I have a Celeron 850MHz, with Asus CUSI-FX motherboard, 128MB, HD 15GB, Windows Millenium with Office SB 2000 and HP Deskjet 640C.
When I print a Word document, all the other functions become slow, for example, Media player with Audio CD stop playing sometimes.
Is there any Windows or printer configuration that can solve this problem ?
i think u need to turn on printer spooling or something like that. basically it sends all the info to the printer at once instead of sending it as the printer needs it. i think ull right click on the printer icon under settings - printers. look thru the options for spooling. i think this is correct. if im wrong someone please correct me.
FYI: If you look at my system, you'll notice that it's not too bad. I experience a 100% processor usage when my print job starts, then after a few seconds and the printer is going, everything runs fine. When I'm running Winamp, playing some MP3s, it skips for a few seconds before resuming normal operation.
In short: If you have printer spooling enabled, this is normal.
Could always upgrade. I dunno if it's my system, the printer, or USB printer connection or just XP, but printing takes little to no resource use. And I print alot of papers for school and such while doing things in the background.
Check the parallel port mode in the BIOS. It should be set to EPP - Enhanced Parallel Port or ECP - Extended Capabilities Port. These modes have hardware support for data transfer similar to DMA and therefore loads the CPU less.