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2008R2 Print Server Driver Work Around?

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I have a unique issue where I can only get an x86 driver for a printer but I have to run it through 2008R2 Print Server. Is there any possible way of tricking the system to allow the x86 driver to be used?
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by:B12BLIB
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Unfortunately not. R2 is 64 bit, and uses the WOW64 sub system, which cancels out x86, or any 32bit coding into 64bit.

Try using a universal driver for your printer which can communicate RAW TCP IP to it. That might work (HP Universal Driver generally works when talking to other printer brands. Had this working for a few Ricoh, Canon, and Konica printers that way. (Plus legacy HP printers)
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I wish I could but, because of the complexity of the Device and functionality it has to be a specific driver and it's only x86 at this point.
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What device are you trying to use? And what type of driver is required? PCL5/6 or PostScript?
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I have PS 64 but I need a PCL5c or PCL6 64bit driver but, it's nowhere to be found...
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It is a Ricoh C900
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Aaah, thats a big one. PS would be easiest to use, at its very flexible.
I'm afraid the only thing I can recommend is contacting Ricoh support and checking if they have a beta 64bit driver which you could try. Or an alternate drive which works on the pro C900. Otherwise the only workaround I can think of is a bit of a pain.

You would have to setup a virtual windows session using for example Oracle Virtual PC box (Very good tool) and install a 32bit Server version on it with minimal ram assigned to it (Assign only what you require, as it will reserve the amount of RAM, possibly slowing down the physical box a bit.

I had to do the same for a small business who could not afford to buy more Hardware. So I bought more RAM instead, and used that solution (For some 16bit program with 16bit print drivers) Working like a charm for them :) Though not extremely professional as a solution perhaps.
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