Setting Up A Printer
Posted 09 April 2007 - 12:02 PM
Posted 09 April 2007 - 12:53 PM
Do you have a Windows Vista drivers for this device? (If you only have a disk and it doesn't list that it is Vista compatible then the answer is no.) If not, you will need to go to the website of the printer manufacturer (HP, Cannon, Epson... whoever makes the printer) and download the appropriate driver. A word of warning, you will likely need to know the exact model number of your printer and then search through a long list of drivers. But, once you have the correct one it should be simple from there. If they supply instructions on driver install, follow them! You should be done in a snap.
If no instuctions or "read me" files are provided... Begin by seeing if the driver is a self-install or not. If it's a self-install, then you should probably start by unplugging the USB cable from either the back of the computer or the back of the printer. Then, install the driver. Restart the computer. Now, plug in your printer. If the driver was a self-install driver your system should now recognize "new hardware" and automatically install it. If this does not happen then you may need to do a manual install.
To do a manual install, navigate your way to the Device Manager. (I don't know about in Vista, but in XP that is located at Start> Control Panel> System> Hardware Tab> Device Manager.) Once at Device Manager, look for any hardware that is flagged with an exclamation mark. (If there is any, it will likely be your printer.) If nothing is flagged, then simply locate the the printer in the list. (It will likely be under a header something like IEEE compatible printers.) Regardless of where or how you find it, once you have located your printer in the Device Manager, double click on it. From there, click the "Driver" tab then "Update Driver". Follow the on-screen wizard pointing it to the location of the driver on your system if need be.
Let us know how it turns out.
Posted 09 April 2007 - 03:25 PM
Posted 09 April 2007 - 05:13 PM
I should also tell you that there is a chance the printer may just not be Vista-able. I know years ago when I moved from 95 to 98 my HP printer was a no go. Leo has also mentioned losing a printer to his XP upgrade. Unfortunately, it can happen. I am sitting on about $2000 worth of software that probably will not work in Vista. So, I know the pain.
Posted 09 April 2007 - 06:39 PM
Posted 09 April 2007 - 07:40 PM
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