Drivers for old HPs (Deskjet 820Cse)

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Printing / Faxing / Scanning' started by JETHRO, Nov 11, 2007.


    JETHRO Guest

    I've tried everything I can think of (and a lot of other's advice) to get my
    820Cse to run with Vista. On the HP site, there isn't anything other than an
    explanation that the native Vista drivers will get the job done. Not true,
    as far as I can tell. I've attempted to install them every which way, but
    without success. I even tried to DL the original drivers using compatability
    for Win 95, 98, NT 4.0, and XP. No dice. I also tried uninstalling the
    printer, rebooting, running the driver/utility installation, rebooting, then
    plugging in the HP. Vista STILL couldn't find them, and my browsing for them
    didn't work either. This method seems to have been a winner for others in
    this area though.

    Anyway, I'd greatly appreciate any help to conquer this. And, especially
    any info from folks who have successfully gotten their old HP 800 series
    printer to work. Mine's almost 15 years old, has printed a HUGE amount
    during that time, and still prints like the day I took it out of the store.
    If only even half of things sold now we're like that, right?

    JETHRO, Nov 11, 2007
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  2. One issue is that the 820 was one of the first host-based printers HP
    made. It only understands basic graphics commands. It requires full
    duplex communication between the computer and printer. I don't believe
    any other driver will work with it, except possibly the 7xx series,
    which were also host-based.

    I know it's an OK printer, but even the cheapest printer you can buy now
    will have better output. You can probably buy one for less than the cost
    of cartridges for the 820.
    Andrew Rossmann, Nov 12, 2007
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