HOWTO: PagePro 1350W on x64 Vista?
The last “issue” with x64 Vista has been getting my Konika Minolta PagePro 1350W laser printer to work. My HP PhotoSmart C5180n works like a CHAMP in x64. Vista detects the IP, installs the new drivers, and we’re good to go. The 1350W, my workhorse printer, just sits there.
Now, I’m sure I would have caught this earlier if, well, I ran the Vista Readiness Analyzer or something, but… heh, what’s the fun in that? According to Konica Minolta’s web site, Vista will have a x86 driver, but there has never and will never be a x64 bit driver. Well, that’s pretty poor.
Here’s how I worked around it:
- If you have another x86 machine, which I do (Win XP SP2), install the printer on that machine using the correct x86 printer drivers.
- Network share that printer out, ex: \devserver1\PagePro1350
- On the x64 Vista machine, download the Windows XP x64 PagePro 1400W printer drivers. Extract them to a directory you can get to.
- Add a new printer (as administrator). Assign it to the FILE: port for now, but associate the 1400W printer driver to it.
- Go into the printer’s properties (as administrator), Ports tab.
- Click the ‘Add Port…’ button. Add a Local Port and for the path, put in the UNC path from step #2 above.
- UNCHECK ‘Enable bidirectional support’. This doesn’t appear to work with that checked.
- Click Apply.
- Print a test page. W00t.
I’d also assume you could use Virtual PC 2007, Virtual Server 2005 R2, or some other virtualization technology to “recreate” a x86 machine (if you do not have a spare computer)… but, I haven’t tested that.