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I recently had to buy a new laptop, which came with Windows Vista.  I've had to get new drivers for my programs to work, including my 5850 Deskjet printer.  The 5850 doesn't have a driver, so someone recommended downloading the 5600 series driver.  My printer finally works with this driver using a USB plug, but I'm trying to get the wireless to work now, which did work with Windows XP that I had before.  Apparently, the 5600 doesn't have wireless, you had to buy an adapter.  Anyway, I already have the wireless in my laptop.  I can't figure out how to set it up.  When I try to have the computer detect it, it can't find it.  I've tried with the USB plug connecting the computer to the printer, I've connected the printer to the router.. nothing works.  I can't use the disk because it doesn't have a driver compatible with Windows Vista.  Is there someway I can set up the wireless connection on the Port Tab at the Printer Properties file?  Sorry for the long post but it's kinda complicated!  Thanks.
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The 5600 driver only supports a USB connection, sorry.  I don't know of any alternatives other than:

 

- keep a USB connection

- go back to XP

- get a new printer - this is not a very expensive option and my recommendation 

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Okay, thanks for the info.

 

Paula

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Hi, I had the same issue and finally got it to work.  It may be more complicated than it needs to be, but this is how I did it.

 

First, install the 5600 driver that is recommended for this model. 

 

Then, from the start menu, enter "control printers" in the search box.  Right-click the icon for the 5600 driver, go to properties, then ports.  Change the port from the default LPT1 to a USB port

 

Plug the printer into a USB port and print a test page to make sure the printer is working.

 

Next, you can print a network configuration page by pressing the button on the front panel of the printer that shows a sheet of paper with a check mark.  On this page, it will show the IP address for the printer.

 

Go to properties-ports again, and select add a port - standard TCP/IP port.  In the printer name/IP address box, enter the IP address from the network configuration page you printed.  Set this new TCP/IP port you just created as the printer port, and print a test page.

 

That is all I had to do.  It may not work for everybody, but maybe it will save somebody the headache I had.

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Thanks for your reply.  I haven't had a chance to try it yet but will this week. 

 

Paula

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