Have new computer with new HP LJ 3055 printer. New computer runs old accounting software (1988 vintage) fine. But when try to print out reports, the new printer won't print them. Program ran fine on old printer (HP LaserJet 4 Plus). Can't use old printer any more because connectors to printer are different on old and new computers. Any idea how to get the HP LJ 3055 printer to print out these reports. The accounting program has been discontinued so no update drivers available there.
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Re: can't print to old applications
The issue your having is with the Operating system compatability. The HP 3055 is compatible with 98, ME, XP, Window 2000 and forward. It won't do windows 3.1 or 95 well even if your computer will, the disconnect comes when the software is sending old print commands to a new style print driver.
Your best hope is to download and install the HP Printdriver for Windows 98 and try it as it's the most tolerant of old gear. Download the PCL 5 as the PCL6 is too new and probably not going to work.
As an alternate try to download each of the printdrivers for the differnt era windows and try them. It's a hard problem that may not have a solution other than upgrading the accounting software.
If it's simply a connection problem, they do make a USB to Parallel addaptor which may help you with the physical connection issue.
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Sounds like a software issue - U might try contacting HP but do not hold your breath. If machine is out of warranty they want nothing to do with you and will refer you to some forum or whatever. Or they might tell you to get a new scanner compatible with a newer OS.
Does the black page come out first, and then your original print comes out fine ? If yes, you might try to update/replace your driver. Print from several applications and see if there some differense. It might be a software-error.
Or does the black page come instead of your original print ? If yes, try to replace your toner-cartridge. If the problem remains, there's some error in your High Voltage Power Supply and you might as well buy a new machine.
This is a work around as I have the same problem. If I change the default printer to something other then the HP printer, then select Page Setup, I can then select the HP without the program erroring out. You can even set the HP back to default and TValue will continue to work fine until you restart the computer.
Without being able to see your machine, I'm going to make an educated guess at your problem. Many times, when a printer is used over a network, only the printer driver itself is actually installed on each user's machine. Utilities, such as the HP Toolbox, may not be installed. If your network administrator allows it, you could download and install the complete printer software package off the HP website, which I'm highly confident would solve your issue. If not, I'd advise you to contact your IT person and have him/her install the complete package for you.
Good luck and I hope this helps. Please let me know, and also provide a rating if you deem it appropriate.
hook the print server directly to the computer and program it with a static IP address.
than create a new printer port in add printer. Than setup the printer and use the port you just created and it will work fine
i've upgraded my vista printer drivers and all and it still doesn't work ont he same model. i used to run this printer on a XP but working on seperate computer can be too crumblesome. since it's a plug and play on vista with this printer.. my solution is go to windows photo gallery. under the FILE - hit import scanner / camera. - it will auto read ur scan feature. but before that. just make sure u install a scanner onto ur windows . by going to control panels and set up scanner. - connect printer to computer first when u do that. it will rauto read ur printer. the drivers just owuldn't work but the windos software helps to elimiinate the problem.