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Printer. HP compatible with Dell?

by wannalearn / January 18, 2009 12:53 AM PST

I have a Dell computer Inspiron 530. The printer is a Photo 926. The printer is defective in that the black ink cartridge will not snap in and seat properly. When I try to print, I get the message: "Left ink cartridge not supported." I have tried repeatedly to press it down and get it to firmly snap in, to no avail. Frustrating! As a last resort, I banged the cartridge with a hammer.

I have the printer from my last computer. It is a Hewlett Packard Deskjet 882C. Would it be compatible with the Dell computer (Inspiron 530) which I have now? Could I hook up (plug in) the old HP printer to the Dell computer which I now have?

I'm not going to buy another Dell cartridge or another Dell printer. It's just not worth the trial and error. I'll either do without a printer or buy a new HP computer and printer.

So whadda ya think? Can I hook up my old HP printer to the Dell computer? Will appreciate responses. If you guys say my HP printer is not compatible with my Dell computer, I will promptly take the Dell printer outdoors to my concrete slab patio; throw it as high into the air as I can ... and watch it smash-land! GRRRRRRR!

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Hp printer(s)
by Phil Crase / January 18, 2009 1:06 AM PST

It should but you didn't say what OS you are running, XP/VISTA. The HP you are attempting to hook up is fairly old, XP generally doesn't have an issue with printers (plug and play) With Vista there is going to be an issue, software drivers. You also didn't say whether you have the load disk for the printer, would be nice to know but definitely give it a try, can't hurt anything.

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It's just an issue of drivers
by Jimmy Greystone / January 18, 2009 4:51 AM PST
In reply to: Hp printer(s)

It's just an issue of drivers, not some kind of strange Vista oddity. XP had pretty much the same driver model that NT4 and Windows2000 used, so it wasn't a huge culture shock to most hardware makers to create XP drivers. Half the time they were just repackaged Windows2000 drivers. With Vista, Microsoft changed the driver model to accommodate some of the changes they made to the core OS, and didn't really do the best of jobs letting hardware makers in on the changes.

So the real failure is Microsoft's lack of communication about changes with Vista's driver model, not Vista itself. There are plenty of ways Vista fails miserably, but it really is not worthy of all the horror stories people like to come up with for it. And spreading this kind of borderline superstition nonsense doesn't help anyone.

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The only possible concern
by Jimmy Greystone / January 18, 2009 1:08 AM PST

The only possible concern is whether or not there are Vista drivers for that old HP printer.

It doesn't matter who made the printer, it's not like HP printers will only work on HP computers, because that would be a bit short sighted from a sales standpoint wouldn't it? What matters is that there are drivers for whatever operating system you're running.

Your post also begs the question of why you haven't make a warranty claim on the defective printer to get a non-defective unit.

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Printer compatibility
by wannalearn / January 18, 2009 1:24 AM PST

Much thanks to all for the responses.

I'm using Windows Vista (which seems to have weird, strange and supernatural issues with just about everything).

The defective Dell printer is a year old this month. Warranty has no doubt expired. Dealing with Dell is like dealing with hell anyway.

I'll plug in the old HP printer and see what happens.

Thanks again for responses.

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HP Printer compatibilty with Dell computer
by seasangel1225 / January 18, 2009 4:43 AM PST

I have my Inspiron 530 hooked up to an HP Deskjet F2210 and it works great. Usually printers can be switched out between different computer brands. Give it a shot, you have nothing to lose and you'll save money too. Good Luck

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