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Installing Drivers
Installing Drivers
Most drivers listed must be installed by using the .inf file. After downloading the file, proceed to the Printer Directory and click "Add New Printer." Select "Local" and browse to locate the file you saved.

In some cases you will find that the Windows drivers found here are "self-extracting" (.exe) archives. Click the desired file. When prompted, we recommend setting the destination to your desktop. Create a new folder and move the archive into it. Click the file, it will then extract the software and related files inside of your new folder automatically. Alternately you may extract or move these files to a floppy disk. Please note that these files will only self-extract if executed from a Windows OS.

After extracting the files to a disk or a special directory, you should look for the installation program which is usually called "setup.exe" or "install.exe", click it to begin installation. If neither of these files are present, you should look for a text file containing special instructions called "Readme.txt" or something similar.

Occasionally there is no installation program and drivers must be installed via the Windows "Add Printer" function. Instructions for installing printers can be found in the Windows help files.

Macintosh archives are also self-extracting archives. These files should be downloaded and then executed. The installer will be present on the desktop when done. Click the installer and follow the instructions to install.

Types of Printer Drivers:

  • PCL5e Driver - Technically, the PCL5e has been superceded by PCL6, however, this driver is still available because the layout of some documents may be altered if they were originally created for a PCL5 compliant printer, but are printed using PCL6.
  • PCL6 Driver - PCL6 is a general purpose text and graphics driver. Ideal for Spreadsheets, Word Processing and Database printouts. It features superior graphics handling and although graphically better than the PCL5e driver, it's speed is typically slower.
  • PS3 Driver - The Adobe Postscript driver is superior to all, but it requires a Postscript compatable printer and can be a little more complex to install.
  • IPDL-C Driver - This is a color printer driver designed specifically for optimal perfomance under Windows.
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