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Zebra LP2844 on com1 long time before starts printing

I have downloaded and installed lastest drivers from Zebras site.
When in printer properties there is a button to print a test page.
When connected on lpt1 after pressing 'print test page' button it prints correct test label right away
When connected on com1 ie. serial port it prints correct test page and it prints it quickly when it prints it but from pressing button to starting to print the label there is a delay of about 45 seconds.
I also have a TLP2844 (same thing but uses a ribbon) and this does exactly the same thing.
I have tried a Citzen CLP521 on the same serial port - com1 and it works fine.
My Interlink parcel software does not see the printer either but may just be timing out ?
I have tried 2 different serial cables but no difference although neither were ones supplied with the machine.
Zebra customer support suggest upgrading the firmware - i have downloaded from the zebra website but it does not tell you have to upload it to the printer.
Any ideas ???

Kind regards - Scott
I have tried

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Re: Zebra LP2844 on com1 long time before starts printing

You need to increase the baud rate of the serial port on the printer and pc, the default baud rate of the serial port is 9600kbp which is heaps slower then the LPT port which can rate atleast 100 times faster.

the reason why it is taking 45sec before printing is because the pc is sending a lot of graphics data to the printer, this can be cause by two main things

1) you could be printing a lot of logos or graphics .


2) you are printing using a nonhardware font so the driver has to convert all of the text into graphics. you can fix this by selecting a hardware font (has a printer logo next to it's name in word). also outputting EPL (the printers native command language) would be extreamly quick.

you could also download ZebraDesigner which includes drivers.

i would also recommend not updating the firmware as it can do more harm then good, and if you make a mistake you kill the printer and it voids the warranty

best of luck

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Re: Zebra LP2844 on com1 long time before starts printing

Hi Tyreman
i have the same problem and i' ve spent to much time on this problem without solving it.

Have you solved ?
I print just TEXT without any graphics, so i have not understood the solution of gr0b...How can i do ? Can you be more clear ?

I have also another can i set the lenght of the page to print ? For example, if i need to print only 3 lines, the page must be short, if i print 50 lines the page must be longer.
I use continuos paper without label.
I hope i was clear, thank you for your answer.

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