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Yes, an unresponsive printer driver could hang the application.
In more recent versions of Photoshop, we've tried to minimize that (by initializing printer APIs only when you go to print).
So something has gone wrong with your printer driver, or the communication with the printer -- so you need to check the connections, check for driver updates, and make sure that the printer is working correctly overall. If the printer is on a network, then you probably want to select a local printer as the default to avoid the network time to communicate with the remote printer and possible timeouts.
The printer is wired directly into the back of the computer, and as far as I can tell I am running the latest driver from a few months ago when I had to troubleshoot rolled canvas printing on the sucker. The printer itself works fine accoding to my system and is printing things with any other software but the ones in the creative suite.
Do you recommend reinstalling the printer? I have no idea why nothing but this issue would indicate a problem.
Edit: I guess my next question should really be "Do you have any specific steps for what I should be doing next?" I sort of ran out of ideas after my initial trouble shooting search.
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If more than one app isn't printing to it - then something is wrong with the driver. (The suite apps don't share printing code)
Reinstaling the printer driver might help - but we don't know exactly what is wrong with the driver, it could be bad prefs for the driver, or a system setting outside of the driver. In the past, we've even seen system security updates break some drivers (because the driver was doing something they shouldn't have been).
Uninstalled and reinstalled the printer, cleaned out all associated files, still not working after a clean hardware install. What preferences do you recommend I try changing?
Edit: Sat on phone for about 2 hours, was on hold while typing this origianl post, completely mystifying the epson support staff. They say they are escilating my issue to a more advanced technical staff, but they have no answer to why nothing is resolving this issue. I'm starting to think it's just straight up haunted, any better suggestions? Other less advisable tricks to try?
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Update: This problem reached support escalation level two over at epson, was told by a support staff member at their US headquarters that they see this problem in about 5% of mac computers operating Snow Leopard or Lion, and I am now one of seven or eight documented Win7 users to report it. They think that the problem comes from something in the driver corrupting a now unsupported Adobe script. Their answer is to have me back up all my files, unistall both the adobe suite and the printer, restart, then install the Epson printer first, restart, then install CS3 again. It is vital to uninstall all of the creative suite since there is no way to tell which file the print driver has issues with.
I was urged to call back if this did not fix the issue, but they have seen positive (if temporary) response to this fix. The support technician I spoke with knows most of those experiencing this problem were able to limp their software along for a couple of months before it corrupted each other again. I don't have the time to babysit a complete reinstall this weekend, so I will let you know how it worked sometime in the following week.