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Old 10-23-2017, 03:16 AM   #1
AlaricWood
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Slow printing


I have a custom computer with i7 chip, 8gig ram and 1tb disk. My printer is an HL2240d. It worked fine on Debian 8 but is hopelessly slow on 9. I have looked at other posts but don't see anything useful. Setting up the printer was a bind and involved days of research. I can print but it is so slow I nearly go crazy. It is so bad I am thinking of going back to 8 or trying another distro.
I have to say that I have found 9 distinctly unfriendly and it has some very awkward problems.
I note that the same problem seems to occur on Ubuntu judging by the moans on the Ubuntu forum.
Is there an answer or do I look elsewhere. I would be reluctant to go back to Windows but I do have to get through a good deal of work and I can't spend my life waiting for a printer.
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Old 10-23-2017, 07:10 AM   #2
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I personally am not too aggressive about upgrading, especially when I have something working.

I do so very much hate "tinkering", which we all know the commercial operating systems seem to do a great deal. And some Linux variations too.

If 8 worked for me, I'd probably stay on 8 until I either had to move, or got a new computer.

As far a trying something new, I like booting off of Live media to see what I like about a distribution. There is also virtual machines. VMs are fine too, but if I'm experimenting with a new distribution, likely I've downloaded the ISO and have it on a USB stick and therefore can live boot it just as readily.
 
Old 10-23-2017, 08:28 AM   #3
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Maybe you need to set the print quality and dpi down and see if that helps.
 
Old 10-23-2017, 10:50 AM   #4
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Can you say where the slowness occurs? Does it take longer before the printer starts turning out pages, or are the pages taking longer to print? The former would put the problem in the application you're printing from, the latter in Foomatic or Ghostscript.
 
Old 10-23-2017, 02:06 PM   #5
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Slow printing

The printer takes an age to load paper manually. It then sits and thinks about it before printing starts and spends a long time thinking about it before printing the next page. Printing the page when it finally starts appears to be about the same.
Print quality is default and dpi 300.
The problem is at its worst when printing envelopes from LibreOffice but printing from anything is slow.
Maybe I should go back to 8 as printing is only one of the problems I encountered with 9. Installing Debian is a slow and irritating process.
The computer is almost new. I bought it with no operating system installed and installed Debian 8. I also set up a virtual box on a separate hard drive and installed Windows 7 pro 64 bit but I have never used it.
 
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Load a document and look at "File - Printer Settings - Properties - Device - Printer Language". If it's set to PDF, try changing it to PostScript and see if that speeds things up. If it does, then you can save a new template.
 
  


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