10-22-2012 01:45 PM
Hi, and thanks for any insights.
I have a client with an Officejet Pro 8600 Premium, and printing to this printer over USB has suddenly become very slow. The dedicated PC is XP with 2 GB of ram and only using 40 GB on a 200 GB drive. The printer has two trays, with tray1 dedicated to checks, and tray 2 for anything directed to plain paper. The printer is not connected to a network, but dedicatd to this PC. The PC is current with updates.
Checks print at the normal speed, and copying prints at reasonable speed, but whejn printed from the PC anything directed to tray 2 prints at a snail's pace . This is new behavior.
I have printed status pages and performed print head and allignment processes. Still, this behavior persists.
I looked i the event log and saw nothing that suggested an evident system issue. Windows update only shows Security Essentials updates for the duration during which the slowness started.
The PC is not acting strangly in any other way.
Any suggestion would be helpful.
10-22-2012 02:32 PM
The information is very general, this applies for many HP printers:
Solution 1: Use a lower print quality setting
Solution: Check the print quality setting. Best and Maximum dpi provide the best quality but are slower than Normal or Draft. Draft provides the fastest print speed.
Cause: The print quality was set to a high setting. If this did not solve the issue, try the next solution.
Solution 2: Check the ink levels
Solution: Check the estimated ink levels in the ink cartridges. NOTE: Ink level alerts and indicators provide estimates for planning purposes only. When you receive a low on ink message, consider having a replacement cartridge available to avoid possible printing delays. You do not need to replace the ink cartridges until print quality becomes unacceptable.
CAUTION: Wait until you have a new ink cartridge available before removing the old ink cartridge. Do not leave the ink cartridge outside of the printer for an extended period of time. This can result in damage to both the printer and the ink cartridge.
For more information, see: Check the estimated ink levels
Cause: The ink cartridges might have insufficient ink. Printing with depleted cartridges slows the printer. If this did not solve the issue, try the next solution.
Solution 3: Contact HP support
Solution: Contact HP support for service. Go to: www.hp.com/go/customercare. This website provides information and utilities that can help you correct many common printer problems.
If prompted, choose your country/region, and then click Contact HP for information on calling for technical support.
Cause: There was a problem with the printer.
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