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Old 12-28-2009, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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My printer died late last night (Sunday). I work at home and have documents that should have been printed out and delivered to clients today, however...

I bought an HP Laserjet P2055dn today because it can handle large volume printing, especially envelopes. The "dn" model was all that was in my local Office Depot.

My system is a Windows XP with a network card, BUT I do not have a network set up on my computer. I don't need one right now. I use just one computer.

Windows XP has given me the message that it has found new hardware, but my CD drive is being persnickety and not allowing the HP installation CD to be read. I need to roll, so I can fumble around with the CD drive right now.

Can I install the new printer by going to the HP support site on the Internet? I want to be very careful about what I download because even though I have a network card on my system, it is a stand alone computer. The new printer will only be connected to one computer, so I don't want to choose an installation method that invokes any questions about a network and then get hung up.

Can you all understand what I've written? Please help if you can.

Many thanks!
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Old 12-28-2009, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Lemon Grove, CA USA
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Download the latest drivers from HP and install it that way. You are better off anyway as they will probably be newer than the ones on the disk.
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Old 12-28-2009, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Download the latest drivers from HP and install it that way. You are better off anyway as they will probably be newer than the ones on the disk.
You're an angel! Thanks for responding so quickly. Is it just the drivers or the printing installation software as well? Will I get hung up with the network thing?

These are the options that HP is giving me for the Laserjet P2055dn:

» Application
» CD-ROM order page
» Driver
» Driver - Universal Print Driver
» Firmware
» Software

Thanks! Anyone else can chime in too.
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:17 PM
 
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On this page:

HP LaserJet P2050 Printer series*-* Download drivers and software - HP Business Support Center

You'll find some options. If you want all the fancy doodads then download the file that is 191.9 MB in size. For a quick install and just print download the file that is 47MB in size (the first one).

If I have this wrong someone let the OP know.
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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I was sure hoping you would take a look at this board.

I just downloaded the 47 MB file. I'm going to restart my computer now and look under control panel/printers to see if the Laserjet p2050 series has been acknowledged. Thanks!!!! I'll be back.
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Pooh! I downloaded the 47MB file and restarted my computer. The new printer does not show up in the list of printers. My old HP laserjet 2300 is there and a Canon Pixma printer is there, but not the new one. Also, the new printer does not show up in the list of "Programs" that pops up when I click Start. I'm trying to think, "What does the system want?" The fonts, duplexing instrucs., etc. I'm just thinking. If you have any other suggestions Tek_Freek, I'm all ears. Anyone else too. I really appreciate everyone's time.

I see there are some firmware updates specifically for my printer, but I'm too chicken to run them. Meanwhile, I'm searching Google to see if if someone references the HP support page for this printer.

Last edited by virgo; 12-28-2009 at 05:46 PM.. Reason: Additional thought.
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:00 PM
 
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Normally you have to download ans save the programs, then run them. Here are directions from HP.

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport...5&mode=4&idx=0
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Hmm! Interesting. When I double clicked on the 47MB file, my computer downloaded the files and announced when it was done. I chose the save option. I never saw the run message. I wonder where it dumped the files. They are not on my desktop. Maybe some new files in the directory tree. I'll go look.

I found this in the downloads folder:
P2050-PCL6-default-install-win32-win64 ... 48,116 KB 12-28-09 6:22 p.m.

I highlighted the above and chose open. Now, I have the "Run" option. I'll have to shut everything down to activate it.

Last edited by virgo; 12-28-2009 at 06:19 PM.. Reason: Continuing saga.
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Yippy skippy! I got it. I printed both an envelope and a letter from their respective trays, and they came out perfectly.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to TomSD and Tek_Freek!!!!!!!!!!!! Now, I can get my work completed, printed out, and delivered tomorrow. Again, thank you!
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:18 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Hmm! Interesting. When I double clicked on the 47MB file, ..... P2050-PCL6-default-install-win32-win64 ... 48,116 KB .....
FYI: The highlights in blue mean the same thing.
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