Text comes out looking like bar codes from HP 3055 all in one
We have a 4 month old HP 3055 all in one printer. Soon after we got it we started having printing problems--the text often comes out looking like bar codes on a product box. HP tech support wasn't much help with their ideas. The only thing that works is to unplug it for a minute, then re-start. Till it happens again. Anyone ever dealt with this problem? Thanks.
Re: text comes out looking like bar codes from HP 3055...
Before you buy anything to fix it, when you buy an hp you have a 1 year warranty for parts & labor. I would tell them to have someone to come & look at it & if that doesn't work I would have them replace the machine. I have the same exact one for over 6 months now & I have had no problem.
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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.