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Force install of printer driver for a Lexmark (Network printer)

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I have a Lexmark 3150 installed on a computer in the office here. I can print to it from the station that I am on now (WinXP) However, I cannot install it's drivers on the Win98 machine because everytime I load the setup, it says 'cannot continue installation because no printer is detected' and does not give the option for anything else. Obviously there is no printer connected, because it's over the network. As far as I can tell there is no option to install the driver anyway.

When you install the driver manually, through Windows, it uninstalls the driver and then runs the setup program.

I'm at a bit of a loss. Suggestions?

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Question by:Sootah
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Justin Durrant earned 500 total points
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Hi Sootah,
Move the printer to this machine, install the driver.. Then move the printer back and connect to it via the network.
JJ
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Download the Windows 98 drivers for the printer and run Setup to extract the files.  Take note of the folder to which the files are extracted and cancel out of Setup.  Now open Start/Settings/Printers and start the Add Printer Wizard.  Select the Network Printer option, and let it search for the printer.  When it asks for the driver point it to the folder to which the files were extracted.
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by:Sootah
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I already did the extraction thing. Windows loads the driver, and then promptly removes it and auto-starts the driver install program. If I remove the program, it just comes up with an error and the driver is still removed anyway.

Where in the .inf is the instrution to delete the driver and start the install program? Perhaps I can just edit that.
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by:Sootah
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I am accepting jjdurrant's solotion because it is the most likely to work.  Casa13's is good, but I tried that and every time Windows would load the driver it would be deleted and the install would auto-run.

I ended up not worring about it. The guy has 3 printers, and 2 of them are color.
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