Win 98se compatible printers?

April 24, 2011 at 19:55:43
Specs: Windows 98SE

Problem: Trying to set up ANCIENT (poor) relative using an OLD Gateway PC running Win98SE and with 1.0 USB inputs...with a usable compatible printer. Only thing I've really tried to make work so far is a new HP Deskjet 1000 (cheapo one) which taught me that the driver for it had to be OS compatible (HP apparently has removed their available drivers for pre-XP OS's)...and next a Canon PIXMA ip4200 printer (mine) where the Canon driver site shows it's compatible with Win98 but doesn't mention whether that includes 98SE or not (apparently it doesn't as driver failed installation).

I'm also thinking the problem may relate to incompatibility of some sort between old USB 1.0 the PC and OS 2.0 design in the printer, but don't know how to check that out from the available data.

Anyway, pulling my hair out and preparing to give it up, but this is ridiculous! Having good functional printers that can't be mated with good functional (albeit blue haired) PCs/OSs! Any more suggestions anyone?


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#1
April 24, 2011 at 21:49:05

The problem with drivers for older OS's is nothing new, and HP has become exceptionally bad for wiping older drivers off there website. Having USB 1.0 ports would likely have little to do with your problem. Nonetheless, this should work for the HP printer (it appears to be the same file for WinXP-Win7):

http://download.cnet.com/bi1000en-e...

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#2
April 24, 2011 at 22:04:12

If HP ever had 98 drivers for that model they should still be available for download. The specs for that model indicate there never was 98 support:

http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/sg/e...

They had a deskjet 1000cse printer with 98 support which I thought might be the same series. But the 1000cse is a parallel port printer so I'm sure the drivers aren't compatible with a USB printer. If you go with an HP printer yoiu'll need to find something older than the 1000.

As far as the Canon, if it has driver support for 98 then it has support for 98 SE.

I doubt the USB 1.0/2.0 is a factor. Any USB drivers for 98 would have to work with usb 1.0 as that was pretty much all that was around back then.

First make sure you are using the 98 canon drivers. Follow the installation instructions. It can be tricky. Sometimes you need to install them without the device attached.

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#3
April 24, 2011 at 23:49:22

T-R-A and Dave...thx for your thoughts. It'll probably be several days before I'll have time to work the problem some more, but will get back with comments/results when I do.

I'm a newbie on this forum so hope this posts to the intended thread...


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#4
April 29, 2011 at 14:27:06

T-R-A

Before I try having her D/L 30+MB over a dial-up interface (given I can't get my stick mem to work with her PC), could I ask your basis first in suggesting we try the driver set for HP's Business Inkjet 1000?

IOW, do you have experience in a driver set working for more than one model printer, or are you just guessing it might because it indicates Win98 compatibility (not that there's anything wrong with guessing either)?


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#5
May 1, 2011 at 09:12:51

If you use my search query, you can find a ton of brand-new-in-the-box printers on eBay that are Windows 98 compatible.

windows 98 printer

I personally like this one, because it prints, scans, copies, and has support for SD, CompactFlash, and other memory cards.

Windows 98SE has great support for USB, so don't be fooled into thinking you can't find a modern USB-powered printer that will run on Windows 98.

http://sdfox7.com
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#6
May 1, 2011 at 12:23:37

"(Before I try having her D/L 30+MB over a dial-up interface (given I can't get my stick mem to work with her PC)..."

If her machine has USB ports, you may have some success with the "generic" Win98 drivers:

http://www.technical-assistance.co....

Just make sure you get the proper set (Win98FE vs. Win98SE)


"IOW, do you have experience in a driver set working for more than one model printer, or are you just guessing it might because it indicates Win98 compatibility."

From personal experience I know that HP writes their drivers for several models under the same series (and different OS's).

@sdfox7:

"Windows 98SE has great support for USB, so don't be fooled into thinking you can't find a modern USB-powered printer that will run on Windows 98."

While Win98 has support for some USB devices, it would be a stretch to call it "great" (unless you compared it to Win95, which was pathetic). Microsoft left most OEM's to the task of making their own USB drivers for Win98, and much better native support came after Win98, particularly starting with Win2000.

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