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12 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Dell 1600n wireless printer connection (a simple one)...

Hi All,
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, Win7 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 Win7 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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12 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I may not have been plain enough there...

Download the latest driver from Dell.

Remember the path it extracts to (Dell will not help anymore)

Click on the .exe file to install this old printer...
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12 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
OK, I'm still PO'ed

On a side note, Has MS repaired the auto-sort function toggle? I don't believe so, they don't care....
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12 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

All the very Best to you all! Hope to be back soon!
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