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09-15-2009 10:20 AM
Hello, I recently installed Windows 7 64-bit edition on a new partition on my desktop computer. I've left the previous partition, with Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit, in tact since the Windows 7 eventually will be removed.
My issue is that I'm having trouble locating the x86 drivers I need to use to allow my two laptop computers, connected via my home network, to print to the machine now that it's running a 64-bit operating system.
The printer works fine connected to the Windows 7 x64 desktop, it's just that because I can't find the x86 driver, it won't let me print through my laptops.
Optimum Cable Internet (Motorola Surfboard Cable Modem w/ Voice)
Belkin FSD7230-4 Wireless "G" Router, using WEP encryption and MAC Filtering.
Desktop: Linksys WMP54Gv4 Wireless PCI Card connecting to router.
PSC 1350 All-in-One is connected via USB directly into the computer.
Laptops have their own built-in wireless cards connecting to the router, and the network has been set up. I can see the Desktop machine from the network, but I can't print because I don't have the x86 driver installed.
Going into Devices & Printers in Windows 7, I can see that I can click on the Share tab, and enable the device for sharing. However, there are three options to click on: Itanium (unchecked), x64 (checked), and x86 (unchecked). When I attempt to click on x86, it then asks me for a location of the .inf file, and all the things I've found on this website are an executable file for Windows XP and older, otherwise, they say it's plug-and-play for Vista and above (which is more or less true.)
Booting in Vista, which is x86 architecture, I located the driver that Microsoft is using: It's located in C:\Windows\system32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\3\ folder and called UNIDRV.DLL, a data-linked library.
I need to locate some type of .INF (driver) file so I can use it with my other machines.
Or, my mother-in-law has recommended that I go purchase a new Wireless printer and go directly to the printer to print... She recommends the Brother line of products. I may end up doing it anyway because it appears that HP is not keeping up with the technology and we still don't have full functionality for the device since Vista shipped a few years ago.
Any suggestions on where I can find this? Thanks.