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Printer is being anal (prints faster when mouse is moving)

by Jebba / April 28, 2005 5:41 AM PDT

Ok, I don't know what to do. I have tried EVERYTHING, but I can't figure it out. I have an HP PSC 750 with a USB connection, and one day out of the blue, it just started printing veeerrrry slow. the printer head would less than one pass every second, and this was while doing word documents. But, when I need to copy something, it would do it at it's normap ppm, so I know that it is not physically the printer itself, and I'm guessing that it must have something to do with the driver. anyways, so yeah, this went on for about two weeks, and then a few weeks ago I was printing out my term paper, and out of frustration because it was printing so slow, I grabbed the mouse and just moved the cursor around all over on the desktop, and voila! it started printing faster?!?!? i heard it pick up speed, so I let go of the mouse, and a second later the printer slowed down again. I started moving the mouse around again, and it started printing faster again! I checked at HP, and I have the latest driver for my printer, I also have the latest driver for the USB ports on my computer, and my mouse is a ps2 mouse, for those who wanted to know. I can't figure out how the mouse and printer could in any way affect each other, so anyone who could give me andy advice, it would be much appreciated. And as far as my computer experience, I do know quite a bit about computers, so whatever the problem is im guessing won't be simple, because if it was I probably would have figured it out, because I tweaked the printer settings, I tweaked the spooler settings, I even tweaked the mouse and USB port settings, all to no avail. help me!!

-jebba <><

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because no one is posting on my other one...
by Jebba / April 28, 2005 6:03 AM PDT

And I thought that maybe I'd reach out to a different group of people. Not everyone browses every forum Wink

-Jebba <><

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I did and you didn't come back with more.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 28, 2005 6:09 AM PDT

Tell a story. Tell what antivirus you use. Tell what you do about spyware.

Here's why it matters. A recent Trend Micro update wipe out a few people. Some firewalls eat the CPU and so on.

You are not telling all.

Bob

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What I use
by Jebba / April 28, 2005 10:53 AM PDT

Ok, I have NO antivirus software on my computer, and I am proud to say that there are NO virus's on my computer Happy (i know this because i do go to different sites and run free virus scans, and none is ever detected)I also am not running a firewall, due to hardware and program conflicts. as for anti-spyware, I use Ad-Aware SE Professional build 1.05, Spybot SD, and Microsoft antispyware, and I also have Registry Mechanic 4.0. I run full scans of my system with all 4 of those programs at least once a month, and I also defrag regularly. I also frequently run Highjackthis to check for any irregularities. also, this (my printer problem) had happened before, but I got an NTFS.sys error, so I hadta completely re-install XP, (i just reinstalled over everything, so all i had to do was reinstall my programs) and after that, the printer was fine for awhile, and then it started doing this again. I also never open attatchments unless I am absolutely sure I know what they are, and If I am unsure, I will usually open a file up in notepad and scan the code for any malicious commands. So, in short, I am pretty sure that it is not spyware or virus related, however, if anyone disagrees, I would appreciate your input, because i am SICK of this.

thanx (and sorry i didn't understand you the first time Proffitt!) I thought you had meant that I should post in another forum too!

-Jebba <><

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So, does anyone have any ideas?
by Jebba / May 3, 2005 1:29 AM PDT

I am in much distress over my perplexing vexing dilema

-jebba <><

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disasta masta....
by jackintucson / June 29, 2005 7:11 AM PDT

You are a disaster waiting to happen <grin>. When malware finds an open port.. believe me.. you are TAGGED! So, unless you make some changes, you will always have a problem. Get a good anti-virus (McAfee). Get a good firewall (Zone Alarm - free). Make sure you have updated drivers for EVERYTHING. Buy a USB2 controller and install it if you have the slot. You just might have an IRQ conflict. If all that fails... tell us what you did, how you did it and any error messages, if any. Maybe then we can further isolate your problem.

And life goes on...

Jack

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