I have a 2050 printer that I was originally running with an XP PC. I acquired a Dell Inspiron 17R SE and have never been able to get the printer to work. The driver CD I know wont work as those drivers are outdated so I went online and have tried multiple driver versions with no result.
The Dell has since been upgraded to WIn 8.1 and the printer has just sat there being unable to get it to install.
Yesterday ( after more than a year) I am trying again as the printer is practically brand new having only printed 6 times since purchase.
I downloaded the HP Prt/ Scn Doctor and it did a few things. However the printer is still not visable in my computer. That utility only inserted a shortcut to the printer on my desktop.
I did the instruction of going in safe mode and making all folders visible yet the printer is not seen. I also selected LPT1 as its port cause it was originally named virtual printer. After more than 8 hrs in total trying to get this to be visible I have been unable to do so. Oh I have also changed the USB cable and tried all of the USB ports and my USB hub. My Dell is running WIFI but the printer is hard wired to it.