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elkhartjim

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Wireless network
« on: March 11, 2008, 12:14:39 AM »
Just bought new hp laptop with Vista.  It was working with my network printer ( not hard wired)for a while now when I print something the printer prints "Unsupported Personality: PCL".  Any advice? 
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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2008, 12:49:57 AM »
Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling the printer driver?

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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2008, 07:48:04 AM »
Vista's printer support is ... Marginal at best,  Many older printers are not supported at all (or at least not yet) They shipped Vista at least six months (More like  a year) before they should have and this is one of the areas where they needed to make serious improvements

PCL is "Printer Control Language"

Is that printer an HP?   Try the oldest HP driver VISTA has if it is.  Alas, a new printer may be the only other option or an upgrade to an older more stable operating system as the spin doctor says on the TV spot.
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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2008, 08:01:50 AM »
Are you using a Laserjet 1012 or similar? If so, a Google search will turn up LOTS of people having the same problem, but HP has yet to come out with a solution. One possible solution was to use the PCL5e driver instead of the newer PCL6 driver.
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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2008, 08:05:09 AM »
Are you getting the error from all programs when printing or just some, or just one?  What is the printer make and model?

Do as Jeff suggests, uninstall and reinstall the driver for that specific printer.  Do not try a driver for any other printer model as drivers are model specific, even for the same manufacturer, unless recommended by the manufacturer.  If it was working before, it should work again.
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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2008, 08:18:11 AM »
Another temporary fix was to power down the printer every so often, which clears out the buffer and supposedly lets it work again for another period of time before quiting again. A search of Microsoft Vista Hardware Compatibility HERE will show which devices are certified for Vista. The 1012 is not listed.
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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2008, 08:28:24 AM »
Another temporary fix was to power down the printer every so often, which clears out the buffer and supposedly lets it work again for another period of time before quiting again. A search of Microsoft Vista Hardware Compatibility HERE will show which devices are certified for Vista. The 1012 is not listed.

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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2008, 08:30:26 AM »
Bernie,
I ran into that problem too. Suppose they're trying to tell us something? ::)
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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2008, 08:43:21 AM »
The link works for me on FF, and I didn't need to use IE Tab either.
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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2008, 08:57:10 AM »
Works here in a FF tab too. I wonder why it behaves differently for some folks  ???
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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2008, 09:00:48 AM »
Guys, the first page comes up in FF, but try going to the Hardware Compatibility List (fourth option).
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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2008, 09:04:11 AM »
"We apologize for the inconvenience"

You think they really mean that  ???  This is Microsoft up to their old tricks again, trying to squeeze everyone else off the browser scene.
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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2008, 09:17:33 AM »
Works with IE Tab, however.
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elkhartjim

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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2008, 09:21:13 AM »
Thks for all the advice.  It is a HP Laserjet 1012.  What makes no sense at all is it worked for a while and then not.  Damn Microsft.
I'll let uyou know how it come out.  Can't work on it till later.
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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2008, 09:22:24 AM »
Guys, the first page comes up in FF, but try going to the Hardware Compatibility List (fourth option).

Thanks Karl, that was where MS blocked me also, and I do use IE Tabs. Retried in IE and it worked OK.
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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2008, 09:30:56 AM »
Jim,
That's exactly what everybody is saying: "Works for a while and then quits."
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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2008, 10:30:41 AM »
Ya gotta love computers.  Turned the printer off and now it works...don't know for how long.  Double damn Microsoft.  Thanks for all the help.
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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2008, 11:45:06 AM »
Ya gotta love computers.  Turned the printer off and now it works...don't know for how long.  Double damn Microsoft.  Thanks for all the help.

Jim

How do you get the printer to work when it is turned off ;D ;D ;D
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elkhartjim

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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2008, 12:14:06 PM »
Its Microsoft magic silly.
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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2008, 01:54:24 PM »
Often, if Windows has lost track of the driver, toggling the printer power will cause Windows to sense the printer as new hardware and automatically reinstall the drivers.  This is a common technique to restore missing or non-performing hardware on Windows, typically USB devices like WiFi adapters.
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Re: Wireless network
« Reply #20 on: March 12, 2008, 06:30:46 PM »
Thanks guys, its still working...and thanks ned for the word toggle.  Thats easier to say than turn on off.
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