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It should install fine without being a signed driver. Even though it is an XP driver it will be fine for Vista. I would recommend just downloading the latest software from the manufacturer's website though to be sure.
It sounds like your are using your Windows XP computer as the print server, and you are trying to connect your Windows Vista machine to the Windows XP print server. Your Vista machine is trying to download the XP drivers from the Windows XP computer to your Vista machine. This won't work. Windows XP and Vista print drivers are not compatible.
If the printer is truely networked (it has it's own IP address on the network, it has its own ethernet connection). Then instead of trying to map out to this shared printer, add new printer to the Vista machine using Vista drivers for the HP Deskjet 3940. The type of port you would need is a standard TCP/IP port. To get this address, print a settings page from the printer. Look for either a TCP/IP address or IP address on this print out. This is the port address you want to create and then connect to.
I really hate suggesting it is a Netgear issue, and dump it, Edge, but most of the posts I found on that Print Server is not good. I would check for a setting in the Manger software, but not sure where it is. These link suggest it is a Netgear issue.
You get a ROOT HUB error when your USB port on your computer needs additional drivers. The print server drivers needs to configure your printer drivers. The only solution for this is CALL LINKSYS TECH SUPPORT. TELL THE TECHNICIAN THAT YOU HAVE A ROOT HUB ERROR. Linksys will send you ADDITIONAL DRIVERS for your root hub. UPDATE your ROOT HUB using the ADDITIONAL DRIVERS. Uninstall the WPSM54G from the add/remove programs. RUN SET UP COMPUTER AGAIN