Color printer only prints in black and white

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Printing / Faxing / Scanning' started by sachelis, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. sachelis

    sachelis Guest

    ::I have a HP4650 that is connected to a PC running Windows XP-SP3. I am
    printing from a laptop running Windows Vista Business 64. I am using the
    \"HP PCL5 Universal Print Driver\" (I have the same results if I use the
    \"HP PCL6 Universal Print Driver\"). These are the drivers for Vista 64
    from HP's website. The printer is connected to the Vista laptop as a
    local printer, using a local port similar to '\\officedell\HP4650'
    (file://\\officedell\HP4650). (If I don't use the local port approach,
    printing is extremely slow... 3+ minutes to display the printer's
    Properties dialog).::

    ::When I print from any program on the Vista laptop, even the Test Page
    from Properties, the printing is in black and white (no color). When I
    print from the computer that is connected directly to the printer, or
    from any other computer on the network, the printout is in color. Note
    that the color option **is** enabled in the printer's Properties on the
    Vista computer. I have unloaded and reloaded the drivers repeatedly.::

    sachelis, Apr 22, 2009
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  2. Cari \(MS-MVP\), Apr 22, 2009
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  3. sachelis

    Questor Guest

    Can you go into control panel-classic view-printers-select the printer by
    left clicking on it then right click on it and select run as
    administrator-properties and you will have to look around for the color and
    grayscale or black & white options usually under printing preferences and
    print quality and change it to color.
    Questor, Apr 23, 2009
  4. sachelis

    asg Guest

    I tried that universal driver for my HP2840 networked printer, and it
    will only print in B&W. I had to use the Windows 2800 series pritner,
    but now it takes 5-10 minutes to print a page from a PDF document.
    asg, May 10, 2009
  5. sachelis

    sachelis Guest

    Are you on a network and if so, did you install it as a local printer?
    sachelis, May 11, 2009
  6. sachelis

    asg Guest

    I am on a home network and the printer was installed as a network
    printer, not as a local printer.

    I am not having any problems printing out of any other program, just
    problems with adobe acrobat.
    asg, May 11, 2009
  7. sachelis


    Apr 6, 2009
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    The Universal Printer driver is the biggest pain ever! I hate how lazy HP have become with older printers. I have 15 of the damn printers in my company and I can't just throw them away with all the inks!! That's a shed load of money.

    Anyway, after a lot of messing around with the hp universal driver (Which has got worse since they added the annoying pop up which tries to detect your printers and doesn't let you close it.. This only messes the printers up even more)

    Anyway where was I... oh yes... the only way I got colour from deploying universal printer driver to 32 / 64bit pc's was to use the postscript driver!

    I downloaded both the 32 / 64 bit postscript driver and installed them on my print server. Now both 32bit and 64bit pc's can print in colour!

    Shame on HP for awful drivers!:mad:
    dubsdj, Nov 5, 2012
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