Printer through a shared printer is horribly slow.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Upstech, Jun 11, 2007.

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    Upstech Guest

    I am using Windows Vista Home and am having problems printing to a shared
    printer. The shared printer is connected to a Windows XP workstation. The
    printer is a sharp copier connected via USB. The network is two workstations
    in a workgroup connected via a wireless connection. It takes a very long time
    and even times out when printing from peachtree. I have never experienced an
    issue like this with XP. Any suggestions or comments would be greatly
    Upstech, Jun 11, 2007
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    freddy Guest


    Take a look at the following exchange concerning a similar issue I copied
    from another forum. You may be able to gain some insight from it to enable
    you to apply some of their comments to your situation:

    Setting up and sharing a printer on a network can tax the mind. Let us know
    whether anything here helps. People want to know.
    freddy, Jun 11, 2007
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    freddy Guest

    freddy, Jun 12, 2007
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    freddy Guest


    I neglected to ask whether the printer drivers are compatible with Vista?
    I'm not sure how sharing a printer on a network using the same drivers on two
    versions of Windows works. Anyone?
    freddy, Jun 12, 2007
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    Upstech Guest

    I appreciate the replies but I am very familiar with setting up a shared
    printer. The printer is already shared but printing from vista to XP is just
    terribly slow. I was just looking to see if anyone else is experiencing the
    issue. The driver I used for the printer on the XP machine is actually
    compatible for XP and Vista. The printer works fine thru most application its
    just that it locks up printing from Peachtree.
    Upstech, Jun 12, 2007
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    freddy Guest


    Oh, OK. I didn't appreciate the point you were making. That can happen
    when one is trying to understand a situation from afar.
    freddy, Jun 12, 2007
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    Upstech Guest

    Oh no worries. I appreciate the responses either way.
    Upstech, Jun 12, 2007
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    Kiwi John Guest

    Hey, you may well have found a better solution now, but this is what I
    learned. Install the printer on your Vista machine as a local printer. In the
    port name put the path to the shared printer on the XP machine eg. \\xp
    computer\printer. Make sure you install the Vista driver for the printer on
    the vista machine. (If you install as a network printer Windows automatically
    installs the driver off the XP machine and you can't change it)

    I did this and printing from the vista machine was as fast as printing from
    the XP machine that the printer was attached to. Also resolved all the
    printing issues I had with Office products, particularly Word 2003.
    Kiwi John, Aug 21, 2007
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    john Guest


    Ah - someone who has had similar ****** problems to me! Sorry to be a
    nuisance, but could I just make sure I understand what I need to do to put
    things right ....

    At present, my printer is on my VISTA Pc and can be accessed from my
    networked (via a router) XP Pc. Yes, using the printer from the XP Pc is
    awful (very slow, Word problems, etc).

    Would it be the case that, as my printer (an Epson Stylus CX5200)
    manufacturer does not supply a VISTA driver, there would be no point in my
    trying your suggested solution?

    No doubt a daft question but still hoping you can help (!) ...

    [To reply to me ONLY, remove the 'zy_']
    john, Aug 21, 2007
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