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Windows 7: How to make HP Laserjet m2727NF work with Win 7 32/64 and Win XP

04 Sep 2012   #1

How to make HP Laserjet m2727NF work with Win 7 32/64 and Win XP

I have seen on the web that many people struggle with making 'old' HP printers work with newer versions of OS. This is my struggle and how I solved the problem:
I have Window small business server 2008 for handling the network, printers etc.
one Windows XP that still works excellent.
one new Win 7 32 bit for adm work.
one laptop with Win 7 64 bit
one desktop with Win 7 64 bit

when I installed the HP Laserjet m2727nf to the Win SBS 2008, I could manage to print from all machines. when I tried to make the scanner work, something happened so I could not find the printer from my Win 7 32 bit machine. it worked well with XP Pro.

Then I connected the m2727nf to the usb port of the Win 7 machine. It worked well with the host machine but not from the XP Pro.

Then I connected the m2727nf to the Xp Pro machine. It worked well with host machine, but not with Win 7.
At this time my dogs had learned a lot of new words....

The M2727nf comes with several ports: phone (fax), USB and network.
I connected the M2727nf to the network router and it was automatically recognised by the SBS 2008 and added to the network with its own IP address.

Now I could install the printer from both Win 7 32 bits and XP Pro (also 32 bits). And everything works, even the scanner on both computers.

Then I tried to connect my Win 7 64 bit desktop.
But this time It could not find the printer on the network.
I went back to my XP Pro computer, and looked up the IP address. It was 'NPI816DAE'. This is not the IP address I normally enter, but I tried and it worked.
On the Win 7 64 bit, I chose to enter IP address for the printer since it did not find it. by entering 'NPI816DAE' it found the printer and printed the testpage without problems.

Now I have a scanner to use with Win 7 32 bits and XP Pro (32 bits) and printer with the Win 7 64 bits.

On XP you use the installed HP scan program. On Win 7 32 bits you can use the Microsoft fax and scan program.

And if anyone finds a way to scan with Win 7 64 bit, I would like to know.
And a good solution to find the ip address if you do not have XP Pro on the network.

Connect your printer directly to the network with network cable.
Find the address for the printer. It will be given automatically.
Use the IP adress to install the printer driver on each machine.
Use the appropriate driver from HP web page for installation - it actually works.
There is one driver for each OS, 32 and 64 bit.

Latest (4.9.12):
I downloaded M2727series-Windows 7-full-solution-v5.2-AM-EMEA1.exe from HP drivers pages. After installation I can scan with Win 7 64 bit version as well. And the software finds the printer address on the network automatically. The 64 bit printer driver did not, but this is a 230 Mb download, so one must expect more to happen....

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