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HP laserjet 4 M Plus

My new computer with vista will not recognize this printer. Vista has a driver for it, but it gives me an error-printing.
any suggestions?

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  • toddhummer40 Jun 25, 2009

    Never mind. re-installed it and it worked this time. ???
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Hi,

One thing HP recommends is to download the "Windows XP" drivers for your printer and to manually install your printer using those drivers. Also, make sure the cable that you have is in working order.

The link is http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DriverDownload.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=15026&taskId=135&prodTypeId=18972&prodSeriesId=25484&lang=en&cc=us&submit=Go%20%BB Just click on "windows XP" to get the drivers.

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