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How do I tell if my printer has PCL 5 or 6 or Ghostcript Driver?

  1. #1


    broccolibeef Guest

    How do I tell if my printer has PCL 5 or 6 or Ghostcript Driver?

    I have an HP Laserjet 1018 printer. Currently, HP does not have a Vista
    driver for it as yet. It promises that it will release it in the future. In
    the meantime, HP says that if its printers use PCL 5 or 6 or Ghostscript
    drivers, their XP drivers can be used in Vista. So, how do I tell if my
    printer--HP Laserjet 1018--has PCI 5 or 6 or Ghostscript driver?

    Through the info on the test page?

    I did a test page on my printer. However, nowhere do I see "PCL"!

    I am currently dual booting XP and Vista. The printer is working for me
    perfectly under XP. Would like to see if it is possible to find a way to
    make it work under Vista as well.

    Would appreciate those in the know dropping a clue on how or if possible to
    make the printer function under Vista!

    Thanks!

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  2. #2


    DevilsPGD Guest

    Re: How do I tell if my printer has PCL 5 or 6 or Ghostcript Driver?

    In message <7F82A7A6-E61B-457D-9742-B100B2D223FD@microsoft.com>
    broccolibeef <broccolibeef@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >I have an HP Laserjet 1018 printer. Currently, HP does not have a Vista
    >driver for it as yet. It promises that it will release it in the future. In
    >the meantime, HP says that if its printers use PCL 5 or 6 or Ghostscript
    >drivers, their XP drivers can be used in Vista. So, how do I tell if my
    >printer--HP Laserjet 1018--has PCI 5 or 6 or Ghostscript driver?


    I spent about 15 minutes looking for that one, I can't find anything
    about PCL support, or anything about postscript support.
    --
    Insert something clever here.

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  3. #3


    Alan Morris [MSFT] Guest

    Re: How do I tell if my printer has PCL 5 or 6 or Ghostcript Driver?

    If this device is "host-based", you'll have to wait for a driver. Read the
    manual, there may be info there.

    --
    Alan Morris
    Windows Printing Team
    Search the Microsoft Knowledge Base here:
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;[ln];kbhowto

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    "DevilsPGD" <spam_narf_spam@crazyhat.net> wrote in message
    news:1ggau2hlj8bir4n8d493rj812gvnahjfrl@4ax.com...
    > In message <7F82A7A6-E61B-457D-9742-B100B2D223FD@microsoft.com>
    > broccolibeef <broccolibeef@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    >>I have an HP Laserjet 1018 printer. Currently, HP does not have a Vista
    >>driver for it as yet. It promises that it will release it in the future.
    >>In
    >>the meantime, HP says that if its printers use PCL 5 or 6 or Ghostscript
    >>drivers, their XP drivers can be used in Vista. So, how do I tell if my
    >>printer--HP Laserjet 1018--has PCI 5 or 6 or Ghostscript driver?

    >
    > I spent about 15 minutes looking for that one, I can't find anything
    > about PCL support, or anything about postscript support.
    > --
    > Insert something clever here.




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  4. #4


    sidi Guest

    RE: How do I tell if my printer has PCL 5 or 6 or Ghostcript Driver?

    Please see the link below:
    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...=42893&lang=en

    In the comparison they say it is pcl 5e compatible.
    I don't see any PS support.

    "broccolibeef" wrote:

    > I have an HP Laserjet 1018 printer. Currently, HP does not have a Vista
    > driver for it as yet. It promises that it will release it in the future. In
    > the meantime, HP says that if its printers use PCL 5 or 6 or Ghostscript
    > drivers, their XP drivers can be used in Vista. So, how do I tell if my
    > printer--HP Laserjet 1018--has PCI 5 or 6 or Ghostscript driver?
    >
    > Through the info on the test page?
    >
    > I did a test page on my printer. However, nowhere do I see "PCL"!
    >
    > I am currently dual booting XP and Vista. The printer is working for me
    > perfectly under XP. Would like to see if it is possible to find a way to
    > make it work under Vista as well.
    >
    > Would appreciate those in the know dropping a clue on how or if possible to
    > make the printer function under Vista!
    >
    > Thanks!


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    broccolibeef Guest

    RE: How do I tell if my printer has PCL 5 or 6 or Ghostcript Drive

    Thanks for digging up the info! I did a search on Google as well. One place
    told me that I could do a print to file and then the first line of the print
    to file will tell me the language in which the printer works.

    However, I get this from the print to file: JZJZ 4 JZJZ

    Did a search on Google on this, no sensible result turned up!

    As you can see, I am constantly referring to Google here so as to satisfy my
    enemies' carping about me--that I do not know how to Google!

    I am taking my enemies seriously, in other words.

    Might go ahead and test the XP driver for 1018 under Vista to see if it will
    work.

    Will creat a restore point, of course. So if the worst comes, will restore
    the system to an earlier point.

    Thanks again for the reply!



    "sidi" wrote:

    > Please see the link below:
    > http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...=42893&lang=en
    >
    > In the comparison they say it is pcl 5e compatible.
    > I don't see any PS support.
    >
    > "broccolibeef" wrote:
    >
    > > I have an HP Laserjet 1018 printer. Currently, HP does not have a Vista
    > > driver for it as yet. It promises that it will release it in the future. In
    > > the meantime, HP says that if its printers use PCL 5 or 6 or Ghostscript
    > > drivers, their XP drivers can be used in Vista. So, how do I tell if my
    > > printer--HP Laserjet 1018--has PCI 5 or 6 or Ghostscript driver?
    > >
    > > Through the info on the test page?
    > >
    > > I did a test page on my printer. However, nowhere do I see "PCL"!
    > >
    > > I am currently dual booting XP and Vista. The printer is working for me
    > > perfectly under XP. Would like to see if it is possible to find a way to
    > > make it work under Vista as well.
    > >
    > > Would appreciate those in the know dropping a clue on how or if possible to
    > > make the printer function under Vista!
    > >
    > > Thanks!


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  6. #6


    broccolibeef Guest

    RE: How do I tell if my printer has PCL 5 or 6 or Ghostcript Drive

    Thanks to the info that Alan and Sidi provided, I have managed to have HP
    Laserjet 1018 work successfully under Vista(32 bit, Ultimate) with the
    printer’s XP driver! With some trouble, of course, as you can see below.
    Here is what I did, and I list them here for your reference:
    1. Download the plug and play XP driver for the printer—1018. I did NOT try
    the other, non plug-and-play driver, so I don’t know if it will work under
    Vista.
    2. Create a restore point in Vista. I guess you know the reason or purpose
    for this.
    3. Launch or double click the printer’s XP driver saved on some location of
    your HD.
    4. Installation stalls—or at least has lasted a long time—at the point of
    “new printer detected, please wait….” Prior to this, I had chosen the second
    or the middle option of “Do not show this message again until I restart or
    log on the next time” in the window of “New Hardware Detected.” Don’t know
    if this choice had anything to do with the long wait—about 3 minutes—at the
    point of “new printer detected, please wait…”

    Tired of the long wait, I finally hit on the Cancel button. My heart was
    heavy, believe me, knowing that it was not going to work!

    But Vista then asked me whether I would like to reinstall the driver or not.
    Thinking that I’ve got nothing to lose, I said yes. So Vista started to
    reinstall the printer’s XP driver! And this time, it successfully installed!
    5. Rebooting the machine.
    6. Upon rebooting the machine, in the system tray area, appeared the icon of
    installing driver for new devices. A short moment later, it disappeared. So
    I guess it had finished installing the driver for the printer.
    7. Going into the Printer folder or tab in Control Panel to print a test
    page. The first time I hit the button of printing test page, the printer
    made some sound or noise, but no sound came out! Once again, my heart was
    heavy! I thought: all this trouble, still a failure! However, the second
    time I hit the print test page button, a test page came out, and perfectly!
    Wanting to be sure that the printer’s XP driver can indeed work under Vista
    for the printer, I hit the print test page for the third time, and a page
    came out of the printer, perfectly as well, as perfectly as the test page
    under XP!

    Still wanting to be sure that the XP driver can work under Vista for this
    printer, I further printed some documents—documents ranging from 5 to 10
    pages, my 2006 Tax Return, to be exact! And lo and behold: they came out
    perfectly as well!!!!

    8. Conclusion: the XP driver (plug and play version, not sure about the
    other version, as I did not try that version) works for this printer(1018)
    under Vista (32 bit). It might give you some trouble, which you can see from
    my above description, but if you really know computers, maybe you could avoid
    the trouble that I have described above.
    I thank, once again, the info that Alan and Sidi have provided. Without the
    info they have provided, I probably would have felt less inclined to try the
    XP driver for the printer under Vista—because I do not want to mess up my
    newly setup Vista system!
    I love internet!

    Note: I did NOT do any testing on the advanced features of printing:
    double-sided printing, for instance, so I don't know if they are available
    under Vista with the printer's XP driver.


    "broccolibeef" wrote:

    > Thanks for digging up the info! I did a search on Google as well. One place
    > told me that I could do a print to file and then the first line of the print
    > to file will tell me the language in which the printer works.
    >
    > However, I get this from the print to file: JZJZ 4 JZJZ
    >
    > Did a search on Google on this, no sensible result turned up!
    >
    > As you can see, I am constantly referring to Google here so as to satisfy my
    > enemies' carping about me--that I do not know how to Google!
    >
    > I am taking my enemies seriously, in other words.
    >
    > Might go ahead and test the XP driver for 1018 under Vista to see if it will
    > work.
    >
    > Will creat a restore point, of course. So if the worst comes, will restore
    > the system to an earlier point.
    >
    > Thanks again for the reply!
    >
    >
    >
    > "sidi" wrote:
    >
    > > Please see the link below:
    > > http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...=42893&lang=en
    > >
    > > In the comparison they say it is pcl 5e compatible.
    > > I don't see any PS support.
    > >
    > > "broccolibeef" wrote:
    > >
    > > > I have an HP Laserjet 1018 printer. Currently, HP does not have a Vista
    > > > driver for it as yet. It promises that it will release it in the future. In
    > > > the meantime, HP says that if its printers use PCL 5 or 6 or Ghostscript
    > > > drivers, their XP drivers can be used in Vista. So, how do I tell if my
    > > > printer--HP Laserjet 1018--has PCI 5 or 6 or Ghostscript driver?
    > > >
    > > > Through the info on the test page?
    > > >
    > > > I did a test page on my printer. However, nowhere do I see "PCL"!
    > > >
    > > > I am currently dual booting XP and Vista. The printer is working for me
    > > > perfectly under XP. Would like to see if it is possible to find a way to
    > > > make it work under Vista as well.
    > > >
    > > > Would appreciate those in the know dropping a clue on how or if possible to
    > > > make the printer function under Vista!
    > > >
    > > > Thanks!


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