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Where to find Sharp AR-405 printer driver compatible with Windows 7 x64 and Windows Server 2008 R2 x64

I want to install the driver on Windows Server 2008 R2 and then deploy the printer to all my Windows 7 x64 workstations.  I have already done this with the driver that is supposedly for XP but it doesn't seem to work.  Are there any newer or alternate drivers for x64?
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Jackie ManCommented:
Is it a network printer? How does it connect to the network?

Although it is very unlikely to find a driver as your printer is pretty old, do you have time to spend for making it work. Testing is very time consuming.

My workaround is based on the link below.

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2189469?start=0&tstart=0
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Ernie BeekCommented:
Afaik, there are no such drivers. The most 'recent' drivers are from 2007 for w2k/XP. So no support for the more recent and x64 OS'es.
You could try to get it working with a generic driver....
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gheistCommented:
Use internet explorer to go to http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/
Install activex control and type sharp AR 405 in search box
Choose first and last driver X86 and X64
View basket - download

since drivers are win7/2008 if you are willing to support XP you need PCL5e driver for XP in addition - extract exe to directory and add driver to shared printer definition.
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gheistCommented:
PCL5 driver from Sharp site (i have no idea but my sharp site always goes to local site which is in dutch and probably will not help you much)
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matt1237Author Commented:
gheist wrote: ...extract exe to directory and add driver to shared printer definition.
I downloaded the two zip files you recommended from http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/.  Do I not need to add x86 drivers since all my desktops/laptops are x64?

jakieman wrote: Is it a network printer? How does it connect to the network?
The local network and I've assigned a static IP on the printer.  
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gheistCommented:
Just add printer using driver for 64bit zip file
32bit driver is of use for netbooks etc (maybe you get such one day - you will never know)
32bit driver is NOT used by 32bit apps running on 64bit system
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jrtecCommented:
If that machine supports PCL I would sugest trying a x64 driver from another manufacturer like HP. Maybe chosing from the HP PCL drivers already included with the windows operating system.
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gheistCommented:
Microsoft HCL provides signed PCL5 driver. No alternate approach needed.
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Jackie ManCommented:
In windows 7, try the following:-

1. In Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Devices and Printers, click add a printer -> add a network, wireless, bluetooth printer

2. Click Stop, and click The printer that I want isn't listed

3. Select Add a printer using a TCP/IP address or hostname and click Next

4. Enter the assigned static IP for your printer and follow on-sreen instruction.

5. Manually supply the PCL5 x64 driver as mentioned in other experts.

6. When the printer driver for Sharp AR-405 is shown inside Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Devices and Printers, right click your printer and select Printer properties, in the Ports tab, the  port of Static ip address should be highlighted and click Configure port, the protocol should be raw and change the Port Number under Raw Settings to 10001.

7. Try to do a test print.
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matt1237Author Commented:
It's working!  The only thing that I did differently was change the port to 10001.  What made you think to have me manually set a port like that?
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Jackie ManCommented:
Have you read my first comment of ID: 35744911?

.... My workaround is based on the link below.

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2189469?start=0&tstart=0

I have googled it for half an hour to find the above link.
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matt1237Author Commented:
I scanned it, but wasn't convinced and decided in my infinite wisdom not to try it.  So thank you for reiterating it.
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Jackie ManCommented:
You are welcome.

IT (or Information Technology) is a matter of trial and error after all until a solution is found.
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matt1237Author Commented:
Isn't that the truth.  That's why I chose not to be an IT professional.  I've done it in the past but enjoy coding more since it's *sometimes* a more controlled environment.
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