Question about HP DeskJet 3820 InkJet Printer
I need a driver for a HP Deskjet 3820 for Windows Vista 32 the one they say is an alternate driver on hp.com is not working
i need Deskjet 3820 Vista driver.
Posted on Dec 01, 2008
Posted on Sep 29, 2008
If you want to keep that 3820 going, you need to learn how to maintenance the gears under the service station every 6 months or so.
This is FYI and I wish I had known how to prevent this before it happened to me 3 times since 2002. Now I can prevent it, almmost no one can fix it.
Ink buildup in the internal service station causes the small poorly designed pusher cogs on two drive gears to snap off and the printer is instantly converted to junk.
HP was giving new printers out for this problem till Jan 06 or so as they realized it was a poor design.
I fixed one with parts from an electronically damaged unit, but usually the blinking lights and "won't print no matter what" problem are sheared gears. Parts are not available. Some people made metal gears (the only answer) on a very short run basis in Europe several years ago because people LOVE this printer.
Once you know the problem, it's simple to keep it from happening with some maintenance, but once they shear, it's over.
There was some kind of paper-clip fix that was solving the problem even with sheared gears, but I was never able to understand exactly how it was done. Needed a pic or two.
Otherwise a great printer, huge cartridges last a long time, great quality on photos too.
I have to keep mine running to have a happy wife.
Posted on Apr 05, 2008
Tips for a great answer:
You can download the printer drivers from the Compaq/HP WEB
support/download page. Make sure you select your model printer and the XP or
Vista Windows version of the drivers you require and install them. Click on
this link to download the drivers: -
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