A question: when switched on, does the power light of the printer blinks ? Anyway, try:
1. To install the printer, click on the drivers .exe....the installer will ask you to connect the printer and switch it on... then follow on screen insructions [this is quite different from others where I first install the drivers, then plug in the device for it to be detected by Windows, whereby it installs itself.
2. Install the printer manually [Windows 9x method]. Connect the printer and switch on....Windows will detect the new hardware and try to install it....then ask you for the CD....or a location where the drivers are. Choose thee location, i.e. point to the CD drive or the folder where you have saved the downloaded drivrrs...
3. Use the add hardware wizard at Control Panel...
[ In all the above cases, uninstall previous attempted installations, and reboot before tring to install again]
Vista Sucks!! Now that I have that out of the way??.
I upgraded from XP Pro to Vista Ult. and can no longer use my Lexmark X7170. Check this: Installed new drivers from Lexmark. WILL NOT COMMUNICATE. (In 20+ years of IT, I have never had a printer defeat me until now!!)
Printer works on other PC's. A loaner Epson works. Both are USB.
Uninstalled/rebooted/re-installed. Same. Uninstalled. Cleared all files. Cleared registry. Rebooted. Re-installed. Same. 19 tries....
Tired out Lexmark support. Tired out Microsoft support.
Any genius want to try?
++ Yeah, when I am employed again, I will get a new PC with Win 7, but that could be awhile. Real help would be appreciated. ++
And the WPD driver just loaded for the 48th time. Does that with almost every reboot. Any way to stop that?