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01-19-2009 07:46 PM - edited 01-19-2009 07:50 PM
Okay, here is my story. I have a computer that has a shared printer (HP Laserjet 3030). I also have a laptop that I would like to print from. The operating system of my laptop is Windows Vista 64 bit. The OS on the computer that shares the 3030 Laserjet printer is Windows XP. I try to connect to the printer from my laptop but it says that t has the wrong driver. If I directly connect the laptop to the printer the laptop will detect the printer and detect the driver and be able to print. What I think is happening is that when I try to connect to the printer over the network, the computer that shares the printer is sending back a 32 bit driver when the laptop requires a 64 bit driver. After the laptop says that it cannot find the driver I do a search for the driver and refer it to the directory of the Vista 64 bit driver but the laptop still cannot detect the printer over the network. I have no problems with my other laptop that has 32 bit Windows Vista. How do I fix this? Are there any client/server software that I can use that can print to a computer with a printer?
03-21-2009 08:01 PM
I have been trying to get my new laptop with windows vista 64-bit OS, to print to a shared printer on a windows xp pro machine on my LAN workgroup. Vista is able to automatically discovcer the printer and I added it as a local printer using the create a new port option and choosing the local port option the \\servcername\printer name but because of, my guess is a print driver problem (HP only has a PCL5 driver available) the printer needs a PCL6 driver, so I downloaded the Universal print driver from HP as recommended by HP. When I print a test page I get the following:
PCL XL error:
Error: Unsupported Protocol
Looks like a driver error. The print monitor doesn't show any error, just prints the message
I am using the (Universal 64-bit Print Driver) from HP
03-23-2009 08:02 AM
03-24-2009 05:16 AM
Thanks so much for your input. The print share setup worked, just fine, i.e. my Vista laptop discovered the printer in the work group, Then I downloaded the 64-bit Vista file from HP's support download website, and ran the .exe file then tried the printer that is when I got the incomparable protocol error message. I actually deinstalled the printer that had been added as a universal printer during the .exe run and tried it again buy just trying to connect to the network printer that showed up in the neighborhood, same problem.
I guess the 64-bit panacea we had hoped for isn't here yet. It's great to have the 3meg limit lifted, but at what cost to compatability? I hope Windows 7 has a better handle on what the end user is really looking for. I may just have to "downgrade" to XP Pro.
Thanks again for your efforts.
04-15-2009 05:02 PM
I have an HP Deskjet 930C connected to a WinXP home box. I have successfully connected my Vista x64 to it via my home network. This was done by simply going to the add New Printer wizard on the Vista machine , selecting "Add a Local Printer", then "Create a new port:". Leave it selected to Local Port and click next. A box pops up and enter the path to your shared printer ie \\servername\printersharename . Select your printer from the multitude offered and complete the wizard.
This info was found at
It can be done.