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8.1 cant see wireless printer

  1. #11


    Wynnum Australia
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TONSCHUH View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Never seen any OS that wouldn't detect a WiFi if it's turned on, in range and everything working, might not recognize device but signal must be there.
    Yeah, but you still have to setup the printer directly on the printer, like the WiFi-Settings, Wireless-Key etc.pp. and then the Driver / Software is able to find it and install it.

    The printer finds in my case my router (and surrounding wireless networks) via WiFi and asks me to which one I want to connect the printer.

    In the next step I have to enter my WiFi-Key of the router to be able to connect to the router and then I install the driver's / software of the printer locally, where I get asked if I connect to the printer via USB or WiFi and after scanning for any WiFi-Printer's, the printer comes up and is usable afterwards.

    That's the way I setup my HP wireless printer under Windows 7. On a reinstall of Windows 7 I had to install the drivers and software for it to work. It's a different story in Windows 8 though. No drivers needed at all. The printer is detected and installed in the background without me having to do anything. That's with the printer already setup to use my WIFI though.
    Do you get that way all functions or only basic printing ?


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  2. #12


    Drivers for any HW are needed weather you install them yourself or let Windows find them automatically. I got some really old printers working by installing drivers thru "Devices and Printers" in control panel. > Ad a Printer > The printer that I want isn't listed > select the way printer is connected, I went for "Local Printer" because they were HP Laserjet 4 and 1300, and windows downloaded thru internet a list of printers with drivers needed for them. They both work just fine but are just pretty basic ones without many custom modes.
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  3. #13


    Wynnum Australia
    Posts : 466
    Windows-10-Pro-Build-11099.rs1-x64


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Drivers for any HW are needed weather you install them yourself or let Windows find them automatically. I got some really old printers working by installing drivers thru "Devices and Printers" in control panel. > Ad a Printer > The printer that I want isn't listed > select the way printer is connected, I went for "Local Printer" because they were HP Laserjet 4 and 1300, and windows downloaded thru internet a list of printers with drivers needed for them. They both work just fine but are just pretty basic ones without many custom modes.
    Ok, I thought so.

    It would still help the OP, as the printer would at least show-up.

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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by TONSCHUH View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Drivers for any HW are needed weather you install them yourself or let Windows find them automatically. I got some really old printers working by installing drivers thru "Devices and Printers" in control panel. > Ad a Printer > The printer that I want isn't listed > select the way printer is connected, I went for "Local Printer" because they were HP Laserjet 4 and 1300, and windows downloaded thru internet a list of printers with drivers needed for them. They both work just fine but are just pretty basic ones without many custom modes.

    Ok, I thought so.

    It would still help the OP, as the printer would at least show-up.

    Just like if it was a wired connection, system has to see a device, connect to it and read it's BIOS and firmware if it's plug and play device. That's his first problem that has to be addressed before anything works. So, this has more to do with WiFi problem than printer itself. If it has a wired USB connection I would make it work like that first, switching to WiFi would be easier than.
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  5. #15


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by TONSCHUH View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TONSCHUH View Post

    Yeah, but you still have to setup the printer directly on the printer, like the WiFi-Settings, Wireless-Key etc.pp. and then the Driver / Software is able to find it and install it.

    The printer finds in my case my router (and surrounding wireless networks) via WiFi and asks me to which one I want to connect the printer.

    In the next step I have to enter my WiFi-Key of the router to be able to connect to the router and then I install the driver's / software of the printer locally, where I get asked if I connect to the printer via USB or WiFi and after scanning for any WiFi-Printer's, the printer comes up and is usable afterwards.

    That's the way I setup my HP wireless printer under Windows 7. On a reinstall of Windows 7 I had to install the drivers and software for it to work. It's a different story in Windows 8 though. No drivers needed at all. The printer is detected and installed in the background without me having to do anything. That's with the printer already setup to use my WIFI though.
    Do you get that way all functions or only basic printing ?

    It's just a mono laser printer so as far as I know all functions work. My HP All in One installs automatically too, once I turn it on. It's USB. I can scan and print to it no problem from Windows. The photo copier function works too. There are one or two buttons on it that don't do anything without the HP software though. That doesn't bother me enough to make me install the software though. I don't lose any functionality, they are just convenience buttons. I could likely get them working by playing around with the all in ones settings but haven't bothered.
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  6. #16


    Wynnum Australia
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    Windows-10-Pro-Build-11099.rs1-x64


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TONSCHUH View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post

    That's the way I setup my HP wireless printer under Windows 7. On a reinstall of Windows 7 I had to install the drivers and software for it to work. It's a different story in Windows 8 though. No drivers needed at all. The printer is detected and installed in the background without me having to do anything. That's with the printer already setup to use my WIFI though.
    Do you get that way all functions or only basic printing ?

    It's just a mono laser printer so as far as I know all functions work. My HP All in One installs automatically too, once I turn it on. It's USB. I can scan and print to it no problem from Windows. The photo copier function works too. There are one or two buttons on it that don't do anything without the HP software though. That doesn't bother me enough to make me install the software though. I don't lose any functionality, they are just convenience buttons. I could likely get them working by playing around with the all in ones settings but haven't bothered.
    Thanks for Info !

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  7. #17


    I have a couple of oldies on my lan, I have been 100% successful by using the standard method:

    Control Panel - devices and printers - Add a printer
    Then "The printer I want isnt listed"
    Then "Add a local printer..etc"
    Then, if the printer is not in my list, I then apply the "Windows update ", on the same age.This takes a little while, but I am sure that, if not yet, you will see your printer. It will then load what is required automatically., and, in my case, asks if you want to print a test page.
    fwiw. I just ran through the basic as above, and I see your printer on the updated list.
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  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    I have a couple of oldies on my lan, I have been 100% successful by using the standard method:

    Control Panel - devices and printers - Add a printer
    Then "The printer I want isnt listed"
    Then "Add a local printer..etc"
    Then, if the printer is not in my list, I then apply the "update your list", on the same age.This takes a little while, but I am sure that, if not yet, you will see your printer. It will then load what is required automatically., and, in my case, asks if you want to print a test page.
    That's exactly i have been doing it even with Win7 and found drivers for some really odd or old printers. HP is notoriously sloppy when it comes to updating drivers for new OSes. Seems like they are expecting us to buy new printer with every windows change. It wasn't too bad at Win98 > XP and XP> Win7 change, most driver for previous system worked but MS changed the way printer drivers work with Win8. Changes are made so drivers are easier to write but HP doesn't seem to care, which is real pity because some older printers like Laserjet4 were practically indestructible. Our old (than new) LJ4m, printed thousands upon thousands labels for factory productions and had at least two or 3 toner changes a week and was still going strong 4 years later when I left company. I have an old one, that used to work at a hospital, connected to a computer in the basement and is still like new. Not to have driver for it would be almost sacrilege.
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  9. #19


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    8.1


    No still not working....Installed all software windows cannot detect printer windows eight is crap
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