On a whim I checked today for my long awaited driver. Voilà.
They had both a 32- and 64-bit driver for Windows 7. About time. They had said that they would have one in November and true to their word they had one with at least five days to spare.
It was v. 7.01 (which is kind of cute given the Windows 7 tie-in). It was, as is always the case with drivers for HP LaserJets, a BIG download … 163.74MB. That is a big for a printer driver.
Downloaded and installed it.
They have SIMPLIFIED the process. THANK YOU.
It is now basically a plug-and-play set-up. Start up the install, plug in the printer.
In total took about 3 minutes.
The USB install was a two step process. Windows 7 first recognized and configured a generic USB port. Then the driver was installed against that port.
It was smooth. It worked. I plugged the HP P1006 into one of the back, USB ports where I had, unsuccessfully, tried my USB hubs yesterday. Per my contention yesterday, my USB ports seem to be fine. Printer was recognized and installed without a hitch.
Tried a duplex [i.e., manual, double sided] print. Worked. But one ANNOYING glitch.
With duplex printing … a TASK is started up … to enable you to reload and restart the printer. That task appears on the TASK BAR … as it should. HP dis NOT create an ICON for that. So an UGLY generic icon appears on my VERY TIDY task bar RUINING its complexion. Damn YOU HP.
Yes, I am selling my HP stock. But, as I mentioned in my November 16 post, not selling it in anger. So I had sold a December $49 call. Though the stock is still flirting with $50, I am making money on the option. So I am laughing. I do not like HP. It is a poorly run company.
But, at least I am happy, a month after my Windows 7 rig was up I finally have a printer attached to it.