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Windows 7: HP Laserjet 4 driver

02 Feb 2010   #11

W7 Home Premium v6.1 7600 64bit

Wondering if you're running the 32 or 64 bit version. I've DL'd the MD driver update for an HP LJ 4M+ and having problem using that update to load in a 64 bit version, across a network where the printer is hanging off a W2k machine... Any thoughts?

also replying to I can see any more replies to this thread...

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03 Feb 2010   #12

Windows 7 Pro
Works sporadically (64 bit)

I did d/l the 64 bit drivers from HP for the printer onto the WIN 7 Pro 64bit machine originally.

The printer on the W2k computer works fine ON THAT COMPUTER - always did.

The problem, as you are finding, too, apparently, is keeping the added network printer working, i.e. I "add" it and it works, but a few hours later, come back and it doesn't.
I've ended up using it, removing it (when it lets me), and adding it back when I need it for large print jobs. A real PIA, I know, but the only work around I've found.

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03 Feb 2010   #13

W7 Home Premium v6.1 7600 64bit

My update... on the network my printer machine (Dell Latitude laptop PIII-500 w/512M,20G) & HPLJ4M+ is very stable and I never have any issues printing to it from any of my W2k/XP machines. It's up 24/7 and get a regular reboot on the first day of the month.

I did have to enable checking the MS site for updates on the W7 box, but was able to find and install the MS HP4 driver and am now printing with W7/64 to a 12+y/o printer. Only been up for <24hrs, so only time will tell if there are any other issues with it... But so far it looks quite stable. (happy dance!)
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06 Apr 2010   #14


To date I've found the best method to interface an old HP Laserjet 4 series is using the add-on network card. I keep the printer on its own connected to my network with a static IP address and every machine, including the Windows 7 box, can access it quite seamlessly.
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19 Apr 2010   #15

Windows 7
Lazerjet 4 help needed

I also found and installed the driver. I still cannot print. Someone suggested that the Lazerjet 4 was not compatible with Windows 7 but I see some people have been successful. I need very specific instructions/help, I am not great with a computer. I work for 2 non-profit organizations and we really need to be able to use this printer.
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19 Apr 2010   #16

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)

You can use any of the following drivers built into Windows 7. HP LaserJet 4, HP LaserJet 4 Plus, HP LaserJet 4000 PCL5, HP LaserJet 4L, and HP LaserJet 5 one of them will work for your older HP printer.
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19 Apr 2010   #17

MSDN Home Premium

I also have a LaserJet 4L (circa 1994) and it's still going strong. It has a perfect small footprint and is not very high when compared to some of the modern laser printers.

I got a Belkin USB to Parallel lead and when installing I used the Windows 7 additional download to add to the printer list.

Worked perfectly
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19 Apr 2010   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

This thread is inspiring, I too have a Laserjet 4P. Now to see if I can get it to work on Win 7 but first I must buy a cable.
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27 Jul 2010   #19

Windows 7 64 bit professional
Installing a HP Laserjet 4 plus on W& 64 bit

Some people have made it seem simple, particularly terster. Following the link to the Microsoft Update Catalog gives a lot of options that look very similar. They are all zipped files. When they are upzipped there are scores of files to select from, but which one?

I have purchased a USB to parallel converter cable, which Windows 7 seems to recognise as Unspecified USB2.0-Print icon which suggests to me that my PC can see the converter cable, but nothing beyond it.

Meanwhile on Control Panel > Devices and Printers > Add a printer > Add a local printer: I have tried both LPT1 and USB001 (Virtual printer port); either option leads to a request to specify a Printer. Clicking on “Have Disk” enables a browse for the file, but Windows 7 is looking for a *.inf file, The zipped file does not have a *.inf file in it.
There is no “not in list” option or “Windows update”. What software is being used here: I have W7 (64 bit) professional.

Can someone who has done it provide a step-by-step guide before I shoot myself. I have done nothing else for 2 days.

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05 Aug 2010   #20

Windows 7 Home Premium Edition (64-bit)

I was having no problems printing to my good old LaserJet 4P and my Dell AIO962-until today!

Now it recognizes no printers and the print spooler keeps turning itself off-all this out of the blue!

Any ideas?
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