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HP 5Si and Windows 7 x64 woes

We've been trying to make an old HP LaserJet 5Si work until it completely turns to dust, and I finally ran into a situation with it that may have no resolution, but I wanted to ask about it here before completely giving up.

Environment: Server 2003, Windows 7 x86 and x64, Windows XP

We have the 5Si installed on our 2k3 print server and it still manages to work for almost everyone, but a new laptop that just got thrown in the mix has potentially brought the reign of this old beast to its end. It's a 64-bit Windows 7 Pro laptop and no matter what we do we can't get it to print to the 5Si. To my understanding there just aren't 64-bit drivers for it. I've tried setting it up several ways, as a local printer and as a network printer, specifying the drivers for it, starting the install with Windows Update and then finishing it manually, sharing it from another computer, and trying to force it to use the x86 drivers.

Is there anything else to try that I've missed? Are there third party drivers jury-rigged to make it work in this situation? Something totally wacky and different?

Thanks for any help you can provide!
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Joseph DalyCommented:
Have you tried the universal print driver yet?
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Joseph DalyCommented:
Id suggest trying the universal print driver PCL 5 and see if that works.
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BGD302Author Commented:
Yup that was the first thing we tried because we couldn't find a specific driver for it. No luck.
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nobusCommented:
and if you use the windows driver update>>additional updates, - does it list a driver for it?
here is what Hp says :
You do not need to download drivers for this product. Print drivers for your product are available within the Windows 7 operating system. Use Devices and Printers, formerly known as the Add Printer Wizard, to obtain the Windows 7 update. For more information,  go to Install the Printer Driver through the Windows 7 Operating System
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DansDadUKCommented:
My Windows 7 Professional 64-bit system has several drivers available (listed in the Add Printers dialogue):
HP LaserJet 5Si
HP LaserJet 5Si Mopier
HP LaserJet 5Si Mopier PS
HP LaserJet 5Si MX
HP LaserJet 5Si MX PS

They may only have appeared (some time ago) after repopulating the list via the Windows Update button in that dialogue.
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BGD302Author Commented:
DansDadUK: Mine is identical to that list. We tried every single one of those (even though the model is definitely the base 5Si)

nobus: I have tried several variations on the process HP said there, including the one where you start with the HP Universal driver installation, then quit halfway (basically just after it has extracted all the drivers) and finish with the Windows Add Printer utility, manually picking the driver from the HP pool.
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nobusCommented:
well - you need to have the same printer name, and driver on both- server and laptop
i have had a similar case where it did not work out either, with a 5850 printer on x64 and xp
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BGD302Author Commented:
Turns out the share name didn't match the physical name. Renamed it on the print server to match the share name, made sure the laptop had the exact share name specified, and voila. Never had that cause a problem before so I would not have suspected it. Thanks!
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nobusCommented:
and thank you for feedback!
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