Can a Vista 64 bit machine print to a print server that connects to a 32 bit printer?

Posted on 2009-12-29
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I have a dual boot machine running WinXP SP3 home and Vista 64 bit premier.  To my disgust, my Sharp 168D printer cannot print when using Vista 64.  Another XP machine is connected to the wireless network, but the printers are connected to my machine.  If I use Vista 64, the other machine(s) cannot access the printer.  Sharp does not make a driver for Vista 64 unless one adds additional hardware.  If I purchase a wireless print server, can all the machines print to that including when I am in 64 bit mode?  One server accepts wireless input, but also connects by cable to a computer for troubleshooting, software, etc.  What do you think?
Question by:2ward2
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    Based on your other post I'm not sure if you ever got a good driver for Vista-64.  According to Sharp's site this driver should work:\index\idncservice\\DriverFiles\

    With the correct driver, any OS (Windows, Linux, BSD) of any "bit" (32, 64, 128) can talk to any printer.
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    Um, the above link may be for the wrong one, I see there are multiple drivers depending on if you have PLC or PS.

    You may want to go here:

    and look for your-self.  Although the 168D seems to be listed as a copier, it is under "MFP's and Printer".  For the model you need to select "model not listed".  Then put in AR-168D.
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    The key to the answer for me was to select "model not listed."  Previously, I gave up on this list when AR-168D was missing from the list.  I never got to the bottom to see the "model not listed" option.  I don't think that it is intuitive to believe that option would reveal anything else of value, especially when other sites on the web have stated that a 64bit driver for Vista was not supported without added hardware such as for PS or PCL.  Once I found the GDI drivers the printer works fine.  Now if I could only get the scanner to install.  The installation program thinks it's done, but the scanning function does not show up in the two programs that I routinely use for scanning.  What am I missing?
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    I just happned to scroll down there.  I would not have expected that either.

    Wish I new about the scanner.  I have run into a few issues with older scanners and Vista not working.
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    The scanning function now works!
    The solution was to uninstall the printer and scanner from System in the CP, then restart the computer.  Vista did the rest.
    Thanks, again.

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