Solved Viability of an old, never-used Compaq color inkjet printer?

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May 27, 2013 at 15:26:41
Specs: Win7, 64 bit OS/4 GB
Doing "spring cleaning" I discovered an old (I don't know how old) Compaq IJ300 color inkjet printer. I'm not sure how I came upon it but my question is, is this likely to still be useful? I ask because I discovered after my recent desktop computer purchase that my quite old HP LaserJet printer's cable wasn't able to connect to my new computer and was rendered useless.

Thanks for any help you can give me on this.

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May 27, 2013 at 15:47:16
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Two things you need to consider; can you get cartridges for it and can you get drivers for it?

As HP only list Drivers for Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows 98, it looks like a candidate for the museum of computing. A printer that old is almost certainly going to have a parallel interface as well which renders it even more obsolete.


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May 27, 2013 at 17:11:10
XP has built in support for that model printer. I don't know about win 7.

Personally I'd keep the HP laserjet. You can probably get an adapter cable or add a printer card.

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May 28, 2013 at 15:50:10
Another problem you may encounter is that the internal ink nozzles may be blocked up with dried ink which turns to a paste-like consistency. This will prevent, or partially prevent ink from reaching the paper.

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