Problem installing additional drivers for GP deployed printer...
Posted on 2011-09-12
I am trying to install an x86 print driver for a Ricoh Aficio MP 2550 on my Windows Server 2008 R2 print server. I already installed the printer on the server and deployed it using GP. The print driver is universal and should work on all Windows OSs, XP through 7. I have verified that it is working on both a 32 and 64-bit Windows 7 machine, but so far I have not gotten this working on XP x86. The fact that this was working on the Windows 7 x86 machine made me think I wasn't going to need the x86 driver, but considering its XP, I might. The x86 and x64 INF files are held in the same location on the print server, but when I tried to add the additional driver, I get an error stating "The selected driver must be installed remotely from an x86 computer using Type 3 (User mode) drivers.". I then copied the driver files to a remote XP x86 PC and tried to install from there, but received the same error. After some initial problems, I found that deploying printers through GP inherently only works on Windows 7 and Server 2008. Then I found the pushprinterconnections.exe file and added that to the startup script to get XP to recognize the added printer. So, the printer shows up on my XP machines, but when I try to open up Properties, I get a message stating "Printer properties cannot be displayed. Windows cannot locate a suitable printer driver. Contact your administrator for help locating and installing a suitable driver.". I know there is a lot of information to digest here, but can someone help me out with this?