Trying to add HP Deskjet 5650 printer to network


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I've finally got around to setting up my home network. I have the HP Deskjet 5650 printer directly connected to my VAIO notebook which and the VAIO is also directly connected to the wireless router. I am running Vista Home Premium 64 bit on the the notebook. The printer works fine connected to this computer and in the past has worked fine when connected directly to the following two computers.

The other two computers on the network are running XP SP2.

When I try and add the network printer to either on the XP SP2 computers I get the message:

The server for the "HP Deskjet series (HPA)' printer does not have the correct printer driver installed. If you want to search for the proper driver click OK. Other , cancel and contact Administrator or manufacturer.

I have the original software that came with the 5650 but the correct driver cannot be found on the desk.

Does anyone know how I can get the two satellite computers to recognize the printer or where I can find the driver?

Thanks in advance!

My Computer


Hi, I think your problem is that HP provides drivers for deskjet 5600 series only up to XP OS. If you want to have this printer to work with Vista, your only possibility is to use a very rudimentary driver which is part of Vista. This basic driver works, OK, but you lose a lot of the nice functions/buttons which you find in the XP driver, double side printing etc etc. You say you have used this printer connected directly the XP machines, I guess you have noticed the difference between available functions in the XP driver and Vista driver? Why not connect your printer to one of the XP machines? That will work fine, I have tested it. Printing from Vista will of course only give you the basic functions, but if or when you would like to do a more sophisticated printing, just do that with the XP machine. The 5600 is a very good printer. Hope this will be to some help.

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Compaq 6715b Notebook
    AMD Turion 2 Cores 64x2 Mobile TL-60 2 GHz
    Hewlett-Packard Model 30C2 Version: KBC Version 71.21
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon Xpress 1270
    Sound Card
    SoundMAX Integrated Digital HD Audio
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x 1050 pix
    Hard Drives
    Hitachi 150 GB
    Internet Speed
    14.000 kbps