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Windows 7: Epson lq 870


21 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Epson lq 870

Hi
i have a Epson lq 870 dot-matrix printer and i can't install it on a Windows 7 machine. is there a possibility to install it on a other way. On the Epson website i didn't find the drivers.
I thougt to install a virtual machine with my inventory software that needs the printer. I read somewhere that windows 7 has a modus to emulate winxp. does it work also for drivers or only for software?
thanks


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24 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by saimen View Post
Hi
i have a Epson lq 870 dot-matrix printer and i can't install it on a Windows 7 machine. is there a possibility to install it on a other way. On the Epson website i didn't find the drivers.
I thougt to install a virtual machine with my inventory software that needs the printer. I read somewhere that windows 7 has a modus to emulate winxp. does it work also for drivers or only for software?
thanks
As long as you have Hardware Virtualization available to you [only about 2/3 of processors have that option built into them] you can run anything pretty much within Windows XP Mode.

However, you also need to take into account that the LQ 870 is a damn old printer. The last operating system it was supported on was Windows 98 & Windows NT 4. So much has changed since then within Windows and how it handles drivers, I'd honestly say you have a 1 in 1000 chance it'll work correctly. With XP mode, given you meet the hardware requirements [you can find out by following Step 2 HERE] I'd say 1 in 5 chance then.
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24 Dec 2009   #3

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

Here is a link to the processors that support virtualization -

Which Intel CPUs Support XP Mode Virtualization? - Tom's Hardware
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24 Dec 2009   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jelyman View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by saimen View Post
Hi
i have a Epson lq 870 dot-matrix printer and i can't install it on a Windows 7 machine. is there a possibility to install it on a other way. On the Epson website i didn't find the drivers.
I thougt to install a virtual machine with my inventory software that needs the printer. I read somewhere that windows 7 has a modus to emulate winxp. does it work also for drivers or only for software?
thanks
As long as you have Hardware Virtualization available to you [only about 2/3 of processors have that option built into them] you can run anything pretty much within Windows XP Mode.

However, you also need to take into account that the LQ 870 is a damn old printer. The last operating system it was supported on was Windows 98 & Windows NT 4. So much has changed since then within Windows and how it handles drivers, I'd honestly say you have a 1 in 1000 chance it'll work correctly. With XP mode, given you meet the hardware requirements [you can find out by following Step 2 HERE] I'd say 1 in 5 chance then.
I think that XP simulation is just for versions of Windows above HP.
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