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Wireless connection issues

Hi, i have a laptop which works with my Bt wireless router, i bought a new HP Photosmart C4380 to use its wireless printing function but when it scans for my wireless network it can't see any! i know its there and on because i'm using the internet and the router has all it little flashing lights on, so i'm assuming its something to do with the printer...

i put the installer disk in and go through the instructions which are fine until it gets to the point where i identify my wireless network and put in the WEP key, it does this fine when connected by USB but then it should work without it... it doesn't identify any of the wireless networks my laptop picks up (i can pick up both my neighbours security encrypted networks too)
any ideas on how to get it working would be great....

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Is the blue light on the wireless button on the side of the printer lit up?

Posted on Apr 18, 2008

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SOURCE: wireless connection issues

First open services goto start Run type services.msc and see for the entries (hp cue discovery , hpqcxs08 and hp network device) and make sure they are enabled.
Then Goto device manager (Right click on computer and then properties then device manager) Here click on View and show hiden devices and under network adaptors see if you have a red X on HP Printers then delete all he etries you have for HP here (If t prompters a restart restart later) after you have deleted all you may restart your computer.
Then start to install or add a device from the disk.
If it finds the printer do not click on next got to device manager then view and show hiden devices and see if you have the HP Printer with a Red X if yes right click on it and enable it (If it prompts a restart DO NOT RESTART) close this device manager window and in the instalation widow click on next and it should complete the installation.

Good Luck

Posted on Dec 07, 2008

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When I did this everything seemed to work fine. BUT - after a wee while the software started playing up. The scan function didn't work at all, HP was depositing all sorts of bugs all over my computer, I had error messages coming up at shutdown, all sorts of gremlins.

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I totally uninstalled all HP software.

I downloaded the updated Photosmart Basic Drivers from the HP website. They are here: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?product=3221646&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&submit.y=11&submit.x=9&lang=en&cc=us

Once you've downloaded the file and run it, the new drivers will be installed but NO SOFTWARE. Again, you have to do the whole setting it up as USB and then leaving the cable in and adding the device wirelessly. But if you do this with the HP drivers and ignore the installation CD, then everything should work perfectly.

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Basically HP's software is BLOATWARE that doesn't even work. It screws up your computer.

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