Slow Shared Printer - Extrememly Slow Shared Printer

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Nash_deVille, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. Nash_deVille

    Nash_deVille Guest

    1) Extremely slow shared printer response
    2) application nonresponsive while printing

    Network Topography:
    1 Vista Home Premium 32 PC
    1 Vista Home Premium 64 PC
    Cisco SD2008 Switch
    1 HP 4050 Laserjet (Parallel connected to Vista 32 Machine above)

    Configuration of Printer:
    Connected via parallel to Vista 32 machine
    Printer is configured for sharing and is installed on both machines
    test pages print successfully from both machines

    Additional notes:
    During printer setup on the Vista 32 machine, I attempted to install
    additional 64x drivers, but could not locate them, so I skipped this step.

    During printer setup on the Vista 64 machine, the shared printers were
    identified successfully, and I added the network printer. I was not asked to
    install drivers the way I have in the past when adding a local printer.

    Printing using the shared printer on the local machine Vista 32 performs
    with normal speeds. Printing from the network computer Vista 64 using the
    shared printer installed on Vista 32 is extremely slow. Even typing in print
    job changes in the print dialog window takes 30 seconds or so for each key
    stroke to register a response onscreen.

    Nash_deVille, Jul 23, 2009
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  2. Hi
    The Printer's drivers are probably available native to Windows and it
    installed without asking.
    Could be that the Network transfer is very slow. Set on the File Sharing and
    measure the speed of local transfer on the Network.
    Make sure that the Software Firewall on each computer allows free local
    traffic. If you use 3rd party Firewall On, Vista/XP Native Firewall should
    be Off, and the active Firewall has to adjusted to your Network IP numbers
    on what is some time called the Trusted Zone (consult your 3rd Party
    Firewall instructions.
    General example,
    Vista File and Printer Sharing-
    Jack (MVP-Networking).
    Jack [MVP-Networking], Jul 24, 2009
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  3. Nash_deVille

    Nash_deVille Guest

    Hello Jack,

    Thank you for trying to help solve this problem.

    In response to your post, I took the following steps:

    1. Verified both computers are on the same workgroup.
    2. Verified printer sharing "on" in the Network & Sharing Manager
    3. Verified both computers' firewall settings are set to allow sharing in
    the local network, which is set as a trusted zone.
    4. I did not measure the transfer rate except to look at the statistics in
    the performance monitor while printing. Printing related commands input on
    Vista 64 take forever to result in CPU, Memory, or Disk activity on Vista 32.
    However, ordinary file access (for example, clicking onto the other
    computer's shared files and folders) is lightening fast, with no noticable
    difference from direct local file access.
    5. The problem remains.

    I look forward to additional insight. Has anyone seen this problem and
    solved it?

    Nash deVille
    Nash_deVille, Jul 24, 2009
  4. Nash_deVille

    Nash_deVille Guest

    I ended up calling MSFT Technical Support, who claim the drivers are the
    culprits. I am skeptical of their diagnosis.
    Nash_deVille, Sep 13, 2009
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    beerman1373 Guest

    I got your fix!!! Delete your printer an
    go the the configuration screen on your computer; printers; add a ne
    printer and then:
    1. chose: ''add a local printer;
    2. chose: 'new port'
    3. chose 'localport'
    4. type path to the networkprinter e.g. : \\someXPcomputer\HP6500
    5. print to this printer
    Worked like a champ!!!
    beerman1373, Sep 16, 2009
  6. Nash_deVille

    Nash_deVille Guest

    Thanks for your post. I tried your fix, and I have a question.
    When it asks for the name of the port, is any name okay or do you need to
    enter the path as the name? If the path is the needed name, then how do I
    determine the name of the printer?

    When I enter a name, the next step presents the select driver dialog, or
    presents a display of the installed printers to select from. What about that

    Maybe if you could be exactly precise step by step I will be able to follow
    this fix. I am up for trying. I look forward to your reply.
    Nash_deVille, Sep 16, 2009
  7. Nash_deVille

    prosperousbr Guest

    Nice suggestion!! It worked fine for me!

    Thank you so much!:D

    prosperousbr, Sep 19, 2009
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    DSLROCKS Guest

    WORKED!!! Who would have thought to set it up that way.

    Thanks again beerman
    DSLROCKS, Sep 21, 2009
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    SoCalRich Guest

    I get "Access Denied" when I try this. Printer is shared as I can make
    it. Any suggestions?
    SoCalRich, Nov 13, 2009
  10. Nash_deVille


    Apr 7, 2010
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    works for me

    worked for me.

    Bloody brutal that THIS is how to get a usable connection to my shared printer.

    Just brutal....
    pgetty, Apr 7, 2010
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