[Samba] Samba just Slow with AutoCad?

Bob Turner RTurner at whrarchitects.com
Tue Jun 8 15:44:37 GMT 2004


I might suggest a couple of setting changes on your XP machines:

1) Open services and stop/disable Web Client
2) Open windows explorer, go to tools>folder options, click the View tab,
and uncheck the "Automatically search for network folders and printers"

(I'm assuming Windows XP Professional on these settings)

Restart and try your printers again.


-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Merrell [mailto:beantoo at tristatesurvey.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2004 9:50 AM
To: samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: Re: [Samba] Samba just Slow with AutoCad?

Thanks for your response Jerry.

Yes.  These are all windows XP machines.  We have about four printers here
in the office (all HP hehe).  Only two computers have McAfee Firewalls
installed, the rest do not have firewalls.  We are on a 100 mbps ethernet
with a 16 port hub.  Nothing too fancy.

AutoCad is a strange beast.  No matter what printer you have set up as your
default printer, when you click the print icon or give the print command,
AutoCad comes up with no printer selected in the print dialog, and the user
selects the plotter each time (although you can save your print selections
for each drawing).  I have even tried setting the default printer to the
"PDF distiller" and it still takes the same ammount of time for the print
dialog to come up.

However, I was just tinkering with the print settings and noticed that the
print dialog comes up normally some times.  i.e. If you click cancel on the
print dialog and then hit the print icon again quickly, it seems to come up

The other mysterious problem is the time it takes to save.  I just saw a guy
behind me try to save a drawing and it took about 20 seconds.  Something
that never happened before when the files were hosted on an older windows XP
machine with a heavier load.

I'm all out of ideas and really don't want to go back to windows.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gerald (Jerry) Carter" <jerry at samba.org>
To: "Brian Merrell" <beantoo at tristatesurvey.com>
Cc: <samba at lists.samba.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2004 8:27 AM
Subject: Re: [Samba] Samba just Slow with AutoCad?

> Hash: SHA1
> Brian Merrell wrote:
> | No good.  It's still amazingly slow.  It seems to perform
> | just fine until the user tries to print.  There is a huge
> | delay before the print dialog comes up, and when the user
> | tries to save there is another huge delay.  The
> | problem seems to be only with AutoCad.
> Sorry I'm late on this thread.
> Are these XP clients?  Do the clients have a
> active firewall installed.  If the delay is only
> when printing, it is probabl either
> (a) a very chatty printer driver, or
> (b) timeouts when the client tries to
> ~    open a print change notify handle.
> cheers, jerry
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