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Windows 7: HP Deskjet 656C

05 Mar 2009   #1

Windows 7
HP Deskjet 656C

Hello today i installed the Windows 7 32 Bit and i cant install a driver for my HP Deskjet 656C printer. Until im used Vista it can be solved that printer was insalled with a 660C driver but now i cant found it on the list which the os gave me. Can anyone help?

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05 Mar 2009   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu

Hello MG01, and welcome to the Seven Forums

If you still have a working Vista install you may want to try this method ....

Windows 7 driver solution

If you are running Only windows 7 you may find that Drivermax will find the driver you need or you could check the HP site for the latest compatible driver for Vista
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16 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 7 Build 7000

Hi, since DriverMax didn't work out and WinVista didn't show me the Driver filename, I had to dump the driver myself.

Below in this reply I uploaded the driver (attached) for the HP Deskjet 660C and compatible with 656C according to HP (see link below).

Install the Driver manually via the Device Manager, then choose the option to select the file manually; browse the uncompressed folder I have attached and select the prnhp001.inf file. You'll see the Driver Is Not Signed dialog, but you already know what to do.

I have tested it with the 656c and worked fine on Windows Seven RTM and Vista.

* See 2nd reply to read the method you can use to dump the OEM Vista driver for your printer (the one I used).

* EDIT: I have just found the Driver for the 660c on the Windows Update Catalog, anyway this method could be used for other type of drivers.

Installing and Configuring an Alternate Driver in Windows Vista HP Deskjet 656c Printer - HP Customer Care (Singapore - English)
(If you can't see this page, go to Hewlett Packard website and Select your Printer, then go to Drivers&Downloads section and then select Vista Driver, there you'll see these instructions)

Attached Files
File Type: zip Vista HP Deskjet 660C (4.15 MB, 10463 views)
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16 Sep 2009   #4

Windows 7 Build 7000

Method you can use for dumping any other driver:

1. Install Your Printer Manually on a Vista System. (I used VMware Workstation)

2. Once your Printer is installed on your Vista System, go to the following folder: C:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers

3. There you'll see 4 other folders: color, IA64, w32x86 and x64.

4. You would normally enter the w32x86 folder but if you have any other Operating System/machine type, like a 64-bit system you would go into the x64 folder.

5. Then you will see randomly (to me) named folders, mine were: 3 and PCC.

6. In my system, my drivers were on the "3" named folder, so I copied the entire folder.

7. Now you need your .INF file, so we open the folder: C:\Windows\inf

8. There you will see a lot of files and folders, but the ones we are interested in are the files that start with "pr", for example: prxxxxx.inf

9. Now it's time to select your .INF file to copy to your driver folder (the one you just copied on step #6.

10. Below is a description of each printer file required for your printer model.

11. When you find the corresponding .INF file for your printer model be sure to copy this file to your Driver pack/folder.

"EPSON Stylus COLOR 1520" = "6/1/2001"
"EPSON Stylus COLOR 440" = "6/1/2001"
"EPSON Stylus COLOR 640" = "6/1/2001"
"EPSON Stylus COLOR 740" = "6/1/2001"
"EPSON Stylus COLOR 850" = "6/1/2001"
"EPSON Stylus COLOR 850ne" = "6/1/2001"
"EPSON Stylus COLOR 860" = "6/1/2001"
"EPSON Stylus Photo 750" = "6/1/2001"
"EPSON Stylus Scan 2500" = "6/1/2001"
"HP LaserJet 3150"
"Lexmark Color 4079 plus PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra C PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra C710 PS3" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra Color 1200 PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra Color 40 PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra Color 45 PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra E310 PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra E312 PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra Ep PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra K 1220 PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra M410 PS3" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra M412 PS3" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra N PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra plus PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra S 1255 plus PS3" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra S 1255 PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra S 1625 plus PS3" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra S 1625 PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra S 1855 plus PS3" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra S 1855 PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra S 2455 plus PS3" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra S 2455 PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra S PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra SC 1275 PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra Se 3455 plus PS3" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra Se 3455 PS2" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra T610 PS3" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra T612 PS3" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra T614 PS3" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra T616 PS3" = "1/25/2001"
"Lexmark Optra W810 PS3" = "1/25/2001"
"NEC SuperScript 1400 Series"
prnao001.inf Apollo Printers
prnbr001.inf BROTHER
prnca001.inf Canon
prnhp001.inf Hewlett-Packard (HP)

The list is incomplete. I will try to come back to edit it (or if someone could help).

You can always search for your model by using windows search to search for text inside the files.
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31 May 2010   #5
daniel gomez

Windows 7 32-bits

does it actually work bc i've tryed like 10000000000000000 things and still not working
im soo freacking frustated
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28 Jun 2012   #6

Window 7 Professional
Method to Install HP 660C Driver on Win7 Computer

Method of installing HP 660C Driver on Win 7 Computer
1) Un-Zip the compressed file “ HP Deskjet 660C Driver Win7,Vista “ to My Document . We get a folder “Driver “. Open the Folder “ Driver “. We get a Folder “Original Vista HP” and lot of other files. Open the folder “Original Vista HP” .We get a file “prnhp001.inf.
2) Switch on the Printer HP Deskjet 660C ( or 670C ) and connect it to the USB port of the computer( or Laptop)
3) Open Control Panel-----à In hardware and Sound ---àclick View Devices and Printers. You will see the connected 660C printer as an “Unspecified “ device. Rt, click on it --à Properties--à Hardware-à Properties-à General -à Change settings-à Driver-à Uninstall-à OK. The “Unspecified “ device will disappear from View Devices and Printer Screen.
4) On the same screen Click on “ Add a printer “ .--à Add a Local Printer---àSelect the LPT1 Print Port-àNextàSelect the Manufacturer as HPà Have Disk-àBrowse and select the file “prnhp001.inf” which you got in My Documents after unzipping “Original Vista HP “ folder. Then in the Printer list you will see the 660C printer , select it and follow the instruction as appears on the screen. You will get a indication that the Driver is not signed. Select Install Anyway. The driver will be automatically installed.
Disconnect the Printer from the computer
5) Restart the computer and go to Control Panel-----à In hardware and Sound ---àclick View Devices and Printers. You will see 660C Printer Icon.
Rt. Click on the Printer Icon ---à Printer Properties -à Ports-àTick USB002 Vertual Printer Port for USB Deskjet 660CàApply-àOK. Restart the computer
Switch on the Printer and Reconnect it to the Computer. You can print a page and test the printer.
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28 Jun 2012   #7

Window 7 Professional

The Driver for Printer HP 660C for Vista& Win7 is given in the reply of Jaime Reyes "Vista HP Deskjet Driver Zip". Use that in the above case
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04 Jul 2012   #8

Window 7 Professional

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by daniel gomez View Post
does it actually work bc i've tryed like 10000000000000000 things and still not working
im soo freacking frustated
Driver for 656C,660C,670C are all same for Vista & Win 7. How to install it ? I have given a detailed method in the subsequent reply.
My Printer HP Deskjet 670C is working on XP, Vista & Win 7. Printer is in v. good condition & I do not want to discard it.
Pl, read my way of installing the driver which I did just a few days back
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06 Jul 2012   #9

win 7 64

try to launch a scan with a software for drivers finding like driver genius or driver detective, often I found the right driver.
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12 Jul 2012   #10

Window 7 Professional

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by expertone View Post
try to launch a scan with a software for drivers finding like driver genius or driver detective, often I found the right driver.
In the case of HP Deskjet 656C,or 660C or 670C the drivers are all same for Vista & W7, which was easily available on a Google Search, But even after installing the driver the Printer was not working.
By lots of effort & by trial & error also I succeeded in installing the driver on my computer for Vista & W7. That is why I shared my way of installing the driver in the Forum. My old HP Printer 670C is still giving me good service, hence I am reluctant to retire it.(Once I contacted Driver Dectective & the reply was Driver for this Printer for Vista & W7 does not exist )
Thanks a lot for the advise about the method to find the appropriate drivers. I appreciate it
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