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In Win 7 can't install printer driver

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by dmspen, May 12, 2012.

  1. dmspen

    dmspen Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Dec 1, 2006
    Los Gatos,...
    I have a Win 7 Home desktop. Have had it for a couple of years. I have an all-in-one HP C6380 printer/fax/scanner.
    It always has seemed to lose itself, i.e. become disconnected. Now I get error messages that say the driver is not installed. Device manager says it's not installed.

    I ran the HP Printer Wizard and it said the drivers were disabled. It tries to enable and then restarts the wizard without the driver getting enabled.

    I've downloaded the full driver and software suite several times and tried to install. If I try the 'connect with USB' it hangs after usb is connected as if it can't find the printer. When I try to use the wireless, it can't find the printer on the network. I can connect the printer to the network from the printer control screen easily. I get a message on the PC that TDP ports and a UDP port need to be unblocked. I opened those ports and only one was recognized as open by the printer install software.

    I've tried the generic 'add a printer' but the printer doesn't show up in the Windows driver list (even after update)

    What's stupid is that the printer shows up in my printer list!

    Anyone have thoughts for a remedy?
  2. tgater

    tgater Godfather

    Jul 24, 2007
    Did you check the HP site. Years ago you would have to run a registry scanner to remove any keys that the printer existed, then run the HP install setup before reconnecting the printer.
  3. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Is your version of Windows 7 64 bit? I notice there's a critical update for the printer specifically dealing with network connected printers disappearing.
  4. dmspen

    dmspen Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Dec 1, 2006
    Los Gatos,...
    Yes to all. I had previously installed the critical update from the HP site.

    I may try an uninstaller program like REVO and try to re-install.

    Last year the print head failed and I spent nearly 2 hours on the phone with HP (India) with a girl who didn't understand what she was reading off her script. I'm a bit of an intermediate expert on PCs and I still had to go through every bit of troubleshooting in her script even though the problem was fairly obvious.

    My HP Care Pack warranty is good until next March so I may try and call them again.

    However, based on everything I'm pretty much done with HP and their products. Too bad becuase I was an HP fanboy years ago.
  5. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    Try the REVO Uninstaller to uninstall the HP Printer Software/Drivers. Usually a clean install of the HP Printer Software has usually done the trick for me.

    - Merg
  6. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Make sure the printer isn't USB connected while installing the drivers until the installation instructions explicitly demand it. If it is connected, the system can't remove and replace the drivers as it may need to do.
  7. dmspen

    dmspen Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Dec 1, 2006
    Los Gatos,...
    Did. When the instructions say 'plug in the USB' I did. At that point, the software should recognize the printer is plugged in. However, the 'next' box stays grayed out. I suppose the USB port on the printer could be bad, but the wireless connect doesn't work either.

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