Windows 2003 and HP G85xi

I have a HP OfficeJet G85xi printer and I want to use the scanning and fax functions with windows 2003 server.  Windows will install the printer driver automatically, however, I have to use the software from HP to install everything else.  When I try to install it I get an error that says that the software is not supported with the running operating system, then it forces me to quit.  Any ideas on how I can get at least the scanner to work.

Thanks,
John
johnywhiteAsked:
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vanheckedCommented:
You can always try other .exe or .msi files on the CD instead of using the Autorun function ...
Normally there is also a subdir with the driver info.
But a quick look on the HP website gives us the info that there are no W2k3 drivers available from HP.

Did you connect the G85 through a jetdirect or USB ?
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nobusCommented:
you can always contact them and ask if a driver will be available :

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/contacthp?lc=en&lang=en&cc=us&os=228&product=58305&dlc=en
johnywhiteAuthor Commented:
No the other .exe and .msi files do the same thing.  Also I have completely checked their through their web-site and found that they do not support it and have no plans to support it.  I am looking for a work-around solution.  
nobusCommented:
the only workaround i know of , is installing a win98 os on a srive, and servicing the printer from there.

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nobusCommented:
sorry - must read "drive" instead of srive
johnywhiteAuthor Commented:
That will not work, I can use it on Windows XP, but I don't understand why I can't with Windows-2003.  Shouldn't the drivers essentially be the same.
nobusCommented:
you can try - but if they don't work, that's it.
wyliecoyoteukIT directorCommented:
Basically, it is probably a GDI or "host based" printer.
Often they don't work with a server OS :

http://www.wyliecoyoteuk.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/html/gdi.html

(work in progress, may change)
johnywhiteAuthor Commented:
It's not that the printer won't work, it is that the scanner and fax won't work.  I especially need the scanner.
wyliecoyoteukIT directorCommented:
The GDI API is often used for scanners and fax (PC faxing is essentially printing anyway) as well as printing.
However, scanning and faxing need a fully bidirectional interface and that is probably the issue here, as server 2003 is not meant to function as a workstation, and such functions are not always readily shareable.




johnywhiteAuthor Commented:
True, but it is meant to be used with Terminal Services.  We have about 15 computers in this one clasroom, and I would like to be able to have some of the students use the scanner if they have permissions.
johnywhiteAuthor Commented:
What is strange is the printer portion works just fine, it is completely shareable and I have not problems.  So why can't the scanner work as well?
wyliecoyoteukIT directorCommented:
Answer is that it probably could, if HP bothered to write a driver for it.

Another way around it might be to use a Jetdirect Printserver, some of those support scanning and faxing across the network.
Depends on how you are using terminal services. If you are using it to serve thin clients, then that won't help either.

It could actually be that HP are deliberately preventing it working with server systems for licensing reasons.
 
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