Updated (04/12/2012): To include information about how to get the 450c to work with Windows 8 after a conversation with @AlbanyDriver on twitter. I also think this technqiue will probably work for Windows 8 as well.
Updated (08/May/2010): this post was partially rewritten to clarify which file you should download.
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Okay this is a quick one, if you have a HP DesignJet 500 without that HPGL2 card and want to upgrade to Windows 7 (or 8) or have done so and can’t seem to get it to work, try the following.
We use our HP DesignJet for all things GIS and AutoCAD so it’s important we have this working!
You may have noticed that HP only has Windows 7 drivers for the DJ500 with the HPGL2 card in the driver package called either:
- HP Designjet 500, 510, and 800 HP-GL/2 and HP RTL 32-bit Driver or
- HP Designjet 500, 510, and 800 HP-GL/2 and HP RTL 64-bit Driver
So don’t download those drivers, make sure you download the drivers from Vista equivalent (in my case Vista 32bit). This file is called either:
- HP DesignJet 500 PCL3GUI 32-bit Driver or
- DesignJet 500 PCL3GUI 64-bit Driver
Add your printer in the usual way in Windows 7, (if you are adding it over the network you may want to look at my previous post).
After the install it will ask if you want to Print a Test Page, it was here that I was getting an error message (about the HP driver not being able to connect to the printer) and just assumed it wasn’t working. If you get an error message and no test page try this:
- Select the printer in the printer browser, and view the printer properties.
- On the page with the print test page button there is another button next to it called printing preferences, click on this and it should bring up a dialog box stating that the printer is now connected.
- Now try to print that test page.
Okay so I don’t know why I couldn’t print the test page straight off but accessing the designjets plotter preferences did help.
Again if this post is not clear, or you require any help, just let me know.
Have you got an HP 450C and want it to work with Windows 8 (32bit)? @AlbanyDriver got in contact and asked me if I could help, after some searching on forums about making it work on Windows 7, I suggested he used the Windows XP 32bit drivers which seemed to work!
Updated Link Added for my previous post adding printers over a network: http://geoplanit.blogspot.com/2010/01/very-slow-printer-dialog-boxes-in.html