01-18-2020 06:51 PM
My HP 6978 works fine directly connected to my desktop computer. Up until recently, wireless was fine also, but now, while I can still scan with no problem from my wireless laptops, I can't print regardless of the source (document, pdf, browser, etc.) When I attempt to print, I don't see my printer listed, and when I try to install a new printer, I see the 6978, but it says "driver is unavailable." Print and scan doctor sees a problem, but can't identify it. I have tried uninstalling and re-installing everything several times but that didn't help. Any suggestions?
01-21-2020 06:04 AM
@lenb05, Welcome to HP Support Community!
I understand you have issues with the installed drivers, Not to worry, let us try to resolve the issue with the following steps-
Restart the print spooler and try uninstalling the drivers-
Press “Windows key” + “r” to get the “Run” window.
Type "services.msc" to get Services – Go to “Print spooler” – Right-click and “Stop” the service.
Now again open "Run" - Type “spool” and ok - Go to PRINTERS folder - delete everything in that folder.
Go to services again - Start the print spooler.
Now uninstall and reinstall the printer driver. Follow the steps below-
1) In Windows, search for and open Programs and features
2) Select your HP Printer
3) Select Uninstall
4) In Windows, search for and open Devices and printers
5) In the Devices and Printers windows look for your HP printer. If you see it listed right-click on it and choose ‘Delete’ or ‘Remove Device’
6) Open up the run command with the “Windows key + R” key combo.
7) Type printui.exe /s and click Ok. (Note: there is a space in between “printui.exe”
😎 Click on the “Drivers” tab
9) Look for the HP Printer driver. If you see it Click on it and click Remove at the bottom
10) Select Ok
11) Select Apply and Ok on the Print Server Properties windows
12) Close Devices and Printers.
Now, download and install the full-featured software from here.
If the issue persists, I would suggest you try the Windows built-in drivers. Follow the steps below:
• Go to Control Panel - Devices and printers - Click on "Add printer" and follow the on-screen instructions.
• When the page prompts for the drivers, select "Windows update". The driver list will be updated.
• Click HP, Hewlett Packard, or Hewlett-Packard in the Manufacturer pane, and then click the name of your printer in the Printers pane.
Refer to this document HP Printers - Installing and Using the Windows Built-in Print Driver for help
Keep the printer under observation for a day or two. Let me know the outcome.
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