Quite often a manufacturer's driver for a later model in a particular series will work for earlier models in that series. I have for instance used the driver for an HP930C for an older HP750. Your mileage may vary...
I'm trying to restore order at home after some major renovation in the basement that included ripping out and replacing walls, replacing damaged ceiling, re-wiring the LAN and cable service. It's been about 3 weeks since we've been able to use the TV because it was buried under a protective tarp due to dust and such.
I also decided to move some computers around to match current work habits.
That's all straightforward, right? Or not.
Somewhere along the line the cable service was disrupted. I don't know if the Telco guy did it when he changed the Internet (it comes off the same box) or if the electricians did it when they re-routed the coax or if the set top box just rolled over and died. Of course we discovered the problem Saturday evening so there was no hope of a quick fix. I don't even know how to test if the cable is getting signal since everything has gone digital and requires a set top box. All I know for certain is that whether or not the coax is connected, the set top box reports a problem and says to contact the cable company - which makes me suspect that the electricians botched the cabling. It wouldn't be the only problem with the wiring that we have discovered this weekend. It's a bit annoying that when they go in to correct their errors they will mess up newly installed wall and ceiling.
Then I discovered that the computer I want to use to host the printer won't install the scanner driver. It's an older driver that installed just fine on XP (either original XP or SP1, can't remember) but the PCs are all up to SP3 now and it won't install (and from my reading it appears I'm not the only person struggling with this). It still works fine on the computer that's been hosting the printer for the last five years. Curiously, it works just fine under Windows 7. One of the service packs must have nuked something in the install program but not in the driver itself. Thankfully, Win 7 doesn't use an install program for this printer. Oh well. There isn't much chance that anybody will be writing new driver updates for 6-7 year old multi-function printers. I'll limp along for now. It isn't worth reinstalling the original XP and then doing all the updates just to get a scanner working. I'll hook it up to the laptop when I need to scan.
Here I thought that the hard part was over once the workmen were finished. It looks like the fun is just beginning.