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Vista does not see HP printer

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Green_Manelishi, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. I recently purchased a LT running Vista. It's "fine" except it does not see the HP printer on the network. My wife's Dell (XP Home) sees the printer, my old Toshiba (XP Pro) saw the printer, but the new Vista does not see the printer.
    Our network is wireless running through a "Verizon" router. Any ideas?
  2. WhatYouWant

    WhatYouWant Duh!

    Feb 28, 2005
    Land O' Sea
    My printer is running through a print server (dlink) because it is not network ready itself. I needed to install a new printer and provide the drivers and other information to have the Vista computer see the printer.

    Can you ping the printer address from the laptop?

  3. srhoades


    Jul 14, 2000
    Turn off the vista firewall. Does vista support this printer?
  4. spotco2


    Sep 11, 2005
    I got a new computer last year that had Vista.

    It would not recognise any of my printers.

    After talking with HP support I found out that my year old laser was not compatable with Vista and my Lexmark's were not either.

    Dumped Vista and loaded XP.

    Everything's fine now.

    Vista kinda sucks....a lot :)
  5. Do you know if the firewall is the problem or is that a guess? It's something I have wondered about but hesitated to turn off just to see if it worked.

    I able to add the printer but it is still not visible to Vista. Not sure what that means.

    Am "toying" with installing Virtual PC and Windows XP to see if that makes a difference.

    Dare I say that I "hate" computers?
  6. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

    If your worried then disconect your Internet access point.

    I use VPC all the time ... I'm using it now, it's probably the safest way to access the Internet.

    You probably need to find a compatible printer driver for Vista, check the manufactures web site.
  7. Funny that I was able to "add" the printer using whatever drivers Vistuh has, and it thinks it's printing but nothing actually appears.
  8. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

    Sounds like a driver issue, check the manufactures web site for the latest one.
  9. If I read the HP site correctly the Vista driver is sufficient. However, most are assuming I am plugging the printer into the Vista LT; I am not, the HP is connected to the router.
  10. Sgt. Schultz

    Sgt. Schultz Annoying Member

    Okay that’s different story, what I would do is add the printer as if it were attached to the LT then change the printer port to the IP address of the printer.

    I have found that it's always easier to setup a wireless printer if you can actually attached it to the computer and install the drivers, then change the port settings and you are good to go … that way if there are any problems at least you know the printer works and the problem lies elsewhere.
  11. Hokie

    Hokie NRA Member

    May 16, 2006
    Why would you blame Lexmark's or HP's decision not to write Vista drivers on Microsoft?
  12. spotco2


    Sep 11, 2005
    Because all of the operating systems that Microsoft has came up with over the past 15 years or so have been backwards compatable so older software and components would work with the new operating system.

    Not so with Vista.

    I purchased this computer in July 07 and as of then Quicken was not compatable with Vista (this is my office computer). Neither was Adobe Acrobat or any of the software that is required for us to operate.

    If I had kept Vista, I would have had to purchase a new laser printer also for the office to replace the one that I had purchased the year before for close to the same price as the new computer.

    I actually kinda liked the way that Vista was running until I discovered that it was a completely worthless operating system for our office computer.

    If it had been backwards compatable with XP, it would have been fine.

    Microsoft seriously dropped the ball on this one.
  13. dotsun

    dotsun Shark Stomper

    Mar 25, 2007
    Knoxville, TN
    Try loading Win 98 drivers on xp, you'll find that not to work. I do agree that it would have been nice if MS could have made vista more compatible with xp drivers but it is what it is. And what it is requires manufacturers of devices to write drivers for vista, which is not explicitly MS's responsibility.

    To the OP: It does sound like you haven't set your port correctly in your driver.
  14. wbgolden


    Sep 16, 2008