAST. THE D4200 ON THE OTHER HAND HAS BEEN REALITIVELY SLOW MOST OF THE TIME. IT DOES SEEM TO PRINT THINGS FROM THE INTERNET FAIRLY FAST BUT PRINTING FROM MY QUATTRO PRO AND WORD PERFECT PROGRAMS IT IS SLOW. HELP, JAKE AUSTIN

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Try saving the things you want to print as a pdf file, then print them from there

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