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Okay, I have a HP Color LaserJet 2600n.  I know there are no Vista 64 (or even 32 bit) drivers at the moment.  I have a server 2003 box setup here, is there any way I can have it translate?  In other words, the printer is networked and installed on the 2k3 box, is there any way I can make a generic print server on the 2k3 box, and share that so that the Vista box can send documents to it, have 2k3 translate the data to make it compatable with the 2600n?

In other words Vista (some generic driver PCL driver or something)->2k3->2600n
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by:IrfanAsim
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Have you tried browsing Win2k3 server from vista machine, right-clicking shared printer and connect? Does it pop-up any message? If it doesn't, it should work fine.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Just what you said - find a Vista compatible PCL driver and use that on the vista machine.
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This is the best solution until HP finally get their act together.  Vista 'should' work out it needs to talk to the W2K3 box using PCL and set up accordingly using generic drivers rather than a specific 2600n driver.  Some users are reporting that they can get the printer running with the XP drivers and this is actually being suggested by HP Support as an interim fix but the results are not reliable.
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by:OAC Technology
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To leew: It isn't a PCL printer, that is the problem.  I was hoping 2k3 could "translate" or something.
Irfan: Doing that, Vista asks for drivers
MASQUERAID: Tried that, can't get it to work.

There is no way 2k3 can "translate" for the Vista box?  It seems like this wouldn't even be too difficult to program something like this up, I don't have the skill for it but I'm surprised someone hasn't come up with it.
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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Have you tried installing it as a generic  "LaserJet" from the Vista drivers?
It's a dirty fix but might keep you limping on until HP decide what they are doing - better some prinitng that none at all ...
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by:OAC Technology
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Unfortunately I can't.  It uses a specialized language so it really needs specific drivers.  I have a laserjet 1012 (which also doesn't have Vista drivers but I guess works okay) that needs a new toner cartridge.  I guess printing in black and white is my only recourse until July.  It is just incredible.  I had no idea printer drivers were so hard to write.  I would think they would be some of the easiest drivers there are.  I think my next printer will be a different brand.
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by:wyliecoyoteuk
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Yes, it uses a Zenographics driver protocol.
Marvell took over Zenographics in December, you may have a long wait for a driver.
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