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  1. cgheilman

    cgheilman Thread Starter

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    Hi all,

    I have Windows 7 Professional, and I have an HP LaserJet 1200 printer I print to via a Macintosh. 7 sees the printer fine and connects fine, but I installed the HP Universal Print Driver 6.0, which is supposedly buggy. So now when I try to print, I only get print gibberish.

    I have tried every possible way imaginable to change the driver manually, but I can't find out how to change or delete it. Does anyone know how? This is incredibly annoying becuase I can't print from my primary computer!

    Other than this annoyance, I love 7!

    Thanks in advance.

    Christian
     
  2. Mumbodog

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    So you are running boot camp or parallels on that MAC, or am I missing something?
     
  3. cgheilman

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    No, sorry for the confusion.

    The LaserJet 1200 is connected via USB to an iMac. The iMac and my desktop are connected on the wireless network. My desktop connects to the LaserJet via the iMac.

    Because the printer isn't plugged in directly via USB it doesn't show up in the device manager, which is why I'm having so many problems.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  4. Mumbodog

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    Does it show up in printers in control panel? if so right click it and select delete. Then after it is done click File>Server properties>drivers tab, if the printer driver shows in there, delete it also. Restart the PC.
     
  5. cgheilman

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    I've heard that direction, but there's no file menu in Windows 7. There are only two buttons to "add a device" or "add a printer" where the file menu usually is.
     
  6. Mumbodog

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    They hide it, go to Organize>layout> select menu bar
     
  7. cgheilman

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    Unfortunately, I don't think the same instructions apply in 7. I have attached my printers and devices screen.

    Am I missing it somewhere?

    Thanks!

    Christian
     

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    HP Laserjet 1200 on macintosh right click-delete, it should remove the driver also.

    yup no menu bar, they are always changing things.
     
  9. cgheilman

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    Unfortunately (again) I tried that. It deletes, and when I re-add it it "remembers" that it uses the new HP Driver that has errors...

    This is incredibly frustrating. Do you have any more ideas?

    Thanks!
     
  10. Mumbodog

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    While you are in printers

    3. Right-click on the blank part of the window, and choose "Run as administrator"->"Server Properties".

    4. On the Drivers tab, select the listed printer and click the Remove button. Please then select Remove driver and driver package.

    5. Open Start menu, input APPWIZ.CPL in the Search box and press ENTER to launch "Programs and Features".

    6. Try to remove all related printer software.



    found it here
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com...g/thread/395fd3c0-e6b3-420c-af4c-541b28dfce70
     
  11. cgheilman

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    Ahh! When I right-click a blank part of the window "Run As Administrator" doesn't show up. It's organizational things, Add Printer, Add Device, and Device Manager.

    I don't know why they felt the need to change it so drastically from Vista.

    Any help is more than appreciated!
     
  12. DaveA

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    I think the problem is that you are getting the MAC driver installed or linked to and the Windows 7 is NOT being used.
     
  13. cgheilman

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    That's not the case because I manually installed the HP Universal Driver 6 myself. Because I installed that driver, Windows 7 won't delete it so I can go back to version 5.

    Any ideas? Thanks again!
     
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    Is this Windows machine running a 64 bit version of Windows?
     
  15. cgheilman

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    No, it's running Windows 7 32 bit.
     
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