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Slow Printer Dialog Boxes When Using a Network Printer in Windows
I run a small Cyber Cafe where printing is a must. Actually almost every now and then someone has to print something.
I had this problem of printing over the network where it took so long for the print dialogue box to appear.
This problem was even affecting how the document was opening. For instance, if it was a word document, I would get a message on the status bar reading ‘connecting to the printer.’
This slowness was very bad since I was dealing with clients some of whom could not fathom the delay. The time wait was something more than a minute before seeing the damn dialogue box pop up.
Then from there, it was again very frustrating trying to change the print properties.
Even after clicking on okay after applying the requirements, it would take more time for the document to start printing.
Add Printer Wizard
Network Printer Setting
I tried solving the problem in various ways using my technical skills without any good solution till I gave up.
Then I decided to check on the net and that is where I found some bit of help.
The problem seems to be brought about by adding a network printer using the option of ‘a network printer, or a printer attached to another computer.’
I am yet to fathom the reason and if there is a better solution than this one.
The solution I offer is to add the printer you want to use over the network as a local printer.
It is a bit tedious because you have to move around with the printer driver installation CD to all the machines you have.
The better side of it is that this will save you lots of frustrations and disappointments later on.
Local Printer Port
Process of Adding Network Printer Using the Local Printer Option
- Click on the start menu, click on the control panel, click on printers and other hardware, and then click on the add printer option. If you like shot cuts click on the start and locate printers and faxes option and click on it.
- At this point, you can now see the installed printers. Delete the network printer and restart your computer for the changes to be registered before we add the printer again.
- After the restart, open the printer window and select add printer. The printer wizard launches automatically. Click next.
Selecting Printer Port
Select Local Printer Option
- On the local or network printer dialogue, select the option local printer attached to this computer and deselect the checkbox to automatically detect and install my plug and play printer. This is because if you allow it to search for a printer, it will return no results.
- On the option of selecting a printer port, select the option 'Create a new port' (leave the option as local port). Click next to proceed.
Enter a Port Name
Type the Port Name
- You will get a new dialogue box telling you to indicate the port name. The format for the port name is an address on your network. It is in the following format, “\\nameofwheretheprinteris\yourprintername.”
- A good example is my case where I was using an Epson printer TX650 found on a machine with the computer name server. The path I used is \\SERVER\EPSONTX6.
- Now you are wondering why EpsonTX6. This is because while sharing my printer, the name was truncated and I never bothered shortening it or changing it. Click okay to proceed. If you have typed everything correctly, a new window appears.
Choose Printer Model
Installing the Printer Software
- This window helps to install the printer software. Select the manufacturer of your printer (in my case it was Epson).
- You can choose the model but it is rare to find it there unless your printer is an old model. So what?
Locating The Drivers
Choose the Right Printer
- Click on have disk to install the drivers from a disk. Make sure your disk is inside your drive and click on browse.
- Browse through the disk to where the printer drivers are stored. Choose the appropriate file required usually indicated on the file name option down the dialogue box. Click okay and you will get the dialogue for install from disk. Click okay to proceed.
- If you are given several printer drivers, choose the right one for your printer and click next.
Name Your Printer
- A dialogue box appears telling you of existing drivers, keep the existing drivers.
- In the next dialogue, name your printer, if you want to change the name and select if you want it to be the default printer or not. This is in case you have 2 or more printers on your network. Click next.
- For sharing, select you do not want to share the printer.
- For the test page, you can print to see if your printer set up has finished correctly. Click next and you will get the final wizard where you will click finish.
Finishing Printer Installation
You will have to do this to all the other computers that are going to use the network printer. This method works and it is perfect. It will save you a lot of frustration and waiting.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Patrick Kamau
Patrick Kamau (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 18, 2013:
Thanks njeri p for reading and commenting.
njeri p on September 18, 2013:
good work patkay