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    Extremely Slow Printing


    Hey guys. I've read all the documentation I possibly can, and there's nothing on slow printing. I have a decently fast printer, an HP Deskjet 3745. I recently set it up in /etc/printcap for line printing with the proper driver (Well, Technically I'm using the HP_DeskJet_3740 series, but that doesn't make any difference). Here is the code for my /etc/printcap:

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    lp|HPDeskJet:\
        :lp=/dev/ulpt0:\
        :af=/etc/foomatic/HP-DeskJet_3740-hpijs.ppd:\
        :if=/usr/local/bin/foomatic-rip:\
        :sd=/var/spool/lpd/HPDeskJet:\
        :sh:
    I've read that parallel ports use /dev/lpa0, the polled device but it doesn't seem to be working. Any advice/tips?
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    First, ulpt is a USB driver, not a parallel port driver. Is your printer a USB printer or not? Also, is there a reason you're using LPD instead of CUPS? You can easily install CUPS from ports, if you need to.

    By the way,this page seems to indicate that the 3740 mostly works. I haven't mucked around with your specific model, but I hear that disabling bi-directional mode on certain HP printers seems to work wonders.
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    It's USB, Scorpion. Also, all the articles I've read have told me to stay away from CUPS. I'll install it if necessary. I've been trying to work with apsfilter and ghostscript, although. The recommended ghostscript driver for my model is supposedly hpijs, but I keep reinstalling ghostscript AND /usr/ports/print/hpijs but it seems to not appear available for apsfilter. I'm confused. I'll try CUPS for now, and I'll see if it works.
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    If it is USB, you should be using the ulpt driver. The lpt driver is for parallel ports. By the way, lpa is an older version of the lpt driver.
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    I started using CUPS, and it's a lot faster, but not as fast as my printer is on windows. But hey, that's life. Thanks for your help anyways. CUPS isn't as bad as I thought it was.

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