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DesignJet T120 or T520 - are drivers available for Windows XP?

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I was just about to purchase a DesignJet T120 or T520 wide-format printer, but I haven't been able to verify that drivers are available for Windows XP.

 

The HP driver download page indicates there are drivers available for Windows XP Professional x64, but nothing lesser. I can't if that's what I have or not. My properties page says "Windows XP Professional Version 2002 SP3" which may or may not be the same thing.

 

The user's guide doesn't say anything about what operating systems are supported.

 

Does anyone know the answer? (And if drivers aren't available, does another company make a modest-cost 24" plotter that will run on Windows XP?)

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Looks like your actual issue is determining if you have the 64 bit version of XP.

That is an OS question and you might find the answer on a website that addresses Windowd issues.

From my perspective if you don't see 64 bit listed when you check your system then it's likely you have the 32 bit version.

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OK, I've determined that my system is running 32-bit Windows XP. There's a great article on how to figure this out here:

http://visiontechbrain.blogspot.com/2008/03/how-to-check-windows-vista-and-xp-if.html

 

 

So that narrows my query:

 

  • The T120/T150 user's guides don't say anything about what operating systems are supported.
  • The HP driver download page indicates there are drivers available for Windows XP 64-bit systems, but doesn't show a driver for 32-bit systems (which is what I have).
  • Does that mean there are no 32-bit drivers available, or just that the HP website doesn't show a specific link?
  • If none are available, does another company make a comparable modest-cost 24" plotter that will run on 32-bit Windows XP?

(An irony here is that I'm replacing an older HP plotter only because there are no drivers for any Windows systems newer than XP -- which has kept me from upgrading beyond XP. So I need a plotter that will keep me in business on XP while I contemplate my OS upgrade path.)

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If the drivers are not on the website then they are probably not available. All I can do is check the website and you already did that.

I am not familiar with other manufacturer's large format printers, you would have to post on the forum on the other manufacturer's site to ask a question about compatibility.

What model machine do you currently have?

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My current plotter is a 650C

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I think I still have a cutter for that model in my collection. I sold the spare belts I had on ebay just a few months ago.

Anyway I can see why you need to upgrade.

Are you determined to stick with a low and model? HP has trade in trade up programs for Designjets where you could get a fairly decent credit for your 650C.

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It looks like the trade-up program works for people for need a much better machine. I use my plotter only sporadically and can't justify that expense. My 650C was a no cost hand-me-down many years ago!

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