Win 7 drivers for HP printers

Discussion in 'Windows 64 Bit' started by Bill Stanton, May 5, 2011.

  1. Bill Stanton

    Bill Stanton Guest

    Has anyone come across a source for
    "Generic IEEE 1284.4 Printing Support"?

    In migrating to Win 7 Pro Sp1, I'm needing
    to install a HP LaserJet 3550n.

    I've not had any luck with HP support, at
    least in my searches.

    Bill
     
    Bill Stanton, May 5, 2011
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  2. Bill Stanton

    VanguardLH Guest

    Bill Stanton wrote:

    > Has anyone come across a source for "Generic IEEE 1284.4 Printing
    > Support"? In migrating to Win 7 Pro Sp1, I'm needing to install a HP
    > LaserJet 3550n. I've not had any luck with HP support, at least in my
    > searches.


    Did support for the printer end before Windows 7 got released (or before
    Microsoft started development on it and provided preview releases to
    device manufacturers)? If the product got dropped before Windows 7 then
    it's not just that a printer maker doesn't want to support an OS but
    that they won't expend the resources and manpower on developing software
    for an unsupported product.

    http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF10a/18972-18972-3328060-15077-236268-411171.html

    That page says the product was discontinued but not when.

    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...odTypeId=18972&prodSeriesId=411171&taskId=135

    That doesn't list Windows 7 as a supported OS. Tis the problem when
    moving forward in OS versions as it's your responsibility to ensure all
    your old hardware can move forward.

    Have you tried XP Mode to see if the HP software will install there?
    The Vista driver doesn't work under Windows 7?
     
    VanguardLH, May 5, 2011
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  3. The 3550n is not supported in Windows 7. See
    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&objectID=c02535920.

    If you want to keep it running - a newer printer would be better -
    install an earlier version of Windows in a virtual machine which
    supports parallel ports.

    XP Mode will not work (unless you can get a USB to parallel port adapter
    working - many will not) because Windows Virtual PC does not support
    parallel ports.



    On 05/05/2011 03:12, Bill Stanton wrote:
    > Has anyone come across a source for
    > "Generic IEEE 1284.4 Printing Support"?
    >
    > In migrating to Win 7 Pro Sp1, I'm needing
    > to install a HP LaserJet 3550n.
    >
    > I've not had any luck with HP support, at least in my searches.
    >
    > Bill
     
    Dominic Payer, May 5, 2011
    #3
  4. Bill Stanton

    Bill Stanton Guest

    Through some superficial experiments, I had somehow convinced myself
    that the 3550 would move forward............not too swift on my part.

    The color toner is very expensive, so I'll likely use it up running the 3550
    in a virtual machine and plan to replace the printer. Particularly since the
    toner was a large part of the original purchase price.

    Thanks for your reply,
    Bill

    "VanguardLH" <> wrote in message
    news:iptfi3$4hi$...
    > Bill Stanton wrote:
    >
    >> Has anyone come across a source for "Generic IEEE 1284.4 Printing
    >> Support"? In migrating to Win 7 Pro Sp1, I'm needing to install a HP
    >> LaserJet 3550n. I've not had any luck with HP support, at least in my
    >> searches.

    >
    > Did support for the printer end before Windows 7 got released (or before
    > Microsoft started development on it and provided preview releases to
    > device manufacturers)? If the product got dropped before Windows 7 then
    > it's not just that a printer maker doesn't want to support an OS but
    > that they won't expend the resources and manpower on developing software
    > for an unsupported product.
    >
    > http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF10a/18972-18972-3328060-15077-236268-411171.html
    >
    > That page says the product was discontinued but not when.
    >
    > http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...odTypeId=18972&prodSeriesId=411171&taskId=135
    >
    > That doesn't list Windows 7 as a supported OS. Tis the problem when
    > moving forward in OS versions as it's your responsibility to ensure all
    > your old hardware can move forward.
    >
    > Have you tried XP Mode to see if the HP software will install there?
    > The Vista driver doesn't work under Windows 7?
     
    Bill Stanton, May 5, 2011
    #4
  5. Bill Stanton

    Bill Stanton Guest

    Thanks, see my reply to Vanguard.
    Bill

    "Dominic Payer" <> wrote in message
    news:ipu025$4gf$...
    > The 3550n is not supported in Windows 7. See
    > http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&objectID=c02535920.
    >
    > If you want to keep it running - a newer printer would be better - install
    > an earlier version of Windows in a virtual machine which supports parallel
    > ports.
    >
    > XP Mode will not work (unless you can get a USB to parallel port adapter
    > working - many will not) because Windows Virtual PC does not support
    > parallel ports.
    >
    >
    >
    > On 05/05/2011 03:12, Bill Stanton wrote:
    >> Has anyone come across a source for
    >> "Generic IEEE 1284.4 Printing Support"?
    >>
    >> In migrating to Win 7 Pro Sp1, I'm needing
    >> to install a HP LaserJet 3550n.
    >>
    >> I've not had any luck with HP support, at least in my searches.
    >>
    >> Bill
     
    Bill Stanton, May 5, 2011
    #5
  6. Bill Stanton

    VanguardLH Guest

    Dominic Payer wrote:

    > Bill Stanton wrote:
    >
    >> In migrating to Win 7 Pro Sp1, I'm needing to install a HP LaserJet
    >> 3550n.

    >
    > XP Mode will not work (unless you can get a USB to parallel port
    > adapter working - many will not) because Windows Virtual PC does not
    > support parallel ports.


    The "n" model for 3550 includes JetDirect print server (i.e., a network
    printer). Presumably the extra money was paid for the N model so the
    printer could be network accessible. Since the virtual machine supports
    networking, this networked printer should be accessible.

    HP Color LaserJet 3550 Getting Started Guide:
    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00224991/c00224991.pdf

    HP Color LaserJet 3550 Overview (specifications included):
    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...=18972&prodSeriesId=411171&objectID=c01371765

    The 3550 (and N model by extension) have USB support. In fact, this
    printer does NOT have a parallel port according to its manual. USB and
    network are its connection interfaces, no parallel.

    USB isn't supported in Microsoft's VirtualPC 2007. I don't know if the
    XP Mode variant of it supports USB. From a couple forum posts, XP Mode
    appears to have USB support except that devices have to be manually
    attached. You could use a different VMM, like VMWare Server (free) or
    VirtualBox for automatic attachment of USB devices.
     
    VanguardLH, May 5, 2011
    #6
  7. Bill Stanton

    Bill Stanton Guest

    Yes, the 3550n includes a network print server. However, since I already
    have a network B&W printer AND no open ports available on the switch,
    I just installed the printer to a USB port shared between Win7 and the
    virtual PC/Win XP. I can always expand the switch capabilities if anyone
    expresses a need for color. I'll eventually need a new router anyway
    when the new protocol becomes predominant on the Web.

    Thanks for your input.
    Bill

    "VanguardLH" <> wrote in message
    news:ipv00s$f90$...
    > Dominic Payer wrote:
    >
    >> Bill Stanton wrote:
    >>
    >>> In migrating to Win 7 Pro Sp1, I'm needing to install a HP LaserJet
    >>> 3550n.

    >>
    >> XP Mode will not work (unless you can get a USB to parallel port
    >> adapter working - many will not) because Windows Virtual PC does not
    >> support parallel ports.

    >
    > The "n" model for 3550 includes JetDirect print server (i.e., a network
    > printer). Presumably the extra money was paid for the N model so the
    > printer could be network accessible. Since the virtual machine supports
    > networking, this networked printer should be accessible.
    >
    > HP Color LaserJet 3550 Getting Started Guide:
    > http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00224991/c00224991.pdf
    >
    > HP Color LaserJet 3550 Overview (specifications included):
    > http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...=18972&prodSeriesId=411171&objectID=c01371765
    >
    > The 3550 (and N model by extension) have USB support. In fact, this
    > printer does NOT have a parallel port according to its manual. USB and
    > network are its connection interfaces, no parallel.
    >
    > USB isn't supported in Microsoft's VirtualPC 2007. I don't know if the
    > XP Mode variant of it supports USB. From a couple forum posts, XP Mode
    > appears to have USB support except that devices have to be manually
    > attached. You could use a different VMM, like VMWare Server (free) or
    > VirtualBox for automatic attachment of USB devices.
     
    Bill Stanton, May 6, 2011
    #7
  8. FWIW, if USB becomes an issue, add USB over Ethernet (www.kernelpro.com) and
    do it that way. Frankly, I've found it far more reliable than the USB
    support available in Windows 7 Virtual PC.

    --
    Charlie.
    http://blogs.msmvps.com/Russel


    "Bill Stanton" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Yes, the 3550n includes a network print server. However, since I already
    > have a network B&W printer AND no open ports available on the switch,
    > I just installed the printer to a USB port shared between Win7 and the
    > virtual PC/Win XP. I can always expand the switch capabilities if anyone
    > expresses a need for color. I'll eventually need a new router anyway
    > when the new protocol becomes predominant on the Web.
    >
    > Thanks for your input.
    > Bill
    >
    > "VanguardLH" <> wrote in message
    > news:ipv00s$f90$...
    >> Dominic Payer wrote:
    >>
    >>> Bill Stanton wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> In migrating to Win 7 Pro Sp1, I'm needing to install a HP LaserJet
    >>>> 3550n.
    >>>
    >>> XP Mode will not work (unless you can get a USB to parallel port
    >>> adapter working - many will not) because Windows Virtual PC does not
    >>> support parallel ports.

    >>
    >> The "n" model for 3550 includes JetDirect print server (i.e., a network
    >> printer). Presumably the extra money was paid for the N model so the
    >> printer could be network accessible. Since the virtual machine supports
    >> networking, this networked printer should be accessible.
    >>
    >> HP Color LaserJet 3550 Getting Started Guide:
    >> http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00224991/c00224991.pdf
    >>
    >> HP Color LaserJet 3550 Overview (specifications included):
    >> http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...=18972&prodSeriesId=411171&objectID=c01371765
    >>
    >> The 3550 (and N model by extension) have USB support. In fact, this
    >> printer does NOT have a parallel port according to its manual. USB and
    >> network are its connection interfaces, no parallel.
    >>
    >> USB isn't supported in Microsoft's VirtualPC 2007. I don't know if the
    >> XP Mode variant of it supports USB. From a couple forum posts, XP Mode
    >> appears to have USB support except that devices have to be manually
    >> attached. You could use a different VMM, like VMWare Server (free) or
    >> VirtualBox for automatic attachment of USB devices.

    >
     
    Charlie Russel-MVP, May 6, 2011
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  9. Bill Stanton

    Bill Stanton Guest

    Thanks Charlie, I'll look into that as I move forward with the
    current migration efforts.
    Bill

    "Charlie Russel-MVP" <> wrote in message
    news:iq0u48$n00$...
    > FWIW, if USB becomes an issue, add USB over Ethernet (www.kernelpro.com)
    > and do it that way. Frankly, I've found it far more reliable than the USB
    > support available in Windows 7 Virtual PC.
    >
    > --
    > Charlie.
    > http://blogs.msmvps.com/Russel
    >
    >
    > "Bill Stanton" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Yes, the 3550n includes a network print server. However, since I already
    >> have a network B&W printer AND no open ports available on the switch,
    >> I just installed the printer to a USB port shared between Win7 and the
    >> virtual PC/Win XP. I can always expand the switch capabilities if anyone
    >> expresses a need for color. I'll eventually need a new router anyway
    >> when the new protocol becomes predominant on the Web.
    >>
    >> Thanks for your input.
    >> Bill
    >>
    >> "VanguardLH" <> wrote in message
    >> news:ipv00s$f90$...
    >>> Dominic Payer wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Bill Stanton wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>>> In migrating to Win 7 Pro Sp1, I'm needing to install a HP LaserJet
    >>>>> 3550n.
    >>>>
    >>>> XP Mode will not work (unless you can get a USB to parallel port
    >>>> adapter working - many will not) because Windows Virtual PC does not
    >>>> support parallel ports.
    >>>
    >>> The "n" model for 3550 includes JetDirect print server (i.e., a network
    >>> printer). Presumably the extra money was paid for the N model so the
    >>> printer could be network accessible. Since the virtual machine supports
    >>> networking, this networked printer should be accessible.
    >>>
    >>> HP Color LaserJet 3550 Getting Started Guide:
    >>> http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c00224991/c00224991.pdf
    >>>
    >>> HP Color LaserJet 3550 Overview (specifications included):
    >>> http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...=18972&prodSeriesId=411171&objectID=c01371765
    >>>
    >>> The 3550 (and N model by extension) have USB support. In fact, this
    >>> printer does NOT have a parallel port according to its manual. USB and
    >>> network are its connection interfaces, no parallel.
    >>>
    >>> USB isn't supported in Microsoft's VirtualPC 2007. I don't know if the
    >>> XP Mode variant of it supports USB. From a couple forum posts, XP Mode
    >>> appears to have USB support except that devices have to be manually
    >>> attached. You could use a different VMM, like VMWare Server (free) or
    >>> VirtualBox for automatic attachment of USB devices.

    >>

    >
     
    Bill Stanton, May 6, 2011
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