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Windows 7: HP Laserjet 4 driver

08 Aug 2010   #21
hawkeye489

win7
 
 

I have my Laser jet running over a network on win 7 no probs.

On your win 7 OS add a local printer, click nest and windows update. This will give you the drivers you want on your local machine.
Next click add printer but choose network printer, it will then find the drivers on your local machine and work. Don't forget to change to A4 paper if your in Europe.

hope this helps


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12 Aug 2010   #22
Zora

Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Also having problems with Win7 and old HP printer

I have a very old HP laserjet, a 4m Plus. That's what it says on the printer ... I don't have any documentation; I bought it used years ago.

It used to work with my old XP computer, though getting the computer to SEE it was sometimes difficult. It was connected to the computer with an adapter cable that plugged into my USB hub. I had to have the printer running, then plug and unplug the USB jack, to get the computer to SEE the printer. If I tried to print too early, I'd have to turn the printer off, purge the print queue, and start all over.

But at least I could get it to work. I'm having NO luck at all with my new Win 7 system. I'm not sure what driver to use. I downloaded the whole list from Windows Update and none of the names say exactly 4m Plus. I tried about 4 drivers and none of them worked. Nothing prints. I get error messages.

All the computer seems to SEE is an unidentified device plugged into the USB hub.

Would it help if I plugged directly into the computer? I would need to buy a new, much longer cable if I tried to do that. The computer is on the floor, on a trolley, and the printer is perched on the top shelf of my old computer desk. They're about 4 feet apart. The printer is so HUGE that I can't put it anywhere but up there. I need a new computer desk, but no $$$ .... So the connection runs through the hub, which is only 2-1/2 feet away.

Please, someone, I can't afford a new printer either. Please advise re the correct driver AND getting the computer to see the device at the end of the cable.
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19 Aug 2010   #23
svtdot

Windows 7 64 bit professional
 
 

Connecting a HP Laserjet 4+ to Windows 7 64bit

After looking at many web forums I realised I was not alone in having problems making my Laserjet 4 work with Windows 7. After many, many hours of research and experimentation I have succeeded and I want to share my experience with others.
  • The first requirement is a USB to parallel adapter. Not all of these work (I know this from personal experience). If you live in the UK follow this link
    http://www.cables2u.co.uk/ieee1284-centronics-parallel-printer-cable-p-229.html
    I am sure there must be others but this one works.
  • The next preliminary is rather obscure. I discovered that Windows 7 out of the box does not have a driver for the Laserjet 4. Internet research indicated that others had found one, but where was it? I eventually realised that the automatic downloading of Windows drivers did not seem to be working. This is how I fixed it. After clicking start, type Change Device Installation. Follow this by clicking that same listing on the menu that Windows offers. Another window opens headed “Do you want Windows to download driver software and realistic icons for your devices.” If like me, you find the radio button for “Yes, do this automatically (recommended)” and the “Save changes” button is greyed out, select the “No” radio button and click “Save changes”. Then close the window, and go through the above procedure again, this time you should be able the automatic setting and “Save changes” I know it sounds tedious and unnecessary but it was the only way I was able to see an up-to-date list of drivers.
  • The final preliminary was the key to progress for me. My internet researches revealed a feature of my Laserjet 4 that was new to me. It’s called a “Cold Reset” and seems to be a way of resetting to the default settings. What it is exactly I‘ll leave to the experts but it worked for me. The process is quite simple. Make sure the printer is disconnected from everything apart from the electricity supply and is switched off. Depress the “On Line” button and keep it depressed whilst you switch on the printer. Leave it depressed until “Cold Reset” appears on the LED. You can now release the button and allow the printer to continue its start process until “Ready” appears. Switch off again.
  • Plug in the USB adapter but leave it disconnected from the printer. The PC will detect the hardware and find the drivers automatically. Next go to Start and click on Devices and Printers. The USB device will show as unknown device or something similar. Close down the window and shutdown the PC.
  • Connect the USB adapter to the printer and switch on the printer and wait until the printer shows Ready. Now start the PC. Click Start and click on Devices and Printers. Next click on Add a Printer. A new window will open: select Add a local printer. Ensure the “Use an existing port” radio button is selected and open the dropdown list. There should be an entry labelled USB001 (Virtual printer port for USB). Select it and click the Next button. In the new window Select HP and then choose Laserjet 4 from the long inventory listed. Click the next button and it should work. It did for me.
  • There may be other and quicker ways of following steps 4 & 5, but that’s the way I did it and it worked!
Good luck
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31 Aug 2010   #24
devanb

Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate
 
 
Finally got laserjet 4 samba cups to work

In order to install the Laserjet 4 printer over a network select:

Add Printer

Add local printer

Select the http://server/printer

Update list

It works!

If you try and add a network printer directly, the windows update button isn't there.

Thanks to everyone for pointing me in the right direction.
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14 Sep 2010   #25
bapayne

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I did everything svtdot listed, as well as tried unchecking "Enable bidirectional..." in the Printer Settings Ports Tab and still nothing.

When I unplug the USB parallel adapter "thingie" and then turn off the printer & computer, turn it printer then computer back on, Windows reinstalls my printer cable adapter but then says "No printer attached."

My grandfather will not use another printer besides this Laserjet 4-- instead he just complains and hates this stupid, expensive new computer we gave him for his 80th birthday. Any suggestions or clarifications on the multitude of so-called "solutions" would be such a huge help and save my relationship with the aging patriach of our family...

Windows 7 Home Premium edition, I think its 64bit but honestly I have no idea how to find out if its that or 32bit or if that would even make a difference. Thanks and I huge "I love you!" to anyone who can or valiantly tries to help me.
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14 Sep 2010   #26
WindowsStar

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bapayne View Post
I did everything svtdot listed, as well as tried unchecking "Enable bidirectional..." in the Printer Settings Ports Tab and still nothing.

When I unplug the USB parallel adapter "thingie" and then turn off the printer & computer, turn it printer then computer back on, Windows reinstalls my printer cable adapter but then says "No printer attached."

My grandfather will not use another printer besides this Laserjet 4-- instead he just complains and hates this stupid, expensive new computer we gave him for his 80th birthday. Any suggestions or clarifications on the multitude of so-called "solutions" would be such a huge help and save my relationship with the aging patriach of our family...

Windows 7 Home Premium edition, I think its 64bit but honestly I have no idea how to find out if its that or 32bit or if that would even make a difference. Thanks and I huge "I love you!" to anyone who can or valiantly tries to help me.
Have you tried the native HP LaserJet 2200 Series PCL 5 driver? That driver should print to the HP LaserJet 4 without issue. -WS
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16 Oct 2010   #27
mikkijc

win 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 
Virtual Printer Port for USB solved LaserJet 4 issue

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by premorob View Post
I had trouble finding how to get my HP Laserjet 4 printer to work in Windows 7.

My research indicates it would run in Vista using built in drivers, but I didn't have or use Vista. I also tried driversguide, and HP site just says "supported"

When I used one of the available earleir drivers I always get the error message:
"W2 INVALID PERS"

OK Solved it now. Lots of drivers in a package for HP laserjets. Go to the Windows Update page and download the package; here:
Microsoft Update Catalog
I was able to get my LasetJet 4 to work after upgrading to Win 7 from Vista by selecting the Virtual Printer Port for USB.

I have a Belkin F5U002 parallel USB adapter cable and it's controller is listed as IEEE_1284 under Devices and Printers.

After many days of trying lots of different tricks I found that the PRINT DRIVER IS NOT the problem. Some people have had success by unchecking the bidirectional box under the Port Tab under the LaserJet 4 properties box. However, this had no affect one way or another for me.
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05 Dec 2010   #28
Lord Of The Mor

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi all,

I want to thank all of you for helping with my issue, and since it is fixed now, I thought I would post my success, and my failures leading to it.

I bought a USB to Centronics for my HP LaserJet 4p. Win7 would load the driver, but it stated that it wasn't working properly.

I put it on the table for a time. Then I went and bought another adapter because I thought the one I had was bad.

Same song, second verse. Everything ended the same, Win7 stated that the device wasn't working properly.

Reading through the previous posts in this thread, I went and looked at my setting for my 4p.

My error was that the printer was still installed prior to my last motherboard upgrade, and I had failed to delete it.

Long story shorter, as soon as I switched the 4p properties from lpt1, to usb printer port, everything worked like a charm.

Thanks again everyone.
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05 Dec 2010   #29
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

My first 286 computer was all about the OKI Data tractor feed printer, the thing could make noise, it worked like a charm but noisy it was in spades. Then I bought my first HP printer a HP4 which I loaded with another bank of memory and I think the printer cost me $1,300.00 plus tax back in the day and the memory cartridge was like another $275.00. It has served me almost flawlessly for all this time and still is working strong today. I ran labels through it like crazy and the glue finally gummed it up and I had to have it worked on professionally but that's been it besides cleaner sheets I put thought it. The extended capacity toner cartridge is pricey but it goes goes and goes. This is the machine that built HP's reputation and it is built like a Sherman tank.
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12 Dec 2010   #30
JMX

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I got my Laserjet 4 Plus working with the help of an Edimax 1206U printserver. Got the 4 Plus driver via online update, but it doesn't seem to support duplex. Seems to work fine with the Laserjet 2200 PCL 5 driver so far.

Hope this is helping those who are looking to get a LP4+ w/ duplex working in Windows 7 x64.
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