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HP 4550N - Vista Won't Communicate


I recently got a Vaio Laptop and I have been attempting to print from my HP Color LaserJet 4550N printer. I have downloaded all HP drivers for vista, and have yet to make any progress. Unfortunately, I do not have wireless at my office, so this has to be connected manually. I can not be sure what I might be doing wrong, since I never had this problem with XP. Any help offered would be most appreciated.

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  • cgomez347 Jan 15, 2009

    This is a 64-Bit laptop.


  • cgomez347 Jan 16, 2009

    I am connecting it manually, but the problem is I am trying to use a usb to parallel cord, which I then connected to another cord so that it would fit the printer port. I then figured out that this does not work due to signal difficulties with the cable I was using. Is there any way to find a cable that would work between the Vaio VGN-CS190 and the HP 4550N?

    -I have used all drivers, and obviously it was the cable that was not working.



  • Wayne Mineard
    Wayne Mineard May 11, 2010

    Is your operating system a 32-bit or 64-bit system?

    Right click on the Computer icon on your desktop and select Properties. It should have it on the window that opens.

    Comment back.

  • Wayne Mineard
    Wayne Mineard May 11, 2010

    How are you connecting the Vaio to the printer? This printer only has a parallel connector plus the RJ-45 slot for networking, correct?

    (The previous question about all 3 drivers may or may not be anything. I just didn't think it was necessary.)

  • Wayne Mineard
    Wayne Mineard May 11, 2010

    Next question: Which driver did you download? PCL5, PCL6, or PostScript?

    In your original post, you said you downloaded ALL the HP drivers. You didn't download and install all 3 drivers, did you?



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Follow the link and get the correct driver and get installed

Also try with another USB cable, If you are using a long cable, just try with a short one.

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You can probably find something at Tiger Direct or at Cables To Go.

Check this site out and see if the cable looks like the one you need:

USB to Parallel Cable

There are a couple of Zoom pics for a better view.

Hope this helps.


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    Wayne Mineard Jan 16, 2009

    I was just thinking another way to get around the problem would be to buy a router or wireless router and set up a small network. You would be able to connect the printer to the router and connect the computer to the router by an RJ-45 cable or wirelessly.

    I am not real experienced with networking so I will have to defer any expertise to others.

    Good luck.




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