I have the above printer and have found difficulties installing it on Vista - I have had it installed as I have the disc, and it will work for maybe 6 weeks and then it just disappears and I can't get it back. Have tried installing with CD again, but nothing is happening
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The Lexmark X2500 all-in-one multifunction printer, discontinued as of May 2011, will not install on Windows Vista or Windows 7 using the installation disc. The installation disc predates the newer editions of the Windows operating system and so you will run into difficulty when trying to install the printer. Lexmark has released up to date drivers on their website. Once you have downloaded the drivers, you can install the printer and begin using the device.
Click the link for either the "64 bit" or the "32 bit" drivers, depending on the version of Windows you are using.
Double-click the file once it has downloaded. Click "Next" throughout the driver setup. Connect and switch on the Lexmark X2500 printer when prompted by the installer. Click "Restart" at the end to restart your computer.
When you print a test page, do all 3 colors show up? If they don't your cartridge is out of one color, or the print head for that color is cloged. When you install the printer on Vista, if you are using a USB cable, bring Vista all the way up and then plug in the USB cable. Vista should then tell you it found a new device. If it does, the Vista probley has a driver built into Vista. If it askes you if you want to use the existing drivers, say no and chose the drivers from the Vista printers.
You need first to install your printer drivers. If you have the disk you can install Vista driver from disk, if not you can download them from HP website. you must start driver installation with HP printer USB disconnected from computer. Many printers are not Vista compatible. We can be more specific if you re;post the problem giving us the printer model.
As i read your problem, it appears that you are having difficulty installing your Canon Laser Printer on the parallel port of a Home PC running windows Vista.
My first piece of advice to you is to verify that all of your cables are connected in accordance with the installation instructions that came with the printer.
Secondly, If you have already installed the printer using the windows default drivers (if available), try updating the drivers by inserting the driver disc that came with the printer into your CD ROM. Then go to Start->Control Panel->Hardware and Sound->Printers. Right click the printer you want to update and click "run as administrator" then click properties. Click advanced, click new driver and follow the directions in the wizard to install the new drivers. the CD Canon often supplies may not have the drivers readily acessable on them, so you may have to back out and run the install program for your specific printer to install the drivers on your hard drive and then locate them in the wizard.
You may also consider downloading and installing the latest drivers for your printer from the Canon website.
The port you want to install the printer on is most likely LPT1 if you're using a parallel cable (normal printer cable), or you may need to create a new TCP/IP port on your computer if you're using a network printer (but by the sounds of your question, you probably are just using the regular printer cable, or maybe a USB cable, which works the same as described above).