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Windows 7: Driver for Brother HL 1440 Printer

28 Jun 2010   #11
rchusid

Windows 7
 
 

I just purchased a Windows 7 notebook and tried to get it to use a Brother HL-1440 printer which is attached to an XP on the network. In initial attempts have not worked but I did stumble upon something which might help.

Several years ago when the printer attached to the XP was not working I attached an old LaserJet IIIp temporarily. When I did a search for printers to install, the new Windows 7 notebook included the LaserJet on the list. After attempts at installing the Brother did not work I tried clicking on the LaserJet to install. This installed with absolutely no problem with Windows 7 having a driver for it. So far it seems to print fine, and I can certainly live with it giving the wrong printer name.

I imagine this would probably work with other HP models, with drivers from them being readily available. (I also have an old LaserJet 4 Plus on another computer and had no problem installing that). This might provide a work around if having difficulty installing the Brother.


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10 Jan 2011   #12
Taterman

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Yes! Remove Series

Thank you isylvain and the people hosting this forum.


After 11 months and numerous attempts your (not so) simple solution worked. Downloaded the suggested PCL driver above - no go. Removing the "series" name in the OMEHL01A.INF file worked.

I didn't do any uninstalling. After removing the series part and saving it I used the update print driver option to install onto the XP computer with the printer attached then my Windows 7 laptop had no difficulty installing over our home network.

I had given up on finding a driver to use this printer over a home network. Past attempts going to Microsoft site - you need to go to the Brother site which says "we don't have anymore divers for this old printer" - very frustrating.

So is not this a Windows 7 problem by not including the word series when it searches for a driver? If Microsoft knew about this couldn't they easily fix this with their numerous updates? Just a thought.
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10 Jan 2011   #13
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Taterman View Post
Thank you isylvain and the people hosting this forum.


After 11 months and numerous attempts your (not so) simple solution worked. Downloaded the suggested PCL driver above - no go. Removing the "series" name in the OMEHL01A.INF file worked.

I didn't do any uninstalling. After removing the series part and saving it I used the update print driver option to install onto the XP computer with the printer attached then my Windows 7 laptop had no difficulty installing over our home network.

I had given up on finding a driver to use this printer over a home network. Past attempts going to Microsoft site - you need to go to the Brother site which says "we don't have anymore divers for this old printer" - very frustrating.

So is not this a Windows 7 problem by not including the word series when it searches for a driver? If Microsoft knew about this couldn't they easily fix this with their numerous updates? Just a thought.
Hi Taterman, Welcome to the forums, When a device gets deemed to be a "Legacy Device" the manufacturer will no longer support it by adding new more upto date drivers for every new OS that comes along, Microsoft cannot be held to blame for that , The new Win7 OS has the most complete "out of the box" driver support than any previous OS but even so ,it can be limited in supplying drivers for Legacy Devices
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01 Mar 2011   #14
OCTechguy

Win7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Great answer

I have 64 bit Win 7 and was trying to install Brother HL-1440 to no avail. I changed the one line of code as you suggested and it worked. Thank you!
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26 Mar 2011   #15
kevingross

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

lsylvain, thank you, brilliant answer.

Kevin
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11 Oct 2011   #16
smarttechnology

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I wanted to post a solution that is a little bit simpler than editing inf files (I couldn't find the inf file mentioned). On the Windows XP machine, simply change the driver from the HL-1440 to the HL-1660. Then try to add it on the Windows 7 computer through the network and it will connect just fine.
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30 Nov 2012   #17
Twizzle

Windows 7 64
 
 

Thank you so very much for this. I've been trying to sort it out for days and probably would have taken months like you did but your answer did the trick.

Best regards,
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