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Dell 1600n wireless printer connection (a simple one)...
Gotta mention that this forum is great! I'm here often, but seldom sign in. I most often get any help I need without doing so & though I prefer it that way, I figured it was time to give something back (however trivial it may be).
I had a Dell MFP1600n laser printer given to me a while back (Praise the Lord) & it came at the right time as I was destitute then & couldn't afford cartridges for a Canon I960.
Here's the rub.
There was no problem connecting & using the printer with a wired connection to a Linksys WRT54GS & a wired XP Desktop & a wireless XP Desktop (both older 86X systems).
Though the 64 bit, wireless, Windows 7 laptop connected through the same router to the internet. As usual, it would not & still does not "see the XP machines". It also would not, through multiple configurations, connect to this printer.
At first I tried to update the driver, but Dell only had XP 32 bit available. After hours & days of wasted time with "Add printer", I resorted to using a flash drive for the few times I needed to print something from this infernal Windows 7 machine.
I finally wondered if my head was stuck in the "soon to be obsolete, XP mode".
Y'know, this isn't the first time Microsoft has Pi**ed me off & I understand that we are all "beta testing" a product that we have paid several hundred dollars for. I also understand the reason for security, but I don't want to spend 50% or better of my time trying to use an OS that cannot tell ME from a scumbag intruder. There are AV programs for that...
As it came installed on my laptop (& of course I received no restore or install disks whatsoever with it), I'm stuck with trying to repair, rather than reformat. Unless I wish to pi** away a bunch more money to Microsoft...
Sorry, I tend to ramble...
Here's the solution:
Dell has changed their site. They have also updated the driver for the 1600n. I am finally impressed!
Don't try any of the XP drivers that were previously available. They will not work for 7.
If your printer is connected to a router for your network, click the "Network" option. Next, click on "install for this computer", follow the prompts from there...
I hope this helps someone...
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