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Sharp AL-1644 and vista 64

I have just purchased a new pc with vista 64 bit and cant get any drivers for the printer. Sharp have none and there is no news on if there will ever be a driver for vista 64. I have tried making the old pc running xp a print server but still have the same issue. Is there a way round getting my printer to work with vista 64 or is it a case of a new machine.

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  • galcon Sep 03, 2008

    Sorry this was purchased in the UK.

  • galcon Sep 24, 2008

    This much i already know, Is there a way around this useing my old pc with xp as a print server?

  • galcon Sep 26, 2008

    Great i thought it was possible. could you point me in the right direction to make this work?

  • rwoxberg May 09, 2009

    Purchased new laptop with Vista ^$ bit OS. Cannot find any drivers for my AL 1642 cs printer. Printer is connected to a desktop running WinXP Pro and is shared across my network. I though I could make it work trough sharing but no luck. Anybody have or know of a work around for this issue?

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock May 11, 2010

    AL-1644 isn't appearing on Sharp's USA website. Is this the correct model number or was this purchased in another country?


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Using XP as a print server requires finding a compatible driver.
You can set it up by configuring the new printer as some other printer and creating a new port, using the address //myoldxpname/myprinter name and sharing your printer on the xp.
Problem is, I tried a couple of different drivers, such as an HP 4P and a different sharp copier. The sharp produced garbage. The HP driver printed the page, but in huge fonts. I don't have the time or patience to keep trying different printers. It was nice while it lasted...

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The quit making drivers for this product in 2005. Only Windows XP and below is supported.

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    Tim Babcock Sep 24, 2008

    Yes that you can do.


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