Collate printing should be used anytime when you need a number of copies of a multi-page document that is meant to be read sequentially. The more pages in the document and the more copies you need, the more time you can save through collated printing.
In order to better understand the difference between “collated vs. uncollated”, it’s important to know what “collated” means.
The literal definition of “collated” is: collected and combined (texts, information, or sets of figures) in proper order. When used by a printer, this means that the file has multiple pages that need to printed in the exact order of the file. Uncollated means that the file’s pages will be printed separately.
In my experience (not necessarily limited to Xerox printers & drivers), this 'square quantity' of copies is usually due to a driver fault where the required number of copies is set at both the job-level and at the page-level for each page.
For example, with the X-GPD-5.347.6.0_PCL6_X64 global driver, analysis of the print stream generated when printing a simple NotePad document, specifying 2 copies, collated, in the Print dialogue shows:
Offset Type Sequence Description ------------- --------------------- ---------------- ---------------------------------------------------- 0000000000 PCL Parameterised <Esc>%-12345X Universal Exit Language (UEL) Comment Switch language to PJL 0000000009 PJL Command @PJL JOB NAME = "ASCIIControl.txt - Notepad"[0a] 0000000054 PJL Command @PJL SET QTY=2[0a] 0000000069 PJL Command @PJL SET XEDGETOEDGE=OFF[0a] . . . . . . 0000000867 PJL Command @PJL ENTER LANGUAGE=PCLXL[0a] Comment Switch language to PCLXL . . . . . . 0000062509 PCLXL Data Type 0xc1 uint16 0000062510 Value 0x0200 2 0000062512 PCLXL Attribute 0xf831 PageCopies 0000062514 PCLXL Operator 0x44 EndPage . . .
[Analysis provided by selecting 'print to file' in the Print dialogue, and analysing the resultant .prn file using the PRN File Analyse tool in the PCL Parapherenalia application, available via http://www.pclparaphernalia.eu ].
I don't think that the operating-system (Windows 8.1 in my case) supplied (PCL6) class driver exhibits the same problem, nor does the global PCL5 class driver.
Have you tried using the Global driver instead?
Does it happen with all programs or just Reader/Acrobat?
Please try the global driver if you haven't (remove the current driver first)
If it only happens in Reader/ Acrobat, try running an update on it, this would probably be a Host collation issue. There are registry edits to resolve it but we cannot officially support that. If it is a host collation issue you could also confirmn it by sending a small job to be "finished" (Stapled/Folded/Hole punched) and print multiple copies. If they are stapled together it is the Host collation issue
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I have searched the WC 5225/5230 knowledge base and have not found anything that might help with the problem you have described with collation. My first thought was to uninstall and reinstall the print driver but as you mentioned your IT person did that without any change in the results.
You may want to search the product knowledge base to see if there is something you might find that I missed.
I would recommend that you contact phone support at 1-800-821-2797 for assistance.
My IT person has given up. When printing in windows 7 to our networked Xerox 5230A, if I collate (the default option), the printer spits out an exponential amount of copies. 1 copy = 1. 2 copies = 4. 3 copies = 9. His solution was to always uncheck collate but sometimes I need the copies to be collated and it is an inconvenience to do it manually and a waste to throw away the extras. No one else is having this issue. It started to happen in Quickbooks and now has spread to other applications. He removed and reinstalled the printer, updated the driver (from Xerox's website) and tried a few other things over my head but it's still happening. Any ideas?