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I'm trying to use an old GCC Elite 12N B&W laser printer for printing schoolwork and other miscellany on 64 bit Windows 7. The only drivers available are 32 bit. As far as I know, it's not possible to use 32 bit drivers on a 64 bit OS, but is there some sort of generic Postscript driver I could substitute?

If the drivers are, in fact, compatible, could someone suggest a way to modify the INF file so that Windows will recognize it?

Thanks for your help!

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Possibly related:… – BinaryMisfit Aug 25 '09 at 22:18
please retag windows7 – Johan Aug 26 '09 at 9:59
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All laser printers support basic PCL5e or even PCL6. If you are only printing basic jobs (no double-sided, no multiple paper sizes), then I would just use any old HP LaserJet driver.

When you add a new printer, choose from the list of built-in drivers and choose HP then choose something like the HP LaserJet 5si (We use this driver at work for programs that manipulate the PCL stream). That will install Windows' standard PCL driver and it should work just fine.

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Perfect, I don't need anything more than basic functionality. This works great! Thanks a bunch for your help. – user8370 Aug 28 '09 at 4:28
PCL support is not universal, even on HP laser printers. For example, the Laserjet 1000 is a 'host based' printer that only understands the ZjStream wire protocol. – Mark Johnson Feb 25 '10 at 22:58

That doesn't appear to be a postscript printer so a postscript driver won't help. You'll need the appropriate drivers. There is no way I know of to load a 32-bit driver onto a 64-bit system. On Windows 7 the printer drivers are run in an isolation process so it may be technically possible to do, but I don't think support for doing so was added to the OS.

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There's always Windows XP Mode (Windows XP SP3 in a VM). – Mark Johnson Feb 25 '10 at 23:00
According to a CNET review, it supports Postscript Level 2 -… – Mark Johnson Feb 25 '10 at 23:11

You should be able to use the 32-bit driver. I have not had any problem with my own printer.

At least Vista is capable of knowing how to use the drivers from my experience.

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Unfortunately it won't let me. I've tried every form of Have Disk, Install Manually... it finds the INF files but when I try to use them, I get a message that says no drivers were found. – user8370 Aug 25 '09 at 21:26
Maybe you can add it as a legacy hardware?… – RiddlerDev Aug 25 '09 at 22:16
You can't install a 32-bit driver on a 64-bit OS. Sorry. This just isn't going to work. – Steve Rowe Aug 26 '09 at 7:28
Have you tried this? I have and it doesn't work. That may have been because the printer had a GDI driver. – CAD bloke Oct 15 '09 at 2:33
Yep I tried it on mine. That could be possible with the GDI driver though. – RiddlerDev Oct 27 '09 at 16:35

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