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Deskjet 950C Driver Needed

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  • I have an HP deskjet 950c that i still use mainly as a portable printer hooked to my laptop which i am now running Win7 64-bit RC on.  When i attach this printer, it recognizes it, but errors out when trying to find the driver.  Both XP and Vista load a preinstalled MS driver when attaching this printer.

    Is there a compatible printer driver for windows 7?  I would hate to have to buy a new printer just because I upgrade my operating system...

    Friday, May 29, 2009 4:11 PM

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  • I have an HP deskjet 950c that i still use mainly as a portable printer hooked to my laptop which i am now running Win7 64-bit RC on.  When i attach this printer, it recognizes it, but errors out when trying to find the driver.  Both XP and Vista load a preinstalled MS driver when attaching this printer.

    Is there a compatible printer driver for windows 7?  I would hate to have to buy a new printer just because I upgrade my operating system...

    Hi

    Perform the following. (Also read the note below)

    Go to Control Panel.

    Select Devices and Printers.

    At the top of the window, select Add a Printer.

    Select Add a Local Printer.

    In Choose a Printer Port, select Use an existing port.

    In the drop down menu, select the port where the printer is attached (USB, it may show USB001 Virtual Printer Port for USB).

    Select the Next Button.

    In the Manufacturers section, select HP.

    In the Printers section, look for your printer model and select it.

    Click the Windows Update Button.

    This should find and install the proper driver.

    NOTE: I worked on several systems where the printer model (HP Deskjet 895 CXi) was not available in the printers list. In fact only a few of the newer HP Deskjet printers were in that list.

    In this case I selected another Deskjet model (Deskjet 400) and clicked the Windows Update button. It searched for what seemed like an hour and apparently did not find anything. I finally exited the search window.

    30 minutes later I repeated the steps and when I again checked the printer list in add a local printer, all of the Deskjet 600, 700, 800, and 900 series were listed there.

    I know that your particular driver is available because I can see the HP Deskjet 950c/952c/959c on the list now.

    Let us know the results.

    Thank You for testing Windows 7

    Ronnie Vernon MVP
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 9:48 PM
    Moderator

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  • You can try downloading the Vista driver from HP's website and see if it works. But you may need to right click the executable choose run as admin and run in Vista compatibility mode.
    Friday, May 29, 2009 5:23 PM
  • Thanks for the reply Adam,

    That is the problem, there are no vista drivers.  When you go to the hp website for a vista driver it says:

    "A full feature software and driver package for Windows Vista is not available for your product. However, the Windows Vista operating system installed on your computer contains a basic driver solution for your product."

    This is all well and good if i was using vista, but i am using Windows 7 64.  When i connect the printer to the computer via usb, it finds the printer (by the correct name even), but errors out when looking for the driver.  I have gone through the "find a solution to this problem" (or what ever it is called), but to no avail.

    I know that different printers can use differnt drivers (for instance almost any laser printer that uses the PCL printer language can use an HP Laserjet 4 print driver and work with basic functionality), so I am wondering if there is a compatable print driver.  I have attempted a couple of the hp deskjet drivers that are included with Win 7, but was unable to print a test page.  The computer communicated with the printer, but just printed garbage...

    any other ideas?
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 5:27 PM
  • Ok, since this printer is older, that leaves one option. Download the Windows XP driver. Then follow these steps before installing. Hope this helps. I should note,  however, that not all processors allow this process. So if you find the BIOS setting it requires you to change or check is missing, this method will not work. It does resolve many issues, so hope it helps.
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 5:32 PM
  • I have an HP deskjet 950c that i still use mainly as a portable printer hooked to my laptop which i am now running Win7 64-bit RC on.  When i attach this printer, it recognizes it, but errors out when trying to find the driver.  Both XP and Vista load a preinstalled MS driver when attaching this printer.

    Is there a compatible printer driver for windows 7?  I would hate to have to buy a new printer just because I upgrade my operating system...

    Hi

    Perform the following. (Also read the note below)

    Go to Control Panel.

    Select Devices and Printers.

    At the top of the window, select Add a Printer.

    Select Add a Local Printer.

    In Choose a Printer Port, select Use an existing port.

    In the drop down menu, select the port where the printer is attached (USB, it may show USB001 Virtual Printer Port for USB).

    Select the Next Button.

    In the Manufacturers section, select HP.

    In the Printers section, look for your printer model and select it.

    Click the Windows Update Button.

    This should find and install the proper driver.

    NOTE: I worked on several systems where the printer model (HP Deskjet 895 CXi) was not available in the printers list. In fact only a few of the newer HP Deskjet printers were in that list.

    In this case I selected another Deskjet model (Deskjet 400) and clicked the Windows Update button. It searched for what seemed like an hour and apparently did not find anything. I finally exited the search window.

    30 minutes later I repeated the steps and when I again checked the printer list in add a local printer, all of the Deskjet 600, 700, 800, and 900 series were listed there.

    I know that your particular driver is available because I can see the HP Deskjet 950c/952c/959c on the list now.

    Let us know the results.

    Thank You for testing Windows 7

    Ronnie Vernon MVP
    Saturday, May 30, 2009 9:48 PM
    Moderator
  • Ronnie,

    Thank-you, Thank-you.  I have not tested the printer yet, but did as you said and clicked on the manufacturer after starting the "add a printer" and choosing a port.  Of course my printer was not there at first, i never thought to click on "windows update" before, and after i did this time, what do you know.  After about 15 minutes of searching, all the HP drivers that were not in Win7 now appear including all the laserjet models that were not there originally.

    I have not tested this printer as it is at a different location, but the driver is now installed ans awaiting a test page.  I will also be using it with a wireless bluetooth connector, but i have already tested the BT connector on several other printers and all i should have to do (once i confirm the printer works correctly via USB) change the port to com8...

    Any idea if this same process works with Vista?  I have noticed when installing printers on Vista, that some of the print drivers that were in XP by default (you could install the printer without the manufacturer's disks) are also not in Vista.

     Thanks again for your help...
    Monday, June 01, 2009 3:11 AM
  • Thanks Ronnie... I got also same problem but it's gonna workin' now...
    Monday, June 07, 2010 6:19 PM
  • Thanks Ronnie... I got also same problem but it's gonna workin' now...


    Hi Alan

    Very glad this helped.

    Enjoy,

    Thank You for using Windows 7


    Ronnie Vernon MVP
    Monday, June 07, 2010 9:06 PM
    Moderator
  • this helped alot Thanks
    Thursday, August 25, 2011 12:30 PM
  • Aqui les dejo un controlador funcional en windows 7, lo puedes descargar http://www.megaupload.com/?d=56OKD6RB espero les funcione asi como me funciono a mi.
    Thursday, December 01, 2011 7:46 AM