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HP DesignJet 450c printer issues.

I have a HP DesignJet 450c large format printer that I'm trying to setup on a print server. The problem is that many of the print servers out there don't support plotter/ large format style printers like the DesignJet 450c. Has anyone had any really good luck with print servers that support this printer? It has a standard parallel printer port (IEEE 1284 Female Centronics (DB-36)) and I need to connect it to the network (RJ45). Thx

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Kavalbe,

You can find drivers for your DesighJet printer here:

Then, a JetDirect 170X or 300X will fit the bill for connecting the printer to the network.

Also, you preferably should use an HP Standard TCP/IP port for connecting the driver to the network, since the MS version in some cass have issues (prints can be reprinted when crossing over to a new date, prints can disappear...)

A stable version of HP's Standard Port Monitor can be found here: (Note, this is a direct ftp link to HP's ftp server, so you should get a file for downloading when you click the link.)

Else, you can use either the software that comes with the JetDirect box or download its software from hp.com. But the HP Standard Port Monitor software is easier to use if you already have the printer driver.

//Al

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You can purchase a External JetDirect card from any reputable HP (or computer) agent. This will allow you to plug the 450 directly into the network. The problem with the large format printers not being supported is strange to me. I have never had a problem, simply load the drivers and away you go. If the 450 drivers dont work for you, you can select any of the older drivers (750c recomended) and they will work on the 450c

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