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Installing an old printer on a new computer?

Asked by answerjill (5870 points ) December 13th, 2010

I have a new computer and a very old printer. I searched online for a printer driver so that I could install the printer on the new computer. The only driver that I could find is not compatible with a computer that runs Windows 7. I spoke to tech support and they said that this means that I need to buy a new printer. Is this true? Do you know of any way to get around this issue? Thanks!

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erichw1504's avatar

Well, if that is the only driver you could find then you’re out of luck. I don’t know of any other way to work around that.

How old is the printer? Did you speak with tech support for the printer or your computer?

answerjill's avatar

The printer is really old. I actually don’t even remember when I got it! I spoke with tech support for a company that sells drivers. I should probably get in touch with my computer’s tech support. I think that ehe printer company, Compaq, is now owned by the company that made my computer, HP.

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update: called HP tech support and they confirmed that printer is incompatible with my new computer.

erichw1504's avatar

@answerjill Well that sucks! Sorry to hear about that. Guess you’re going to have to throw some cash at a new printer.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

It’s always worth trying the Windows 2000 driver, even if the manufacturer says it isn’t compatible. Or Microsoft, for that matter. A lot of times, it will work under most situations, but not others, e.g., you may not be able to do the high-resolution graphics 7 supports, but for ordinary text printing, it could be just fine.

Doppelganger19's avatar

The good news is, printer prices have really dropped since you bought yours. REALLY dropped.

chyna's avatar

I have found printers at Target for less than $20.00. I can’t buy the ink cartridges for that cheap.

answerjill's avatar

@IchtheosaurusRex – Thanks for that advice! I tried to install it anyway, but I couldn’t because it doesn’t work with 64-bit computer.

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@Doppelganger19 – Yup, you’re right! It won’t be terrible if I have to buy a new one.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

@answerjill , the only thing that might work in that case is a 64-bit XP driver, but I doubt that one exists for your printer. I would suggest recycling it or just use it with your old computer. You might be able to use it as a network printer.

answerjill's avatar

@IchtheosaurusRex – I will put it up on Freecycle!

jerv's avatar

It’s possible that you could still use it as-is if you were running Linux. However, I think that Freecycle may be a better bet.

@chyna The reason I ditched my old black-only printer was that it was cheaper for me to upgrade to a new color inkjet than to buy new cartridges for my old printer!

answerjill's avatar

I am looking forward to the new printer.

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