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Nice! (printer setup)

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Stan Brown, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. Stan Brown

    Stan Brown Flightless Bird

    Today I hooked my printer into my Win 7 laptop for the first time.
    Windows found the driver, downloaded it, and installed it.

    Some things are definitely easier with Windows 7.


    --
    Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
    http://OakRoadSystems.com
    Shikata ga nai...
     
  2. ray

    ray Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:32:42 -0400, Stan Brown wrote:

    > Today I hooked my printer into my Win 7 laptop for the first time.
    > Windows found the driver, downloaded it, and installed it.
    >
    > Some things are definitely easier with Windows 7.


    Easier than what? Major Linux distributions have done that for years.
     
  3. Char Jackson

    Char Jackson Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:32:42 -0400, Stan Brown
    <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote:

    >Today I hooked my printer into my Win 7 laptop for the first time.
    >Windows found the driver, downloaded it, and installed it.
    >
    >Some things are definitely easier with Windows 7.


    Just a few days ago a friend of mine connected an old Epson printer to
    her new Win 7 laptop and Windows happily installed it, but now she's
    reporting that she can't find the ink monitoring and head cleaning
    tools. I'm assuming Windows simply installed its own stripped down
    driver, which doesn't include those functions. Are you having a
    similar experience?
     
  4. DanS

    DanS Flightless Bird

    ray <ray@zianet.com> wrote in
    news:8hojuoFcalU16@mid.individual.net:

    > On Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:32:42 -0400, Stan Brown wrote:
    >
    >> Today I hooked my printer into my Win 7 laptop for the
    >> first time. Windows found the driver, downloaded it, and
    >> installed it.
    >>
    >> Some things are definitely easier with Windows 7.

    >
    > Easier than what? Major Linux distributions have done that
    > for years.


    Mine didn't.

    An HP1300 (?) series printer was dropped at my house by the
    wifes mother, this could be the cheapest printer HP ever made.
    It was plugged into the PC while using Windows, and had Windows
    drivers installed, and I printed some stuff.

    I then rebooted and expected K*****u to pop up some notice that
    it found new hardware, and asked if I wanted to search for
    drivers, or asking me if it can or something similar.

    But it did not. It did none of that. So I went to the Printer
    setup, and low and behold, it was there. I printed a test page,
    opened a document in OO and printed that also. It seemed to work
    as it should.
     
  5. relic

    relic Flightless Bird

    "Char Jackson" <none@none.invalid> wrote in message
    news:hc7eb65ipl8ibpvohp170ni6fa35q7ltb9@4ax.com...
    > On Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:32:42 -0400, Stan Brown
    > <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote:
    >
    >>Today I hooked my printer into my Win 7 laptop for the first time.
    >>Windows found the driver, downloaded it, and installed it.
    >>
    >>Some things are definitely easier with Windows 7.

    >
    > Just a few days ago a friend of mine connected an old Epson printer to
    > her new Win 7 laptop and Windows happily installed it, but now she's
    > reporting that she can't find the ink monitoring and head cleaning
    > tools. I'm assuming Windows simply installed its own stripped down
    > driver, which doesn't include those functions. Are you having a
    > similar experience?
    >


    The 'striped down' drivers in W7 were supplied by the vendor. If FULL
    support is desired, get the driver (if there is one) from the vendor. Search
    for it in USA, Europe, and Asian vendor support sites; lots of drivers
    aren't released in all market areas. (UMAX Scanners are one; lots of new
    drivers were released for Europe that weren't available from the UMAX-USA
    support site.)
     
  6. Dave \Crash\ Dummy

    Dave \Crash\ Dummy Flightless Bird

    relic wrote:
    >
    > "Char Jackson" <none@none.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:hc7eb65ipl8ibpvohp170ni6fa35q7ltb9@4ax.com...
    >> On Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:32:42 -0400, Stan Brown
    >> <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Today I hooked my printer into my Win 7 laptop for the first
    >>> time. Windows found the driver, downloaded it, and installed it.
    >>>
    >>> Some things are definitely easier with Windows 7.

    >>
    >> Just a few days ago a friend of mine connected an old Epson printer
    >> to her new Win 7 laptop and Windows happily installed it, but now
    >> she's reporting that she can't find the ink monitoring and head
    >> cleaning tools. I'm assuming Windows simply installed its own
    >> stripped down driver, which doesn't include those functions. Are
    >> you having a similar experience?
    >>

    >
    > The 'striped down' drivers in W7 were supplied by the vendor. If FULL
    > support is desired, get the driver (if there is one) from the
    > vendor. Search for it in USA, Europe, and Asian vendor support sites;
    > lots of drivers aren't released in all market areas. (UMAX Scanners
    > are one; lots of new drivers were released for Europe that weren't
    > available from the UMAX-USA support site.)


    That is why it is a good idea to install the support software that comes
    with the printer, even if it seems to be working fine with the W7
    supplied drivers. There will almost certainly be a link for drivers and
    updates.
    --
    Crash

    "The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion."
    ~ Arnold H. Glasow ~
     
  7. Stan Brown

    Stan Brown Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:14:12 -0500, Char Jackson wrote:
    >
    > On Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:32:42 -0400, Stan Brown
    > <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote:
    >
    > >Today I hooked my printer into my Win 7 laptop for the first time.
    > >Windows found the driver, downloaded it, and installed it.
    > >
    > >Some things are definitely easier with Windows 7.

    >
    > Just a few days ago a friend of mine connected an old Epson printer to
    > her new Win 7 laptop and Windows happily installed it, but now she's
    > reporting that she can't find the ink monitoring and head cleaning
    > tools. I'm assuming Windows simply installed its own stripped down
    > driver, which doesn't include those functions. Are you having a
    > similar experience?


    Nope, it seems to be the same Brother driver that I've known and
    loved for years in XP. And that one came on a disk with the printer.
    This one, I'm pretty sure, Windows downloaded from Brother's site; it
    was definitely downloaded from *somewhere*.

    --
    Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
    http://OakRoadSystems.com
    Shikata ga nai...
     
  8. Nil

    Nil Flightless Bird

    On 14 Oct 2010, Stan Brown <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in
    alt.windows7.general:

    > Nope, it seems to be the same Brother driver that I've known and
    > loved for years in XP. And that one came on a disk with the
    > printer. This one, I'm pretty sure, Windows downloaded from
    > Brother's site; it was definitely downloaded from *somewhere*.


    I'm certain that it did NOT download it from Brother's site.
    Programming like that would be a recipe for failure whenever Brother
    would decide to restructure their site. The driver was probably one of
    the many that came bundled on the Windows install disk. It's not
    unusual.
     
  9. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    On 10/14/2010 09:55, ray wrote:
    > On Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:32:42 -0400, Stan Brown wrote:
    >
    >> Today I hooked my printer into my Win 7 laptop for the first time.
    >> Windows found the driver, downloaded it, and installed it.
    >>
    >> Some things are definitely easier with Windows 7.

    >
    > Easier than what? Major Linux distributions have done that for years.


    Provided you blundered into one that was supported.
     
  10. ray

    ray Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 14 Oct 2010 20:08:23 -0500, Bob I wrote:

    > On 10/14/2010 09:55, ray wrote:
    >> On Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:32:42 -0400, Stan Brown wrote:
    >>
    >>> Today I hooked my printer into my Win 7 laptop for the first time.
    >>> Windows found the driver, downloaded it, and installed it.
    >>>
    >>> Some things are definitely easier with Windows 7.

    >>
    >> Easier than what? Major Linux distributions have done that for years.

    >
    > Provided you blundered into one that was supported.


    That's really not very difficult to do. Generally, if it says MAC on the
    box as well as 'Windows' it will work fine.
     
  11. Helmut Rohrbeck

    Helmut Rohrbeck Flightless Bird

    "Stan Brown" <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote:
    > On Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:14:12 -0500, Char Jackson wrote:
    >>
    >> On Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:32:42 -0400, Stan Brown
    >> <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Today I hooked my printer into my Win 7 laptop for the first time.
    >>> Windows found the driver, downloaded it, and installed it.
    >>>
    >>> Some things are definitely easier with Windows 7.

    >>
    >> Just a few days ago a friend of mine connected an old Epson printer to
    >> her new Win 7 laptop and Windows happily installed it, but now she's
    >> reporting that she can't find the ink monitoring and head cleaning
    >> tools. I'm assuming Windows simply installed its own stripped down
    >> driver, which doesn't include those functions. Are you having a
    >> similar experience?

    >
    > Nope, it seems to be the same Brother driver that I've known and
    > loved for years in XP. And that one came on a disk with the printer.
    > This one, I'm pretty sure, Windows downloaded from Brother's site; it
    > was definitely downloaded from *somewhere*.


    Windows Update doesn't search or install drivers from sites of
    manufacturers, only from their own database
    http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Home.aspx
    You can search also manually there.

    --
    Helmut Rohrbeck
    http://www.helmrohr.de/Kontakt.htm
    Microsoft Support Center:
    http://support.microsoft.com/?ln=en
     
  12. Roy Smith

    Roy Smith Flightless Bird

    On 10/14/10 12:30 PM, relic wrote:
    >
    > "Char Jackson" <none@none.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:hc7eb65ipl8ibpvohp170ni6fa35q7ltb9@4ax.com...
    >> On Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:32:42 -0400, Stan Brown
    >> <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Today I hooked my printer into my Win 7 laptop for the first time.
    >>> Windows found the driver, downloaded it, and installed it.
    >>>
    >>> Some things are definitely easier with Windows 7.

    >>
    >> Just a few days ago a friend of mine connected an old Epson printer to
    >> her new Win 7 laptop and Windows happily installed it, but now she's
    >> reporting that she can't find the ink monitoring and head cleaning
    >> tools. I'm assuming Windows simply installed its own stripped down
    >> driver, which doesn't include those functions. Are you having a
    >> similar experience?
    >>

    >
    > The 'striped down' drivers in W7 were supplied by the vendor. If FULL
    > support is desired, get the driver (if there is one) from the vendor.
    > Search for it in USA, Europe, and Asian vendor support sites; lots of
    > drivers aren't released in all market areas. (UMAX Scanners are one;
    > lots of new drivers were released for Europe that weren't available from
    > the UMAX-USA support site.)


    Canon is also famous for having Linux printer drivers available
    everywhere but it's US website.


    --

    Roy Smith
    Windows 7 Professional
    Thunderbird 3.1.4
    Friday, October 15, 2010 2:37:40 PM
     
  13. Stan Brown

    Stan Brown Flightless Bird

    On Thu, 14 Oct 2010 20:35:47 -0400, Nil wrote:
    >
    > On 14 Oct 2010, Stan Brown <the_stan_brown@fastmail.fm> wrote in
    > alt.windows7.general:
    >
    > > Nope, it seems to be the same Brother driver that I've known and
    > > loved for years in XP. And that one came on a disk with the
    > > printer. This one, I'm pretty sure, Windows downloaded from
    > > Brother's site; it was definitely downloaded from *somewhere*.

    >
    > I'm certain that it did NOT download it from Brother's site.
    > Programming like that would be a recipe for failure whenever Brother
    > would decide to restructure their site. The driver was probably one of
    > the many that came bundled on the Windows install disk. It's not
    > unusual.


    On Fri, 15 Oct 2010 19:38:04 +0200, Helmut Rohrbeck wrote:
    > Windows Update doesn't search or install drivers from sites of
    > manufacturers, only from their own database
    > http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Home.aspx
    > You can search also manually there.


    Helmut's explanation makes sense to me. Presumably hardware
    manufacturers make sure to keep Microsoft's site updated with
    drivers.

    --
    Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA
    http://OakRoadSystems.com
    Shikata ga nai...
     

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