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I need help with a slow printer and Vista.


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Hello all,

I have this printer The lemark P6250 All in one. And I have Vista Home Premium. Ok here is my woe: I used this printer on a Pentium 3 400mhz windows 98SE computer and it worked fine. But when I installed the cd that came with the printer on my Vista computer it wouldn't work. The cd said it was compatible with XP so i figured it would work on Vista. So I uninstalled it and downloaded the Vista driver off here:driver. After I installed the Vista driver i tried to print something but it took about 10-15 min. for the printing status bar on the computer to even show up. And when it did finally start printing it printed extremly slow. The printer uses a USB connection (i think 1.0) but my computer has USB 2.0. And my keyboard uses a PS/2 connection but my mouse is USB but I have a PS/2 converter on it. I have unistalled the driver several times and tried again, same result. The original cd has a photoshop program on it with the driver. The Vista driver online is the barebone driver. I didn't have any other USB devices plugged into my computer when i tried.

I really don't want to buy a new printer as this one isn't that old.

Help me OBI geek your my only hope! :)
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You said the printer's USB is 1.0?! No wonder. USB 1.0 and 2.0 are not fully compatible with each other..

I think you should use a PS/2 cable, since you're using a desktop.

If the problem persists, you've gotta ask Lexmark why they ship new printers with old hardware...

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:) I dont have another PS/2 port on my computer. The mouse and keyboard take both up. hmmmmm......... maybe I could get a new USB 2.0 mouse and plug it into the USB port. And then use the USB to PS/2 converter to run the printer through the PS/2 mouse port? Can you run a printer through the PS/2 port? :)


Thanks for your answer by the way:)
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I forgot what port a printer usually uses.. It's not the PS/2 port... Argh.. wait.. OH!

I'm sorry for mentioning the wrong thing. I meant to use the parrellel port. Not the PS/2. Got confused for a bit. Sorry..

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I wondered about that. Something sounded kinda fishy. I dont have parrellel port...........

So I guess I should start shopping for a new printer...........

(mumble mutter mutter :) )

Oh well..........

Thanks for your help anyway! :)
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Shouldn't your motherboard have a parallel port? Also, I use a black and white laser printer (Brother HL-2040) which supports USB 2.0.. and it's quite old already... (think 1-2 years) Why doesn't yours have it?

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All i know is my computer doesn't have a parallel port. And Im not 100% sure if my printer is 1.0 or 2.0. I remembered someone saying something about it.............

For all I know it might be 2.0. I tried to redownload the driver to a folder on my desktop and got this message:

An unexpected error is preventing the operation. Make a note of this error code, Which might be useful if you get additional help to resolve this problem.

Error 0x8oo7o4C8: The requested operation cannot be performed on a file with a user-mapped section open.

After that I clicked retry and no problem. And then I shredded the folder and the driver and am redownloading now.

Will post again and tell what happened.
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Ok so I redownloaded the driver and it still does the same thing. It will print but it takes around 15-20 min. So I guess I'll just delete the driver and look for a new printer. Does anyone think it might be a setting somewhere?
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It's the driver problem. Lemme see.

Ok. I just found this out - try putting the driver in a folder, and pull the folder to the drivers section in your Windows (don't use Vista so I don't know)

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Where exactly is this driver folder? And I can't seem to get rid of the previous driver install. Could you give me a link to a good free driver begone app?
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It should be in %WINDIR%, which is C:\WINDOWS\Drivers for XP, but I don't know about Vista. I thought of changing to Vista but if it's just for enhanced graphics, I won't spend so much for a graphics upgrade... I could do a Vista theme for XP on my own..

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I thought of changing to Vista but if it's just for enhanced graphics, I won't spend so much for a graphics upgrade...


I have never owned xp. Upgraded from windows 98SE to Vista. So I have no idea how well XP run against Vista. And also when I download the Printer driver it is a install launcher.
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Oh yes and when I try to unistall the old printer driver I get this message: GUI Installer Error Error building item templates. Some GUI data missing on the XML file.

Do you think that could be an incomplete download?

Edited by Krusha, 14 December 2007 - 08:20 AM.

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Could be. Also, I researched it 'a bit', found that it may be caused also by running two instances of an installer.

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may be caused also by running two instances of an installer.


errrrrr. well how would I fix that?
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