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04-02-2010, 11:10 AM
Current setup.
Multifunction printer connected via USB to desktop XP system. Works fine.
Laptop on Vista can access printer via wireless network. Works fine.
Another desktop system with vista can access printer via wired network. This system takes several minutes to get a responce. What could be causing this?

04-02-2010, 11:33 AM
Update. First post not entirely correct. Just did some new tests. Both of the networked systems are slow to respond. Takes about 30 seconds to get a print preview for example. Then the same time to close the preview.

04-02-2010, 12:02 PM
Try this:

On the XP Computer reset the TCP/IP Stack by opening a command prompt window (Start>Run>cmd) and typing:

netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt

It can become corrupted and slow down or stop file and printer sharing all together

On the Vista machines, you also definitely want to turn off Remote Differential Compression, it's been known to make machines that are networked dog slow at transferring files.

Start > Control Panel > Turn Windows features on or off > Untick Remote Differential Compression > OK > Restart

Some Internet Security suites (I.E. Mcafee) are known to cause problems.. try disabling them if the above doesn't work

let us know how you go,


04-02-2010, 01:06 PM
Ok I have tryed both of those & no noticable difference.
Wondered if this might have been a MS Office problem as it was in XL & word that was having this problem. Have also tryed Wordpad & it appears to be even slower. Example, open a window, type a few words, go print preview, little round circle comes up & it's 15-20 seconds before it responds. Then same again when you go to close.

04-02-2010, 01:32 PM
Is everyting user a router? Or are you using a ad-hoc network?

04-02-2010, 02:03 PM
Check the XP logs for event ID 4226- Maxed out TCP Ports. Have a look here :


04-02-2010, 02:13 PM
This network uses a RTA1025W moden router.
No trouble sharing files & moving data round.
Just tryed something else. Turned of the modem & tryed the same as in post 4. Worked instantly. Also in XL, no problems at all, but can't print of cause.

Speedy Gonzales
04-02-2010, 02:16 PM
I take it, you have installed the printer drivers on all of them?

04-02-2010, 04:04 PM
Only the ones Vista came up with when each system was 1st introduced to the printer.