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HP printer drivers - John C. Kirk

Feb. 2nd, 2006

04:39 pm - HP printer drivers

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Date:October 18th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Installing HP Laserjet on Windows XP - Shared on Vista Ultimate

WOW, I was looking for a solution for like... 5 hours before i stumbled up on this page. Even though the solution is simple, yet you're a genious. I just expected the inf-files from HP to be 100% correct... I won't ever again... I kept getting the "Windows cannot find a suitable printer driver" error.

I tried to install a XP driver which were called:
"HP LaserJet 2300 Series PCL 6"
in the inf file for XP, but in the inf file for NT4 it was called:
"HP LaserJet 2300 Series PCL6"

See? one of the device names has an extra space in between "PCL" and "6".

I simply removed the extra space in the NT4 .inf file and voila! - I could install the xp drivers to my NT4 server and it all worked like a charm!

A tiny space was all that messed up my day, but you made it!


// Lars in Stockholm/Sweden
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Date:March 31st, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)

Re: Installing HP Laserjet on Windows XP - Shared on Vista Ultimate

Hey guys, I have an HP 3030PS unit sitting on a windows xp pro pc with the non-universal drivers installed, and I'm trying to install the universal x64 driver on the server 2003 x64 box to have it show up on the terminal services...I cannot find the "devicename" section in the .inf files...any suggestions?
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Date:March 31st, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)

Re: Installing HP Laserjet on Windows XP - Shared on Vista Ultimate

I got 'er, here's the lowdown...

Here's how I pulled it off:

1. Add the printer on the server as a local printer (uncheck the plug and play box) using the x64 driver

2. change the port to the proper network location

3. when the hp universal plug and play software (that you should have already installed, if not, do it now) will come up and ask you where the printer is at, use the UNC code of it's location i.e. \\computername\printername

and there's a checkbox on that page that tells the HP software to make this a permanent printer in "printer and faxes", make sure that's checked...now you're good to go ;)
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