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Any way to make Laserjet 3200 work with Windows 7?

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January 14, 2009 10:05:32 AM

I have a trusty dusty HP Laserjet 3200. There are no W7 drivers for this model yet and the Vista 64 drivers don't work and can't be installed in compatibility mode.

Are there any other drivers out there that will work with the Laserjet 3200 and W7 and give me basic functionality or am I just SOL until HP releases some drivers? P.S., If I sound clueless about how print drivers work, it is because I am.
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January 14, 2009 11:40:13 AM

As that model is something like 8 years old and not being sold any more, I highly doubt HP (or anyone else, for that matter) will write new drivers for it. IMHO, you are SOL.
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January 14, 2009 11:52:30 AM

Yeah Scott, I was afraid of that. The good news is that new printers are amazingly cheap, but I do like that one as it has always been trusty.
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January 14, 2009 8:54:22 PM

Microsoft does have an official Windows 7 Beta Support Forum located here http://tinyurl.com/9fhdl5 . It is supported by product specialists as well as engineers and support teams. You may want to post your question there.
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January 16, 2009 10:08:23 PM

Yes, I helped you remember the last topic you created just a few days ago on the exact same question. When you retardedly start multiple topics on the same question, you apparently need assistance keeping tabs on them.
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January 21, 2009 1:15:43 PM

Attention Moderators:

You delete my message in response to the abusive tcsenter and yet allow his comment calling me "retarded" to remain?

Are you kidding me? This abuser is allowed to flame me at will and I am not permitted to respond?

Wow, just wow. Very poor job of moderation.
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January 21, 2009 1:47:10 PM

If you still have access to a vista machine, you could install the drivers there. Make sure you pay attention to where it extracts the files. copy the extracted files over to a flash drive then use the device manager in win7 to install the printer.
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January 21, 2009 2:17:17 PM

Psy,

Thanks. I considered that but it seems no matter what I try, Windows 7 just doesn't want to work with my Laserjet 3200. Understandable in a way, because it is an older printer, however, W7 DOES support HP printers older than this. They just seem to have left out the 3200 series (very common printer) for some reason know only to M$ & HP.
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January 21, 2009 2:51:01 PM

Ok, figured it out.

Downloaded the latest PCL 6 Universal Print Driver from HP for the 3200. Then I set it up as a USB Printer instead of a COM printer and it worked like a charm.
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August 17, 2009 7:24:05 PM

I was able to get it to work by downlaoding the PCL 6 driver for windows xp. It seems to work fine so far.
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September 11, 2009 2:40:34 PM

I too have a trusty, dusty laserjet 3200. Was anyone able to get this installed with windows 7 64 bit or just 32? TIA
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September 11, 2009 3:02:11 PM

Read Mitchell's post, two above yours.
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September 11, 2009 4:53:33 PM

Installed latest PCL 6 Universal Print Driver from HP for the 3200. There is not an option for USB on either the existing port or when choosing to Create a new port.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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September 11, 2009 6:36:28 PM

I was able to add the 3200 on Windows 7 from the driver mentioned above but only if connected locally. Then was able to share to another Windows 7 machine.

I was not able to add the printer via network from my Windows Home Server. So now I'm the shared host instead of my Home Server.

Thanks
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January 31, 2010 6:45:12 AM

Why not use the Laserjet 3200 driver supplied with Windows 7? (You might have to do a "Windows Update" from the "Add printer" dialog to get it.)
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January 31, 2010 7:44:28 AM

I don't think there is any such driver with the Windows 7. When I tried to insert my original CD to install - it comes up with a message: Severe Error!
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January 31, 2010 7:58:28 AM

There are three Laserjet 3200 drivers supplied by Windows Update - PCL5, PCL6, and PS.
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August 8, 2010 12:30:39 PM

I have been struggling with this since we (in my house) bought new laptops. I just can't understand why Microsoft produces an OS which doesn't work with existing hardware.

I've got Linux on my machine and have been able to get the printer to work, very easily, over a network using the standard PPD file. It seems bizarre that HP, which ships its PCs with Windows pre-installed, and Microsoft can't work this out.

I know printers are cheap - but why should I fork out money when the current hardware works? And how does chucking out a perfectly serviceable machine help with environmental sustainability?
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August 8, 2010 12:46:13 PM

What happens when you use the driver built in to Windows 7? Do you get any error messages?
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January 1, 2011 4:14:52 PM

Thank you, ijack. This is my first post and I too am trying to network print over to my trusty HP Laserjet 3200 with my new windows 7 laptop. But I can't seem to find the Windows Update in the Add Printer Dialogue that you mentioned. Also, I did a windows update and the only change was something about malicious software removal. Thank you for any help...
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January 1, 2011 5:39:57 PM

It's on the "Install Printer Driver" page. Go through the installation of a Local printer, and when you get to the driver selection page press the "Windows Update" button. It will add a number of new printer drivers.
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January 1, 2011 7:57:28 PM

Thank you so much for your quick response.

I tried the Windows Update idea but found only a short list of Deskjet and Photosmart series drivers available. However, selecting Have Disk, I was able to install one of the three printer drivers available with Windows 7. Dont' know if it works as I don't have a parallel port on my new laptop. My desperate need is to print to the shared HP Laserjet 3200 over the Linksys Network which I believe requires a network/wireless install.

Previously, I tried to install the new driver which I downloaded from HP, but received an error message: Windows Can't Open Install Printer Driver. Perhaps you have another idea?

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January 2, 2011 7:53:52 AM

On the screen where you select the port you need to select "Create a new port", rather than selecting the parallel port. Make the new port a "Standard TCP/IP Port" and enter the IP address of your networked printer. For the Port try leaving it blank, or if that doesn't work try 9100.
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September 11, 2011 12:24:43 AM

"Add a printer" solution worked for me

Add a printer --> Local --> (Port showed printer name) --> HP --> Laserjet 3200 PCL6

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June 26, 2012 11:22:51 PM

3200 Laserjet disk failed in Win 7 install. Used Laserjet 4100 PCL6 driver straight out of Win 7 driver list and named printer Laserjet 3200. Worked great and easy. Printer is networked via HP printer Ethernet networking hub; but see no reason why it should not work in any set up. :bounce: 
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March 20, 2013 7:02:36 PM

Jimbob1623 said:
3200 Laserjet disk failed in Win 7 install. Used Laserjet 4100 PCL6 driver straight out of Win 7 driver list and named printer Laserjet 3200. Worked great and easy. Printer is networked via HP printer Ethernet networking hub; but see no reason why it should not work in any set up. :bounce: 


I spent days trying to get my HP 3200 to print on Windows 7. I kept trying to do what people have been posting here and on the Lost Circuits forums. My initial problem was the HP 3200 was not showing up as an option after I tried to Add Printer. For awhile, the only option for existing ports were COM, LPT, and USBvirtual. On later attempts, the options for USB did not show up. However, my other printers showed up (CutePDF, Canon MX310, BullZip, etc) AND this:

DOT4_001 (HP LaserJet 3200 Printer)

I chose that as my port and chose (without changing the name) HP LASERJET 4100 SERIES PCL6.

I have been able to print out a test page.
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