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How do I find printer driver files on XP disk?


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#1 Georgia W

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 10:55 PM

I'm trying to get an old printer driver from the XP disk. What folders hold the printer drivers? I do not know where to look. Do not know what the folder titles mean. I only have one disk for XP Pro. I am looking for a driver for an old HP Deskjet 520. HP does not have the drivers on their site.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 11:24 PM

Have you looked here: http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=4157320 for the drivers?
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Posted 11 October 2011 - 11:24 PM

You'll either need to have Windows try to install drivers for you (through Device Manager), download the latest drivers from the manufacturer's site (you said they're not there unfortunately), or install the drivers using the disk that came with the printer.

If none of these are viable options for you, I suggest calling the manufacturer and see what they suggest.

EDIT: It looks like Orange Blossom has found the link to download the latest drivers for your printer.

EDIT 2: Removed incorrect information.

Edited by TheShooter93, 11 October 2011 - 11:56 PM.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 11:47 PM

Yes I have looked there, and here:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/searchResults?tmp_product=HP+Deskjet+520+Printer&product=59768&tmp_qt=driver&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en
It says XP has the drivers, but the wizard does not see the printer.
Perhaps the cable is bad? Computer does not see the printer, sigh.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 11:50 PM

I found the same HP link but there aren't any drivers there. And yes the XP disk does include drivers.

A List of Printer Drivers That Are Included in Windows XP (Article 2 of 5)

This article lists the printers (from the Epson LQ-1500 printer to the IBM QuietWriter III printer) that have printer drivers included in Windows XP.

(your printer is included) I don't know the proper way to extract the drivers from the XP disk however. Hopefully someone will know.

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Posted 11 October 2011 - 11:55 PM

This article lists the printers (from the Epson LQ-1500 printer to the IBM QuietWriter III printer) that have printer drivers included in Windows XP.

(your printer is included) I don't know the proper way to extract the drivers from the XP disk however. Hopefully someone will know.

I stand corrected.

My apologies for the misinformation.

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 12:24 AM

I changed the cable and restarted the computer. Wizard still does not see the printer. (I was going to blame the rabbit for chewing the cord!) Printer may not be Plug & Play, It's very old. I had an even older one that lasted for YEARS! I hope I can get the drive somewhere. Any third-party site with old drivers around?

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 12:34 AM

When you right click the printer in device manager and select update driver Then Select No, not at this time click next Then select install from a list or specific location (Advanced) Now select the option Don't Search. I will choose the driver to install click next Now select the make and model for the printer.

But if the printer does not show up in the Device Manager this will not work.

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 12:21 PM

Exactly how is this printer connected to the computer?
Are you using a USB cable or an older LPT1 printer cable?

The drivers are built in to XP.
Go to control panel - printers & faxes - add printer - click next - select local printer.
Then tell it which port to use (LPT1 or USB) depending on how it is connected.
On the next screen go to HP. Under printers select Deskjet520
It should install the drivers for you.

That should be all you need to do.
See if it will print a test page.
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Posted 12 October 2011 - 08:07 PM

After re-reading the posts and looking carefully at the advice given by eyesee I have removed my suggestion.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 12 October 2011 - 08:13 PM.


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Posted 12 October 2011 - 08:13 PM

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&objectID=bud09187
Follow step 3 or see other steps from this HP Support Document on installing the printer driver.

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 10:41 PM

I am using the older LPT1 printer cable. I tried another one. I did choose the LPT1 port. The computer does not see the printer so I cannot proceed to the next step. It is so old it may not be a Plug & Play.

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 10:50 PM

By any chance, did you get an installation disk with the printer when you bought it? If so, the drivers you're looking for should be on it.

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 11:58 PM

Thank you "hjayz" and everyone. I must apologize to all of you that have taken the time to help. I used the add printer again, (for the hundredth time) and scrolled down BELOW the company name Hewlett Packard to see the letters HP. This is embarrassing. I simply assumed that Hewlett Packard meant HP, so I stopped there. Once I selected HP, my printer showed up. So sorry. 20 lashes.

I do not know why the menu offers both Hewlett Packard as well as HP, but in the window, only Hewlett Packard showed, (unless one scrolls down), grrr. I hate to tell you how many hours I spent on this and took your time too. My apologies. Now I need to get rid of this entire string (eventually). What a wing-nut.

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 12:00 AM

Haha, wow. :lmao:

I'm glad you found the solution. :thumbup2:

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