Question about HP Photosmart C4280 Aio Printer
The printer is connected to a Toshiba A55-S326 laptop running XP Home edition.
Almost daily, the printer is disconnected from the laptop because the laptop is used in other places. My problem is when I return and reconnect the printer, the printer will not work until I reinstall it. This is time consuming, the install disk has to be placed back into the cd and I have to wait until everything is finally reinstalled. I have copied the disk to the hard drive but I still have to direct the program to that folder. The printer that was installed previously will not work so I have to reinstall. After the re-installation, if I check the printer and fax folder the printer will be installed as a copy of the previous printer. At one time this printer was listed 8 times. What can be done so that when I reconnect the printer I won't have to reinstall the software each time?
Completed registration steps, did not solve problem.
Rebooted computer after install,
Used same USB port.
Searched for updated drivers
None of these solved the problem.
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This is usually caused by corrupted printer drivers. It's most often seen after an upgrade from a previous operating system when the printer was kept connected and turned on during the upgrade.
Solution: Completely Uninstall and Reinstall your Printer and 'force' XP to see new drivers:
Disconnect the printer from the PC
Go to the Control Panel and click on Add/Remove Programs. Highlight any Printer Software that is listed here. Select Remove.
From the Control Panel, click on Printers & Faxes. Right click the printer in question and select Delete
Look at the Toolbar. Select File, then Server Properties. Look in the Drivers tab. Highlight the printers drivers listed here and click on Remove for each one.
Reboot the PC. Do NOT reconnect the printer!
Go to the website of your printer manufacturer. Look for new XP drivers for your model. Download the correct software. If there are no Windows XP drivers for your printer, try looking for ones for Windows 2000. In most cases these will do almost as well.
Run the exe file you just downloaded. It should auto-start the installation program
The software will tell you when to connect the printer.
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