I am sure you already know about this, but just in case - Did you find the handy little print area tool under the hand icon? It allows you to drag it out to specify your print area.
That will help with printing.
I pulled the above from another topic...
I am using Illustrator to finish maps that I started in ArcMap 8.3. While quite new at Illustrator (and quite enjoying it!) all is going well except for printing.
So far I have made 3 maps. Two I can print, but the third gives me about four feet of blank paper and a timeout error on our HP4000 plotter. On our HP1055 plotter I get nothing. I use the tool mentioned above to delineate the page - nothing. I have exported to .eps - nothing. I have saved as a pdf - nothing. Can you sense my frustration? The 1055 plotter gives you the option of spooling to your machine as opposed to the plotter - nothing. The 4000 doesn't give that option.
I am not sure if this is an Illustrator problem, a plotter problem or a network problem. My machine is a Dell with a XEON processor (2.8GHz) and 2 Gig of RAM. Any ideas would be appreciated. I have to contact our IT dept. today to try and eliminate a network/hardware problem if it exists.