Currently we change our printing equipment, Kyocera to HP.
The problem is that before printed instantly (in seconds) and now it takes 20 minutes to 45 minutes.
1. - A 2D file with 655 KB they send to print and goes to the print queue with a weight of about 40 MB.
2. A 2D file with 2MB send it to be printed and the print queue with a weight of about 40 MB.
HP 9050 with PCL6 Universal Printer Driver, to which was added more memory and hard drive and still the same.
Win XP sp3
AutoCAD 2010 with the service pack installed
NVIDIA Quadro SX1700
I try with both and is the same result.
I guess the problem is the hardware of the printer, it take long time to read AutoCAD files, with the office or pdf files works great.
How could optimize performance? or is there some variable that can help me?
Thanks in advance
I also audit and purge all the xref´s.
Download the latests plotter driver.
Also change some variables:
- Type IMAGEQUALITY and set it to “Draft” for faster-loading images in AutoCAD. When plotting however, you might want to switch it back to “High”.
- Type IMAGEHLT on the command line and set it to 0. This will make AutoCAD highlight only the raster image frame when selecting it, not the entire image.
- Set GRIPOBJLIMIT to a really low number to reduce the number of grips displayed when selecting multiple objects.
- The system variable ISAVEPERCENT is set to 50 by default. Increase this number (100 max) to force AutoCAD to do full saves less frequently. If it is set to 0, AutoCAD will do a full save every time. The benefit of a full save is that it eliminates the wasted space in a drawing file – but it is slower.
- Type VTOPTIONS on the command line to change how AutoCAD handles animated view transitions. It is a good idea to turn off the animated view transitions when dealing with large drawings.
And finaly is the same, take too long for print a single layout, even with the on/off Background Plotting.
I'll keep trying with other of the many recommendations I found on the net, I hope find one useful.
Does your printer come with a PCL5 driver? It normally works better than PCL6 drivers.
Are you using the HP Universal Driver by chance?
Are you plotting directly to the system driver (like all your other programs and PDF viewer)? or a PC3 file in AutoCAD?
There is nothing in AutoCAD to do that will reduce the HP driver's footprint for a plot file: it's all up to the printer and driver.
The printer comes with the PCL6 driver.
If we are using the HP Universal Driver.
We got the latest universal driver from HP site.
Yes, we have printed directly from the system and also with a PC3 file.
I send the case to the team Autodesk in Partner Portal and they recommend using the AutoCAD-specific LaserJet 5si driver, I will try to try it, although I'm skeptical because it is for older versions.
>>>...The printer comes with the PCL6 driver....<<<
That's the default driver. Not your only choice.
Since your printer also comes with a PCL5 driver (what Autodesk is forcing you to use BTW) and a PS driver (not recommended), you might try that less painful solution first.