VISTA cannot find 722C printer

August 10, 2009 at 08:39:16
Specs: Windows Vista
722C has a parallel cable only. Added a good parallel to usb cable. Connected directly to a usb port on Dell Inspiron 530S using Vista Home Premium, Service Pack1. Added a printer. Vista says driver installed. When I try to print a test page or print a page from a ms product I see the page in the printer buffer and it says it is printing, then disappears. No printing takes place. Best I can figure out is that the driver is in place but VISTA does not actually see the printer. Have tried different usb ports. Printer works with XP but not VISTA. Any thoughts as to how to work around this problem? Thanks.

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#1
August 10, 2009 at 11:39:38
CLICK ME to read HP notes regarding Deskjet 722c Printer & Windows Vista. If you still want the full functions, consider trade it for a newer Vista-compatible printer.

i_Xp/VistaUser


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#2
August 10, 2009 at 12:25:14
Appreciated the reply. Unfortunately I already tried it. This screen provides for usb to usb or parallel to parallel but not parallel to usb. The 722C has a parallel only (no usb) and the Dell has usb only (no parallel). I tried the usb to usb method shown (using the parallel to usb) and vista saw the 722C and installed the driver on startup, but when you try to test print or print it no longer sees the printer. I have gotten something to the effect of unknown device when I get out to the printer and ports. Any other thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.

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#3
August 10, 2009 at 12:26:57
Followup. I really do like the 722C. It's been a good workhorse, reliable with good quality printing. Still working well and would really hate to have to dump it.

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#4
August 10, 2009 at 13:24:04
Take you pick...

1) not all Parallel to USB Devices are good quality, try a branded make ie Belkin

2) install a Parallel Port PCI Card http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...

3) use a Parallel Port Network Adaptor if you already have a router


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#5
August 10, 2009 at 14:03:09
Was looking at option 2 or 3; just hoping that perhaps I had missed something and there was a way to get around what I think is one of VISTA's shortcomings.

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#6
August 10, 2009 at 22:34:33
It is not a VISTA shortcoming, it is using obsolete hardware on a new PC/Laptop........

I vote for Option 2 !!


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