winxp drivers for old printers

This is a discussion on winxp drivers for old printers within the Tech Board forums, part of the Community Boards category; ok here's the problem... i have this old printer, actually its ancient (from the 80's) and the drivers that come ...

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    winxp drivers for old printers

    ok here's the problem...

    i have this old printer, actually its ancient (from the 80's) and the drivers that come w/ xp don't work w/ it. Now i know you are going to laugh because yes i am using a printer from the 80's, but in the 15 years i've had it, i've had to refill the toner twice at about 40 bucks a time. So its saving me a ton of money, and if i need to print something in color i use my inkjet. I had win95 up until recently and the old printer worked fine w/ the standard win95 drivers, but it doesn't work w/ the xp ones. If anyone could direct to a site or something to get xp drivers for an old printer i'd appreciate it.

    The printer is a panasonic KX-P4420.

    (and because i know someone will ask, yes i did get on panasonic's website and look, and the newest drivers they have are for win3.1 lol)

    thanks
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    I would say...

    ... your out of luck.

    XP doesn't officially support anything over 3 (2?) years old, so something from the 80's certainly isn't supported

    I would say to use a win 2000 driver, but since that doesn't exist, I think the only way your gonna get it to work is write your own driver

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    that's kinda what i figured...

    so ummm how hard is it to write your own driver

    i know it's probably not worth the effort but i have no life anyway
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    From Panasonic's website:

    Note):

    Regarding the following printers, Printer Drivers are included in WindowsXP CD-ROM as standard
    Category Model

    Monochrome Laser Printer KX-P4410, KX-P4420, KX-P4430, KX-P4440, KX-P4450, KX-P4410i, KX-P4451, KX-P4455, KX-P5400, KX-P5410, KX-P6500(PCL)

    Dot Matrix Printer KX-P1081, KX-P1121, KX-P1123, KX-P1124, KX-P1124i, KX-P1150,KX-P1170, KX-P1180, KX-P1624, KX-P1695, KX-P2023, KX-P2123,KX-P2124, KX-P2130, KX-P2180, KX-P2624, KX-P3123, KX-P3624

    So it should work with Windows XP

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    Re: winxp drivers for old printers

    Originally posted by heat511
    the drivers that come w/ xp don't work w/ it.

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    the drivers that come w/ 95 work, because the printer works on my win95 comp, but not on xp

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    >standard Category Model

    if this doesn't work, perhaps when it asks for a driver, feed it a search off your Win95 disk... tho i don't see why the above wouldn't...
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    Hmm, well I have the Panasonic KX-P1080i. Witch does not even have a driver on Post 3.1 Windows OS.

    Acording t Panasonic I should use the Epson RX-80 Emulation for windows 95 and I'm guessing anything above it.

    Well anyways the Epson RX-80 Emulation driver does not work and instead I use another driver. It's not installed now so I can't rember what it is.
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