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AutoSwitch slowing down printer

I installed a Belkin Compact Parallel AutoSwitch so I can print to my hpdeskjet 940c from my Kenitec desktop and my IBM Thinkpad without having to unhook the printer everytime I change computers. It prints from both computers fine, but it takes forever!! And while its printing, my mouse will barely move so I can't keep working during printing. Both computers use Win98se and an optical mouse. How do I fix this?

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Re: AutoSwitch slowing down printer

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While I have a network and the printer is on one PC and can print at a good clip without that effect, I wonder if the CHEAP WAY OUT is to return that box and get a second printer.

Bob

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Parallel Port - 8 bit or 16 bit

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Mitch:

Check your parallel ports to see if they are really enhanced ports. The old parallel ports sent data out at 4 bits, one byte verses 8 bits two bytes. If the ports are not set correctly for the on board ports enhanced, vs standard, then bottlrnecks occurr. if the ports are really older standard type and are set to enhanced, then problems again. see http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=http://support.microsoft.com:80/support/kb/articles/Q128/3/45.ASP&NoWebContent=1#11
For a quick synopsis. When you place another device in between the printer and the port (Bitronic Sw.) it takes twice as long since the computer downloads to the switch and the switch then downloads to the printer. Also consider that some switches are just not compatible with the on board port (non-standard) and the only solution is to install another printer port.

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