I know somebody whose father recently died and is closing down his
late father's office. He has some extra computer equipment, and knows
that I commented that I wanted an All-in-one printer. He's offering me
an OfficeJet 5610. However, in order to make room for it, I'd have to
get rid of my existing printer. That is an HP DeskJet 812C.
I have two _functional_ windows computers in the computer room, one
running Windows 98SE, the other running Windows Vista 64-bit Home
Premium, with Windows XP Pro running under virtual pc from time to
Is there any way to hook the OJ5610 up to either computer and share it
so that both can use it? I'm sure that only the Vista computer would
be able to send faxes or do scanning, but that's not important so long
as I'm able to print from both computers with at least the same
capabilities offered by the old OfficeJet 812C. I haven't tried, as I
haven't taken possession of the printer, but I'd like to accept the
offer. However, if it means I have to give up printing on my old
computer, then I'm not sure I'm ready to accept.
The problem I see is a lack of Windows 98 drivers. Will I be able to
print to a Vista share? How would I set it up? Ideally I'd want to set
up two printers, one set for Black and white only, the other color.
Will I be able to do that with the new printer?
I'd like to know the answers to these questions before I start moving
equipment around rather than hook everything up, put the DeskJet 812C
in storage, and then get a nasty surprise in being unable to print.