Why won't WnXP take our printer driver?

Hi Printer Gurus,

We had a Dell S2500 laser printer donated to our organization.  We connected it via USB to a Win7Pro x64 machine.  It works fine there with the default Windows driver.  We shared it on that machine and are trying to connect our Windows XP workstations to it.  WinXP prompts for a driver and we are trying to use the correct driver from Dell and it keeps saying it's not a suitable driver.  We also tried adding these drivers on the Windows 7 sharing options, Win7 won't take this x86 driver either.  Any help?

Here is the link the driver: (http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/driverslist.aspx?os=WW1&catid=-1&dateid=-1&impid=-1&osl=EN&typeid=-1&formatid=-1&servicetag=&SystemID=PRN_LSR_S2500&hidos=WLH&hidlang=en&TabIndex=&scanSupported=False&scanConsent=False)

Here is the link to Dell's instructions which is what we tried: http://support.euro.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/kcs/document?c=ee&cs=eebsdt1&l=en&s=bsd&docid=DSN_42AC647A0E7842DE937A0FFB808F8F59&isLegacy=true

Thanks
JsmplyAsked:
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X_layerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Ok then try this:

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Go to Start Menu ¿ Settings ¿ Printers and Faxes.

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Add a printer option in the Printers and Faxes folder.

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Click the Next button on the welcome screen of the Add Printer Wizard.

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Select local printer, clear the "Automatically detect and install My Plug and Play printer" check box and click the Next button.

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Select a LPT1 port from the drop-down menu, and click the Next button.

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Click "Have disk...", browse to your downloaded files and select correct INF file.

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Click on all following windows Next and on last click Finish.
Is printer installed sucessfully?
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X_layerCommented:
Before installing the driver, is suggest you open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features and delete the printer driver that is already installed.

Then, please install the downloaded driver. Most printer driver installation program will prompt that if you would like to install a local printer or a network shard printer. Then select the correct option and finish the installation.

If the driver installation program does not help in this, follow the steps below to add a shard printer.

1. Click Start, click Control Panel and double click Devices and Printers.
2. Click Add a Printer.
3. Select "Add a local printer".
4. Select "Create a new port". Choose "Local Port" as the type of the port.
5. In the box "Enter a port name", type the address as the following format.

\\[IP address of the host computer]\[The Share Name of the printer]

Then click Next.

6. Follow the instruction to finish the installation. During installing, choose the correct driver in the driver list.
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Thanks.  That's actually the process we followed but at step 6 after pointing it to the right driver, it comes back and says Windows can't find a suitable driver.  
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X_layerCommented:
And you have correct drivers? Did you try to install this printer local with drivers you've downloaded?
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Definitely the correct drivers, at least according to Dell's website.  

Haven't installed it locally with those drivers only because the only machine local to it is the Windows 7 machine that's hosting it and Dell doesn't provide a win7 driver for this printer (but the built in Win7 driver works) and the printer is a good physical distance from the xp machines.

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X_layerCommented:
I didn't mean that you connect printer locally, just try to install driver locally.
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Would you mind clarifying that?
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X_layerCommented:
I assume that driver that you've downloaded contain setup.exe. So I suggest that you run setup and install printer locally (e.g. on LPT1), just to verifiy that this driver package is indeed correct for WinXP.
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Thx. No setup though. Dell seems to only have the inf files here for xp.
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
You mean to try this from a workstation that its not physically connected too, correct?
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X_layerCommented:
Yes, exactly.
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Oh sorry, didn't realize there was no response.  It seems to take it fine that way.  Very bizare.  It ran fine on 2003 server for the longest time.
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
That's fine, however you'd like to divide the points is fine.  Ultimately though, we still are not able to get the printer working that's why no answer was accepted.

Thanks
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