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EXTREMELY slow print dialog response in CS4 (Win 7, 64-bit)

Jan 3, 2012 12:20 PM

I'm chasing a problem on a friend's system....  It's a Q6700, 4GB, 2TB drives, Epson R2880 running Windows 7, 64-bit.  CS4 is very peppy, runs great, opens, closes, edits, NO PROBLEM.

 

UNTIL you decide to print.  Once you hit the print selection it takes a MINIMUM of 40 seconds for the CS4 print dialog to appear.  If you then hit the "page setup" button, it'll be at LEAST another 30 seconds before that appears.  Once they're up, you can navigate around and make changes, but once you hit the print button on the dialog it'll be another 10-15 seconds before it responds and if you specify "Print Preview" it'll be at least another 30 seconds

before you get the preview.  Once it hits the printer, it prints fine.  There haven't been any software or hardware changes in weeks, except the weekly MS updates that get installed.

 

I've tried large images, and small images in case there was something CS4 was doing.  This process is this slow when printing a 4x6 greeting card or a 12 x 18 photograph.

 

What's interesting is this is a new phenomenon...  It worked FINE up until sometime last week.  Then suddenly, slow.......  Concurrently, the print dialog STOPPED DISPLAYING INK LEVELS.  The status monitor still displays them, but the printer dialog no longer does.

 

I've unloaded the printer and cleaned off every file I could find that appeared to be associated with an Epson print driver.  Went to Epson and got the latest, Windows 7, 64-bit set of drivers and status monitor and installed that.  No difference.  Also tried a new USB cable AND switched it to the other USB port on the printer and on the PC.  Nothing's made any difference......

 

If necessary, I can have her re-install CS4, but is there anything that should be done before we start clobbering major applications, or ever worse, the operating system?

 
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    Mar 12, 2010 6:41 AM   in reply to DavePinMinn

    Try defragging the hard drive.

     

    Ensure that PS CS4 is up to date with 11.0.1 update.

     

    Try setting a different printer as default in windows 7. Then when ready to print in PS CS4 select the Printer in the dialog box when it pops up.

     

    You can also use the Windows 7 problem step recorder that is built in. It will record all the steps you do and the actions the computer takes. It will then send off the report. Not sure if and when you would get a response.

     

    Also look in the Windows 7 event log. There might be something listed in there as a error that you can research.

     
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    Mar 12, 2010 7:53 AM   in reply to DavePinMinn

    Make a generic printer driver your default printer.


    If you don't have one, download it here:  http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=pdrv&platfo rm=win


    Others have succeeded with Fax or XPS Document Writer as default.

     
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    Mar 12, 2010 7:54 AM   in reply to DavePinMinn

    Sorry if this was answered, is the printer connected directly to her computer or is it networked?

     
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    May 20, 2010 8:45 PM   in reply to DavePinMinn

    I had the same problem in CS4 when I tried to print to my Epson 4880.  I am now running CS5 and it worked great for a short time and then CS5 starting doing the same thing.  I am running Windows 7 on a new machine with plenty of memory and a quad core processor.  I hope someone can come up with an answer as it takes a total of 15 minutes on my machine to get to the print preview screen.

     
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    Jun 4, 2010 11:55 PM   in reply to wls1943

    I had this problem too, it was with a much lesser printer, but it still was an Epson. It wasnt just cs4, though that was the worst. My pc has multiple user accounts (family), and on some accounts, we could not even get the printer to print anything.

     

    Im on a Windows 7 64 bit system, and my ink levels in the printer dialogue disappeared as well. I remember spending two afternoons trying to correct this issue. Uninstall, download, install.. Over and Over again. I even thought it was some kind of USB conflict, as I kept trying different USB ports. No luck. I tried a lot of things.

     

    You guys are going to hate me, but for the life of me, I can't remember what I did to fix it, but I did in fact fix it, and I can tell you it was a windows or Epson problem. Not a CS4 problem.

     

    I still may be able to help though, as I do have a normal pattern of troubleshooting things, and I want to say that I had to delete everything "epson" on my system drive, after I uninstalled the printer.

     

    BUT BEFORE YOU DO THAT, after doing a google search tonight hoping I would read something, that would trigger my memory back, I found this, and it might be why I was able to fix my issue as well. I just went around the long way of doing it.

     

    In the folder C:\ProgramData\Epson\Printer there is a file called EPAUDF01.AUD. This file is usually VERY small, Under 10kb. Many people have found this file to be huge 35+ MB, and its not supposed to be. Delete or rename that file, and see if that corrects your problem.

     

    If that doesnt work, I do often use RevoUninstaller to COMPLETELY remove uninstalls, and I imagine in my case somewhere along the way, I ended up using it, so maybe that did the trick.

     

    I really hope some of this info helps, and I apologize for my lack of memory, it sucks to get old.

     

    In the meantime, if it comes back to me, I will be sure to post it, as I know its very frustrating.

     

    Johnny

     
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    Jun 5, 2010 12:31 AM   in reply to YiannisB

    Reading furthur still.... Some people have found success with deleting the Enitre Epson folder menioned in my above post.

     

    Johnny

     
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    Jun 5, 2010 3:34 PM   in reply to YiannisB

    Thank you so much for the information.  I will give this a try.  This

    problem has been extremely frustrated as I have found the easiest way to

    print a photo is to download the photo/file to a jump drive plug the jump

    drive into my old computer and print from CS3.

     

    Thanks so much

     

    Butch Shaffer

     
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    Aug 11, 2010 7:41 AM   in reply to DavePinMinn

    Try down load and install this.

     

    Google this:   KB930627

     

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/930627/en-us

     

    Hope this helps.

     
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    Aug 11, 2010 8:28 AM   in reply to jroth@idealaero.com

    I finally got a reply from Epson.  They told me to do the following: Try deleting the following Epson file on your system and see if this helps: C:\Program data\Epson\Printer\EPAUDSO1.AUD.

     

    I did this and now the print process works perfectly using my Epson 4880.

     
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    Aug 11, 2010 8:32 AM   in reply to jroth@idealaero.com

    Thank you so much for the information.  I got a response from Epson and this

    is what they had me do:

     

    Try deleting the following Epson file on your system and see if this helps

    any: C:\Program data\Epson\Printer\EPAUDS01.AUD. We are still investigating

    this issue and we recommend to check our website periodically for any driver

    updates.

     

    I did this and now the print process works perfectly.

     

    Thanks for your help,

     

    Butch Shaffer

     
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    Sep 22, 2010 8:20 PM   in reply to DavePinMinn

    Sorry to possibly re-open an old wound but I had a similar problem and found a solution...

     

    We encountered this error on a select few systems where the Print Dialog box would take forever and a half (in end-user time of course) to open in Adobe Reader (Version 9.0 and every version to 9.3.4) Occured on all profiles from User class to Admin class to Enterprise Admin class. (Multiples of each were tested)

     

    Solution! We Stopped a service, and disabled it.

     

     

    NET DRIVER HPZ12   <----This guy! He's the evil jerk slowing everything up! Kill him!

     

     

    Instantly, the print dialog boxes would open up snappy. (We did not even have to reboot the system)

     

    We discovered this by accident when one of our users somehow blew up the Print Spooler. About 3 weeks later, we have not had any noticed issues with the disabling of the service. That being said, you should keep an eye on things for a while just to be safe. (Right now someone far more intelligent than I is reading my solution and screaming "Noooooo!" for a reason I do not know...yet)

     

    I hope this helps someone, we spent weeks trying to find a solution.

     

    Good luck!

     

    ~G

     
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    Sep 22, 2010 9:07 PM   in reply to ggrimes2111

    Thank you so much for your help on this issue.  In my case I finally got

    Epson to give me some assistance with the problem.  They told me to do the

    following and so far this has solved the issue.

     

    Epson's response to my problem:

    Thank you for taking the time to contact Epson. It is my pleasure to respond

    to your inquiry. Try deleting the following Epson file on your system and

    see if this helps any: C:\Program data\Epson\Printer\EPAUDS01.AUD. We are

    still investigating this issue and we recommend to check our website

    periodically for any driver updates.

     

    I will keep your information as I am sure this problem will occur again.

     

    Thanks for your help,

     

    Butch Shaffer

     
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    Oct 16, 2010 3:36 PM   in reply to wls1943

    If you want horror stories, I'm running CS4 on a Dell M1530 with Win7 x64 and an Epson Stylus Photo RX700 which had been running just great until this last week.  Then suddenly Photoshop would "stop responding" when I selected the print function and it was taking me 23 minutes and 14 seconds to get a print (yes I timed it - with a stop watch even :-) ).   I tried most of the things described above - even went so far as to reinstall everything.    Eventually, after reading the discussions on this forum, I decided to try deleting EPAUDS01.AUD (C:\Program data\Epson\Printer\EPAUDS01.AUD).   Wow!   That was it.  Everything is running just great again.

     

    So thank you all for your input and an especially big thanks to Butch Shaffer (wis1943) and Johnny for the solution.

     

                                                         Gratefully yours.

                                                                                     Gilbert Johnson

     

    ps., As a side note, my EPAUDS01.AUD file was at 40MB before I deleted it.  When EPAUDS01.AUD re-established itself it was 2K which appears sufficient for the task.  Apparently, the EPAUDS01.AUD file holds printer type, path, status, and paper data information.   In my mind that does not require 40MB.   If anyone finds out why the EPAUDS01.AUD file suddenly balloons up like that I'd like to know.   gj

     
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    Oct 16, 2010 5:41 PM   in reply to gekkofoot

    Thanks for the info.  It is good to know that I was able to help.

     

    Butch Shaffer

     
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    Sep 27, 2011 8:12 AM   in reply to YiannisB

    Just to update, this works with PS CS5 as well. HAd the same problem, found this post, deleted the file and it prints fine now.

     

    Thanks to all for the help, I was pulling my hair....

     

    Bill

     
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    Oct 6, 2011 2:20 AM   in reply to DavePinMinn

    I have been having a similar problem with Photoshop Elements. I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64bit. I have an Epson 3880 and an HP B9180 and the long wait for the dialogue is the same with each printer. Making changes to the dialogue is also impossibly slow. I re-installed the drivers having made sure they were the latest available without noticing any difference. I deleted C:\Program data\Epson\Printer\EPAUDS01.AUD as suggested here and it made no difference at all. Then I found the system configuration in the administrative tools and under the services tab saw the NET DRIVER HPZ12 with a checkbox which I unchecked and, just as ggrimes2111 has suggested the instant dialogue returned!

    Many thanks to ggrimes2111

     
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    Oct 6, 2011 1:13 AM   in reply to ggrimes2111

    Thanks - this worked immediately for me.

     
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    Oct 7, 2011 3:18 AM   in reply to ggrimes2111
     
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    Dec 14, 2011 5:21 AM   in reply to ggrimes2111

    Thanx, your proposion was the only one thing  thad  worked  (Win 7 with CS3 and HP Z2100 printer)

    Grts, Guy Gillade

    Creafoto

     
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    Aug 18, 2012 8:24 PM   in reply to DavePinMinn

    Well guys I am a newbie and don't ususally know what I am talking about but have learned terminology. I have tried most of the suggestions here and nothing was working or I couldn't get into some places to disable some stuff. But I get aggrivated and I am an obsessive person to find an answer and I have resolved my issue of slow printing!!!

     

    I removed Adobe Reader since it started all the issues. I don't have Word on this computer but I do have Word pad and Notebook. I needed something to read Pdfs and the first one that was free opened on Pdf but not the other one I just saved. Then I found Corel.com which opened everything. So I will be buying the $50 option. The only problem I ended up having was it altered the size of the document no matter what options I chose to size and resize it. But when I put the hard copy in the scanner it copies quickly and the correct size.

     

    I had tried Open Office but couldn't figure how get it saved to Open Office. What really ticked me off was that Open Office change my other Wordpad documents to Open Office documents!!! And it wouldn't undue them. So I ended up having to re do them angain in Wordpad.

     

    I am totally diqusted with Open Office and Adobe!!

     
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    Aug 18, 2012 10:15 PM   in reply to SetterKay

    My problem was with the Epson driver.  Epson sent me a fix, which I made the correction in the driver and my system has worked fine ever since.  Here is the solution Epson gave me for my Epson 4880.

     

    Thank you for taking the time to contact Epson. It is my pleasure to respond to your inquiry. Try deleting the following Epson file on your system and see if this helps any: C:\Program data\Epson\Printer\EPAUDS01.AUD. We are still investigating this issue and we recommend to check our website periodically for any driver updates.

     

    Should you require further assistance with this issue, please reply without history (when possible), as our email system contains all previous correspondence. If you have a different technical support issue, please submit another email request via our website (http://www.epson.com/support), and we will respond in a timely manner.

     

    Thank you again for contacting Epson.

     
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