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Printer works but will not scan.

I have been unable to complete the driver downloads using the disc which came with the printer bu have got it working using the windows wizard facility. everything now works except the scanner which comes up with a message saying "scan error".
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Here's my GEEK-steer ...

First, try a quick "Hot Plug":

  1. Disconnect the USB cable from the printer.
  2. Wait 10 sec's.
  3. Reconnect the USB cable.
  4. Test scan again.
No joy? Oh well, it was a long shot anyway. In that case, let's continue the journey ...

"...unable to COMPLETE the driver downloads using the disc which came with the printer bu have got it working using the WINDOWS WIZARD FACILITY." ... What I'm hearing is:

  1. You have previously attempted to install the printer using the HP disk that came with it, but it was never COMPLETED successfully.
  2. It was then subsequently installed using only the resident Windows generic drivers ("WINDOWS WIZARD FACILITY"/Device Manager).
If that is essentially accurate, then there is both your problem AND YOUR SOLUTION. Printers can be the most persnickety of all devices to install ... they want what they want, and that's just the way it's gonna be! Although Windows commendably satisfied your printer with satisfactory enough drivers to get it working, it obviously didn't meet the mark well enough to facilitate scanning.

As a cardinal rule, I employ the dreaded (and much-too-often advised) "uninstall/reinstall" as an absolute final resort. In this case though, that is the most advisable thing for you to do. Most devices (and printers especially) need to be installed using the latest and best (usually from its manufacturer) drivers available.
Therefore ...

UNINSTALL ALL ASSOCAITED SOFTWARE.


  1. Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs
  2. Select the HP all-in-one software entry in the list of installed programs.
  3. Click Remove.
  4. Disconnect the USB cable from the computer.
  5. Restart (reboot) your PC.
REINSTALL.

Good luck, and post back with a status report and/or any further questions.

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Posted on Dec 15, 2008

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