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Posted By : Kenward of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on November 3, 2005

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Is it possible to get a Windows XP driver/set up program for my old HP 1170c OfficeJet printer (originally used on Windows 98)?

This question was answered on November 3, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Yes it is possible to locate a driver for your printer When Microsoft released Windows XP the driver was included with the operating system You can find more detailed instructions on the HP web site

HP warns you not to install the software that originally came with the printer as it will cause problems.

1 Check to see that the parallel port is set to ECP mode in the BOIS of the computer.

Windows may not detect the all-in-one if you dont complete Steps 1 and 2.

2 Set the port settings in the Device Manager.

a.Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties This will bring up the System Properties screen

b.Click the Hardware tab, and then click Device Manager.

c Scroll through the devices in the Device Manager and locate the Ports section Click the plus sign ( ) beside it to open a list of available ports

d Double-click the parallel port entry for the port that is connected to the all-in-one This is usually the LPT 1 port The parallel port Properties screen should open.

e Click the Port Settings tab

f .Select "Use any interrupt assigned to the port" and "Enable legacy plug and play detection." Click OK to accept the changes

g Close the Device Manager and then click OK to close the System Properties.

3 Turn off the computer

4 Connect the parallel cable to the all-in-one and directly into the parallel port on the computer Do not place any parallel port devices between the all-in-one and the computer

5 Turn on the power and verify that the all-in-one is ready

6 Start the computer During the start-up process, Windows XP will detect the HP all-in-one and begin to install the drivers

7 At the Add New Hardware screen, click Next and then select the correct product model If Windows cannot find drivers for the all-in-one or cannot install the drivers successfully, read the "Windows does not detect the all-in-one or locate the correct drivers" which can be found at

HP Officejet Pro, R, or PSC 500 Series - Installing the Software in Microsoft(R) Windows XP.

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Posted by Kenward of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on November 3, 2005

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