Searching for Printer Driver

April 10, 2010 at 21:15:06
Specs: Windows XP Home
Hi, I have a very good old HP Laserjet 5L which was running on a Laserjet IIIsi printer driver until we had our computer serviced. Now the driver needs to be reinstalled and I cant find the driver anywhere.

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April 10, 2010 at 21:36:57

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April 10, 2010 at 21:41:02
The drivers for it are built into XP but it's old enough that it's probably not Plug And Play detectable, so you have to select the drivers manually.

Whatever computer it's connected to....
If it's connected to a printer port that's built into the mboard, go into the bios Setup and make sure the printer port (LPT1) mode is set to EPP, ECP, or EPP/ECP. Usually EPP is fine.
Save bios settings if you had to change that.

Go to Control Panel - Classic View - Printers and Faxes .

On the left select Add a printer


Choose Local printer if it's attached to the parallel port on the same computer, Next

(If it's connected to the parallel port on another computer on your local network, select Network printer . You do not need to install drivers on a computer on the network that is not connected to the printer, if file and printer sharing is enabled for the computers on the network, but you need to tell Windows which printer it is.)

Windows searches for a Plug and Play printer - it probably won't find one, Next

Use LPT1, Next

On the left scroll down to HP, on the right scroll WAY DOWN THE LIST down to Laserjet 5L, or Laserjet IIIsi if you'd rather use that, Next

Answer yes if you want the Laserjet to be the default printer, Next

Etc., etc.

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April 11, 2010 at 15:19:59
Hi there, thanks for the advice - It seems that the 5L driver was built in to XP and all I had to do was plug in, select the printer and print. Everything works fine.

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