On tech support with HP we went through several steps. We tried diagnostics options, we tried setting the printer up with an alternate driver- hp c990, and finally, after about two hours of these, he told me he would send me an email concerning a "level 3 uninstall" procedure and dropped me. I never received an email, so I tried uninstalling everything hp related to the best of my ability, rebooting and reinstalling, as I had done several times already. This time, I first tried the vista 64-bit drivers from hp's website for this printer. Both the full and basic drivers failed midway through saying, "requested file could not be found" and producing a log report listed in code. Then it reverses the installation. Anyways, reinstalling with the CD brought me back to square one.
I am not sure if the problem is in HP's software, or in Vista's but I am at my wits end, here, so if anyone knows how to get this printer working on 64-bit vista, I would much appreciate it.
FULL TEXT OF ERROR MESSAGE: The following lines of were retrieved from the installation error logs. Now Launching=X:\hpqbhp01.exe -* "X:\autorun.inf" -nosplash -checkPath -I XXX -f "X:\hpoins29.dat" -Validate No dat" Validate No LaunchApp("X:\hpqbhp01.exe" -* "X:\autorun.inf" -nosplash -checkPath -I XXX -f "X:\hpoins29.dat" -Validate No dat" -Validate No Exit code=2