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    Re: Speed/processor performance

    Check the Print Quality Settings under Printing Preferences. There should be a setting to choose between raster and vector graphics. Try changing that setting and see what happens. Many years ago I had a church with an even older Ricoh color MFP who called me because the were trying to print their church bulletin for Sunday morning. It had been over 10 minutes since they had started the job and the Ricoh was just displaying processing please wait. I was nearby and got there about 10 minutes later, just as it finished printing an 11X17 double sided sheet. What would be the front cover after it was folded was most graphics. In the past they had them commercially printed but the secretary had been out sick most of the week and the order did not get made. I changed the graphics setting and it went from taking 30 minutes to print to taking 30 seconds.

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    Re: Speed/processor performance

    If you let windows install the printer automatically, it installs the printer using the WSD port, rather than TCP/IP.
    WSD is ALWAYS desperately slow -particularly with PDf's

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    Re: Speed/processor performance

    Quote Originally Posted by sandmanmac View Post
    If you let windows install the printer automatically, it installs the printer using the WSD port, rather than TCP/IP.
    WSD is ALWAYS desperately slow -particularly with PDf's
    It’s also worth toggling between Raw (Port 9100) and LPR (Port 515).

    LPR normal tends to be faster, but not always.
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    Re: Speed/processor performance

    Quote Originally Posted by sandmanmac View Post
    If you let windows install the printer automatically, it installs the printer using the WSD port, rather than TCP/IP.
    WSD is ALWAYS desperately slow -particularly with PDf's
    And then there is the Microsoft PCL6 Class driver that it will automatically install.

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    Re: Speed/processor performance

    If the machine has the Post Script option you could try the Post Script driver. If not, try the PCL 5 and PCL 6 drivers on the Ricoh download page. Also as sandmanmac pointed out, make sure you are using the TCP/IP port.

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    Re: Speed/processor performance

    Quote Originally Posted by slimslob View Post
    And then there is the Microsoft PCL6 Class driver that it will automatically install.
    That “thing” is a mix of ugly and evil.

    Ick.
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    Re: Speed/processor performance

    Quote Originally Posted by SteinarN View Post
    I can make a test with Adobe.
    The FW is the newest, I bought from you but the machine already had all the newest, hehe.
    Am using the latest universal driver from Ricoh. Not the dedicated driver for this machine though.
    The webside stated that the universal driver was the prefered one I seems to remember. I'll check that though.

    Edit: The webside do not say that the universal driver is the prefered one.

    Sounds like this could be your issue.

    You could install more than one driver to compare which one performs better for you.

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    Re: Speed/processor performance

    Top remedies for slow printing are disabling WSD and using print as image in Acrobat. The processors on the MPC2051 are faster than on the lower end 03's.

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    Re: Speed/processor performance

    All of the things that have worked for slow PDF printing for me over the years. Some have already been covered by others, but for the TLDR crowd:

    1. Use the PostScript driver instead of PCL, if the option is installed on MFP.

    2. LPR for the printer port with queue name lp (LP lower case). Ricoh used to always recommend this when I went to training many moons ago.

    3. If you have access to full Acrobat, use the option to save the file as a Reduced size PDF.

    4. If the PDF is from a scan, try re-printing it as a PDF and then send it to print, or try printing at 300 dpi instead of 600 or 1200, though you'll need PCL 5 for that low of a print resolution.

    5. Make sure firmware and driver are up to date.

    6. If an email attachment, save the file locally before trying to print.

    7. Make sure Acrobat is up to date (not as much of an issue now that it's set to auto-update), but if someone is using an old version of it, slap their wrist and have them install a version from this decade (I've seen people desperately still trying to use Acrobat 7 or 8 that they bought years ago and wonder why they have issues with PDF's from newer versions).

    8. Download the file again.

    9. Change to vector graphics or raster in the driver, or vice versa.

    10. If the PDF has had multiple edits made to it by the user, even just comments, try the Save as option and overwrite the existing file. Many applications leave older pointers and other data when you do a plain save. By doing a Save As you remove those and get a cleaner file.

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    Re: Speed/processor performance

    Thanks for a ton of good suggestions!

    This has now taken on at least as much of a learning/investigation issue as a print speed issue.
    i completed printing out the ca 1500 pages last night.

    I have now done some testing. Six pages gave 338MB sent to the printer. Took a little more than six minutes for the printer to process and print out. And only four of them had the suspect graphics. So, exactly 1 ppm print speed. Impressive.....
    One of those pages gives 111MB sent to the printer. Takes 1min 40s for the data to be sent from pc/received at printer and then an additional ca 30 sec before the sheet of paper is pulled from the tray and printing started.

    Printed with universal driver from Foxit reader over ethernet to the printer.
    The single page is attached. The single page was created by printing out the actual page in the manual with CutePDF writer.

    However that single page file created with CutePDF writer is only 900kB when sent to the printer and prints out pretty immediately. The file itself is 424kB.
    If of interest, the schematic is from the landing gear system on an Airbus Super Puma AS332

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