New HP Laserjet 1300 Software for Vista

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  1. edspyhill01

    edspyhill01 Guest

    I'm setting up a new Dell computer with Vista. The HP software
    installed then gets backed out. Is there an updated installation disk
    for HP Laserjet 1300 printers for Vista?


    Ed S.
    edspyhill01, Mar 1, 2008
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    Malke Guest

    Go to HP's website and start here since I'm not sure which model you have:

    Malke, Mar 1, 2008
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  3. From the HP web site, you can download the drivers..

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    edspyhill01 Guest


    The main problem I'm having is I can't do manual double-sided printing
    with the Vista drivers. I downloaded each of the three files. They
    were simply unzipped at the top of C:. Should these files be copied
    to a special directory?

    Ed S.
    edspyhill01, Mar 1, 2008
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    cpemma Guest

    You can get the Vista drivers from HP, or Vista installs drivers and Windows
    Update will load a newer set - though possibly because I have the HP ones
    already installed, this update always fails for me (but continues to tell
    me, after inspecting my system, that it's available).

    One oddball, Vista has set up two printers, HP Universal Printing PCL6 and
    HP Laserjet 1300 PCL5. PCL6 works fine, PCL5 only prints 1 copy no matter
    how many I dial in. I'm using the USB port.

    The HP Vista file doesn't include the toolbox, not that that bothers me, the
    "replace cartridge" thing doesn't work with the king-size toner.
    cpemma, Mar 1, 2008
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    cpemma Guest

    If you look in the unzipped folders you should find an install.exe or
    setup.exe file. Once things are running you can delete the HP C: folders.
    cpemma, Mar 1, 2008
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    edspyhill01 Guest

    The installation options do not include a USB connection. There are
    no README or installation instructions. How is it that HP did not
    prepare for Vista?
    edspyhill01, Mar 2, 2008
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    dzomlija Guest

    Welcome to the world of HP! :sarc:

    HP has notoriously bad Vista support. In those few cases where drivers
    for Vista ARE made, they are usually stripped-down and have less
    features. In many other cases however, you just won't get the drivers
    you want.

    I think HP is trying to force you to purchase a new printer. Which is
    exactly what I did over a year ago - I bought a Canon.


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    edspyhill01 Guest

    Thanks. I think you are correct about being forced to purchase a new
    printer. This HP Laserjet 1300 works flawlessly. I'll press the
    issue (ha!) with HP and if I get a solution I'll post it here.

    I've had my new Vista-powered computer for about 3 days and it is not
    too steep of a learning curve. I'm starting with the big Dummies
    Vista book (10 in 1 or 9 in 1) si it is RTFM time for me.

    Ed S.

    Ed S.
    edspyhill01, Mar 2, 2008
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    cpemma Guest

    Just install the thing, you'll end up with two IEEE 1284.4 entries in Device
    Manager, one for the parallel port, one for USB. I can't promise you'll get
    your manual double-sided whatever, but the printer works. I do manual
    double-sided by putting the odd pages back in and reverse printing the even

    If you really want instructions and a readme they're hidden behind tabs on
    the download page marked "Installation Instructions" and "Readme".
    cpemma, Mar 2, 2008
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    edspyhill01 Guest

    That's a Doh! on my part. I was up late last night into this morning
    working on the new PC. I found the tabs and will read the

    Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Aside from the
    printer problem I'm happy with the much faster PC and with Vista. I
    successfully installed CDex, Finale PrintMusic, TurboTax and one or
    two smaller apps without any problems.


    Ed S.
    edspyhill01, Mar 2, 2008
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